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.