We all know that nutrition is a hugely important part of losing weight. What we ingest – and how much – significantly affects whether we gain, lose, or maintain our weight. We also know that the typical American diet is high in saturated fat, sodium, and sugar, and low in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, calcium, and fiber – a dangerous combination that contributes to four of the six leading causes of death in the United States.
But how to make lasting changes? And where to start? Especially during the summer months, when hot dogs, hamburgers, and ice cream abound?
Start with a Plan
Talk to your doctor, and devise a healthy weight loss strategy that takes your current weight, fitness level, and other relevant factors into account. And then plan, plan, plan. Plan your meals. Plan your snacks. Plan your grocery shopping trips.
Make it Fun
Eating healthy doesn’t mean eating too little (far from it!) or eating food devoid of taste. To start you off: try these tips and recipes for grilling fruit – a delicious and nutritious alternative to hamburgers and hot dogs. Or check out this helpful list of foods that make you feel full, longer. You can also check out our blog post and recipe for a healthy turkey burger by Kent Whitaker, a culinary writer and cookbook author. And remember: good nutrition and weight loss are long-term commitments. But the effects on the way you feel are immediate.
Click on the links below to read more about healthy eating and nutrition.
- National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “Health Tips for Adults”
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Healthy Eating for a Healthy Weight”
- National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, “Healthy Eating Plan”