The ABCs of Weight Loss
We've got 26 tips to help you succeed.
Think you know your ABCs? I'm not talking about the classroom basics you
learned in first grade, but the fundamentals of weight loss success. Here are
26 of my best diet tips, from A to Z:
A is for attitude. A can-do attitude will help you get over
the inevitable hurdles of weight loss. Anticipate slip-ups -- they happen. But
instead of letting them derail your weight loss efforts, learn from them and
get right back on track. You don't have to be perfect to lose weight and be
healthy. Just keep your eye on the target and keep moving forward, one step at
B is for breakfast. It really is the most important meal of
the day. Don't leave home without eating something nutritious to get your
metabolism perking and give you energy for the day ahead. It can be a banana,
low-fat yogurt, cereal, last night's leftovers, etc. A small meal that contains
both fiber and protein can keep you feeling satisfied until lunchtime.
C is for calories. They do count. Get into the habit of
reading food labels to help you make healthy choices. And keep in mind that all
the information listed there is based on the portion size the label specifies
(which may not be the size of the portion you usually eat). Monitoring your
portions and learning more about the calories in the foods you enjoy will help
you meet your goals.
Diets don't work. There are hundreds of diets that will
help you lose weight, but what good is losing weight if you gain it right back?
Eating crazy food combinations or eliminating food groups is not the way to
keep weight off. Instead, choose a nutritionally balanced plan with enough
calories to keep you from feeling famished (like the WebMD Weight
Loss Clinic eating plans).
Eating regular meals is essential. Experts agree that you
should go no longer than 4 to 5 hours between meals. Otherwise, intense hunger
can trigger a binge. Some experts believe dieters have better control if they
eat several mini-meals throughout the day. Choose the meal pattern that works
best in your lifestyle, but make sure to eat at least three meals per day.
Fiber is nature's weight loss aid. It comes in two forms,
soluble (the gummy type found in oatmeal and beans) and insoluble (the type
found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains). Both are important to good
health. Soluble fiber can help to lower
cholesterol; insoluble contains indigestible fibers that add bulk to our
diets. Both forms of fiber swell in the stomach and help to create a feeling of
fullness. Most high-fiber foods are also high in water and low in calories,
making them must-have diet foods.