MOVE! With US into Spring
Could you use a spring makeover? In addition to assessing the needs of your home and vehicle after the long, cold winter, consider taking personal stock of your lifestyle habits.
Does your body mass index (BMI) peg you at being overweight or obese? Do you spend at least 30 minutes a day on moderate to vigorous exercise?
Is your diet FLAVORFUL?
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Ask the Experts
What are some common barriers to weight loss?
"I get frustrated because I don't see results fast enough."
Most people gain weight slowly over time, even years. You will be more successful at keeping weight off if you lose it gradually and not over a short period of time. Losing 5% to 10% of your current body weight can have health benefits.
"I don't have the will power to stick to a plan."
You don't have to change everything all at once. Try making one change at a time, like decreasing portion sizes, then after that has become routine, make more changes. It can also help if you have friends or family who are making changes with you.
"Can't I just skip meals to lose weight?"
It's important to eat enough, but not too much. Skipping meals isn't the answer for long term success at managing your weight. The goal is to pick the best food and beverage options in the right amounts. Your Daily Food Plan shows you what and how much to eat and drink from each food group. Stick to your plan instead of skipping meals.
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How to Spot a Fad Diet
A fad diet is a weight loss plan or aid that promises dramatic results. These diets typically do not result in long-term weight loss and they are usually not very healthy. In fact, some of these diets can actually be dangerous to your health.
There are many fad diets: fat-free, very-low-carbohydrate, high-protein, or those that focus on one particular food, such as grapefruit or cabbage. Many of these diets may lack major nutrients, such as dietary fiber and carbohydrates, as well as selected vitamins, minerals, and protective phytochemicals.
Fad diets often are appealing since they promise weight loss that is very quick and easy. However, most of the weight lost using a fad diet is water and muscle mass, so the weight is easily regained once the diet is stopped.
The bottom line is simple: if a diet or product sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There are no foods or pills that magically burn fat. Think twice about "diets" that:
Devoting yourself to a lifestyle that includes regular exercise and eating a variety of foods with moderate portions is still the best method to lose weight and to keep it off.
Source: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; Cleveland Clinic Online
Health Tip of the Week
Did you know that you can build willpower like you build a muscle? You exercise it over time.
Researchers found that people who stuck to a diet and exercise regimen lost weight and did better on a test of self-control after 6 months. The key is to hang in there to reap the reward of healthy habit development.
Looking for a fast and tasty way to get more veggies into your diet? Follow our simple recipe for a spinach smoothie!
Video courtesy of Nutrition and Food Services
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Chill at least 1 hour before serving.
HOT TIP: Serve the salad as a side dish. Pair with grilled chicken, a turkey burger or veggie burger.
Nutrition Facts per Serving:
Source: Whole Foods Market