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Healthy Bites: January 2012
 

New Year, New Start!
By: Andrea Anfuso-Sisto, RD

If weight control or healthy eating is a goal of yours for 2012, here are some helpful tips:

EAT BREAKFAST: Yes, research shows that individuals who eat breakfast are more successful at attaining and maintaining their weight goals. Choose healthy whole grains, low fat dairy, and/or fruit, lean protein, and add some healthy fats.

SET A GOAL: What is your goal weight? If you have a realistic goal, you are more likely to achieve it. Weight loss should be gradual; 1-2 pounds a week is recommended. Remember, there are 52 weeks in a year.

GET ON THE SCALE: If you don't own a scale and don't have regular access to one, buy one! It is best to track your progress. You may want to keep a written record of your weight to better keep you on track. Weigh in once or twice a week.

KNOW YOUR NUMBERS: Check your BMI (www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/) and your waist circumference. Men with a waist circumference >40 inches and women >35 inches are at high risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease. Data can help keep you on track.

CHANGE YOUR HABITS: If you aren't happy with your weight and overall health, evaluate your current habits and see what you can change.

MAKE TIME: Most people lead very busy lives. It is important to schedule time to exercise, as this is a key ingredient to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Also, make time to shop for and prepare healthy foods.

Schedule an appointment with a nutrition professional by calling 201-634-5371.

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