Dieting Tips From the Experts
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Let’s dive into insight from Dietitians over at Web.MD and see what their best advice is regarding dieting:
- Eat fast food weekly, however make smart choices.
This is some good real world advice. Since everyone is in a rush and fast food is a big part of the American lifestyle, just limit yourself to one splurge of fast food a week but remember to keep it healthy. For example, get a salad and fruit cup for lunch from your favorite chain restaurant or gas station.
- Limit yourself to ONLY 1 diet soda a day.
Sugary filled drinks are there wherever you go so be smart. Switch to a diet soda beverage but only have one a day.
- Have a pizza night.
This is fun, easy and can be so very healthy. Get some whole grain crust, some veggies on top and you can serve it with a side of fruit or salad.
- If your cereal has less than 3 grams of fiber, toss it.
These cereals are usually low in sugar too so it’s a double whammy.
- Eat more protein.
Protein is what gives your body so much energy. Having this for every meal and even as snacks will help you stay less hungry for longer.
- Keep a scoreboard of your fruits and veggies.
If you keep score of this, it will allow you to eat more fruits and veggies throughout the day. And if it is close to dinner time and you still had no veggies, it gives you one more meal to make the day a healthy one.
- Save alcohol just for the weekends.
With lots of sugar and calories, it is a good idea to keep the fun and relaxing to weekends. This is good because this is usually when most people socialize anyways.
- Have an after-dinner (non-alcoholic) beverage.
Having a cup of tea, a glass of water, or a decaf coffee is a great idea if you are big into sweets. It helps you steer clear of the cookies and ice cream and can even help soothe your stomach before bedtime.
- Make produce foods your “before dinner” appetizer.
Since most people get hungry and anxious for food while they are cooking up dinner, it’s a great idea to snack on some fresh veggies that will fill your stomach with the good stuff.
- Have 4 colors in each meal.
This means the natural colors of the food of course! Food coloring won’t work here unfortunately.