November 4, 2014 4:21 am
"There are dozens of reasons people look to develop healthier eating habits, ranging from weight loss to disease prevention," said Rene Ficek, registered dietitian and nutrition expert for Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating (SSHE). "Regardless of the motivation, success begins with a well-balanced eating plan that is based on sound nutrition and physical activity."
Ficek offers this advice to individuals looking for a new approach to eating:
- Adopting a healthy diet is the key to successful, long-term weight loss. A healthy diet provides adequate calories and nutrients to support your body's energy and nutritional needs while allowing you to shed an average of 1-2 pounds per week.
- Be wary of diet plans that promise loss of five or more pounds per week, which is unrealistic and unhealthy.
- Look for a meal plan that takes the guesswork out of eating right by serving calorie- and portion-controlled meals that reflect a well-balanced diet.
- Aim for at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. If you have been primarily sedentary, start slowly with a moderate walk each day, working up to more aggressive cardiovascular exercise and weight training to develop muscle.
- Find ways to make your new lifestyle as convenient as possible, such as meal programs that save on grocery shopping and cooking time or gyms that specialize in short, well-rounded workouts.
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