Keep the Weight Off
Avoid Common Diet Traps That Cause People to Regain Weight
There are lots of diet programs out there. Before you sign up, the FDA suggests that you ask these questions:
- What are the health risks?
- What data can you show me that your program really works?
- Do your other customers keep their weight off after they leave the program?
- Do you have a weight-maintenance program? Does it cost extra?
- What kind of supervision do you offer? What credentials to these supervisors have?
- What's involved? Are there special foods, counseling visits, or exercise plans?
The Sensible Approach: Get Real
You don't have to join a diet program to lose weight and keep it off. You do need to make a plan. This plan must be realistic. If you can lose a pound a week, that's great. If all you are able to do is stop gaining weight, you're still ahead of the game.
Here are the first steps:
- Talk to a professional. A doctor, a dietician, or another qualified health professional can help you determine your ideal healthy body weight -- and the safest way for you to get there.
- Eat smaller portions.
- Eat out less often; portion control in restaurants can be difficult.
- Eat a wide variety of foods to be sure you're getting the nutrition you need.
- Eat lots of foods with lots of fiber. These include fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
- Eat fewer high-fat foods. These include dairy products like cheese, butter, and whole milk; red meat; cakes; and pastries.
- Avoid drinking sweetened beverages and soda; drink water instead.
- Do regular aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities each week.
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