Why wait? Lose that weight.

Posted on: January 24, 2018

The holidays are over and most of us have packed on a few extra pounds that we would now like to shed. Some of us have even made that New Year’s resolution to lose weight. But when it comes to actually taking steps to lose those extra pounds, it turns out as we all know, it’s not that easy.

Dietitian Stacy Baumeister with Methodist North Hospital says one of the best things you can do is to start small. 

“By making a few small changes, you will discover that it is possible to lose weight,” said Baumeister. “Those small changes can include watching your portion size and planning your meals for a day.”

Baumeister says forget the fad diets because they are impossible to keep up long term. It’s all about changing your lifestyle she says.

“Changing what you eat is very individual. Some people do well eating three meals a day. Six small meals work well for others,” explains Baumeister.

Remember to eat slowly and enjoy your food. Baumeister says it takes 20 minutes before your body realizes it’s full.

Here are a few other tips she recommends:

  • Have easy to grab snacks on hand such as raw veggies with a low fat dip or low fat yogurt.
  • Drink a glass of water before a meal to help you feel a little full.
  • Use small plates. You can’t put as much food on a smaller plate.
  • When you are eating out, when your meal arrives ask for a to-go box and divide the meal before you eat so you have another meal to eat later.

Baumeister says moderation is key. You don’t have to cut out one thing entirely. So don’t skip that dessert, just eat a smaller potion and don’t have dessert after every meal.

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