In the midst o an obesity epi-demic, it’s easy to ignore thatlittle bit o extra weight you maybe carrying around. But expertswarn that any amount o excessat tissue around the middle canboost your risk or serious healthissues like heart disease, diabetesand more.And unortunately, there areno really easy solutions when itcomes to sustained weight loss.“Fad diets promising a quickx may help you drop weightquickly, but these programs cando more harm than good,” saysDr. Jen Sacheck, Associate Pro-essor o Nutrition at Tuts Uni-versity and co-author o the newbook, “Thinner this Year: A Dietand Exercise Program or LivingStrong, Fit, and Sexy.”Sacheck, along with motiva-tional speaker and co-authorChris Crowley, explain in plainEnglish the science o what goeson inside your body -- both whenyou’re taking care o yoursel andwhen you’re not. They’re urgingthose two-thirds o Americansthat are overweight or obese tostop searching or magic weightloss solutions.“Preaching a commitment toproper nutrition and regular exer-cise may not win us any popular-ity contests,” quips Crowley, “butat the end o the day, hard workis the only healthul way to loseweight and keep it o or good.”Not only that, eating right andgetting exercise can boost yourmood, make you eel younger, andgive you an overall better outlookon lie.Whether you’re looking to dropthose extra pounds, or maintaina healthy weight as you age, keepthese guidelines in mind:
• Avoidance of entire food
groups or excessive consumptiono others isn’t healthy, realisticor sustainable. Why? Carbohy-drates, ats and proteins playnecessary and unique unctionswithin our bodies and supplydierent nutrients crucial orhealth.
• Ditch wasteful calories
that come rom oods that arenutritionally void -- think pro-cessed and overly packagedoods, rened, four products, allthings ried or covered in creamygoop, sports drinks and otherbeverages with added sugar. Bot-tom line: eat real ood.
• About half of your diet should
be ruits and vegetables. Enjoyhealthy ats in moderation andavoid saturated and trans at.When eating meat, make it lean.
• Don’t starve! You need
energy to go about your day,especially i you’re physicallyactive. Skipping meals can actu-ally lower your metabolism,making it harder to burn calo-ries and lose weight.
• Be prepared to commit to
regular aerobic exercise andresistance training. There are noshortcuts. Exercise or orty-veto sixty minutes a day, six days aweek, or the rest o your lie.
• Stay connected with friends
and amily. “We are built to caredeeply about one another. Getisolated and you will literally getsick,” says Crowley. Friends canalso oer the best support when itcomes to achieving your goals.For more inormation, or to con-nect with others, visit www.Thin-nerThisYear.com.The sooner you get started, thesooner you’ll see positive change.But remember; when it comes tosustainable weight loss, there areno miracles.
Tips for keeping off winter pounds
Eating real food, especially fruits and vegetables, is a key to a healthyweight.
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