Keep up with old weight-loss resolutions

Posted by: Smilie on 07/20/2007 - 02:01 AM

• The little black dress: All right, it doesn’t have to be black, and it doesn’t have to be a dress, but it does have to be little. Too little or too tight for you to wear comfortably or tastefully. It could be a favorite pair of shorts, a sleeveless tank top or a sundress. Some successful long-term weight-loss experts feel it is motivating for them to bring out old clothes that no longer fit as a visual motivator. Seeing that itsy bitsy teeny weenie little bikini might propel you to action.

• Try eating at home more often: Recent studies show that adults who eat at home more often have much healthier diets. Think about it. What are your choices away from home? How many times a week do you run into the fast-food joint to pick up something quick? That habit may be contributing to extra pounds.

• Add purposeful activity: America has too many fannies parked on the couch/desk instead of walking to the park. Sitting for longer than an hour drops the calorie burn to nearly the rate of sleeping. Try “wasting” calories by being inefficient in your home. Try hanging clothes on the line, pulling weeds, washing your car by hand, going berry picking or going on a walk to pick up cans/bottles.

• Plan meals in advance: Make yourself a grocery list of your menu each week.

• Enlist the help of a registered dietitian: Perhaps you are contemplating starting on the new weight loss over-the-counter medication called Alli? Check with a dietitian before you make any big changes.

• Trick your taste buds with low-fat options: Many products – such as salad dressing, sour cream, cream cheese or mayonnaise – have a low-fat or reduced-fat variety. Choose these more often, and you can save 50 percent to 75 percent more calories. Try the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter butter-flavored spray on your baked potatoes or veggies. This contains 0 calories and 0 fats. Find it in the refrigerated section by the butter/margarine.

• Eat breakfast for a metabolic boost: The body idles overnight. Eating breakfast is one way to jump-start the calorie-burning process. Don’t have time for breakfast? Try rising 15 minutes earlier so you can take full advantage of all the calorie burning that eating breakfast will allow you. It is a fact that breakfast skippers weigh more than breakfast eaters. If you keep doing the things you are doing, you will get the same results. Eating breakfast is a proven weight-loss habit.

• Use applesauce for oil in baking: Substituting applesauce for oil or butter produces a delicious product with much less fat. When my college students make brownies using applesauce, everyone agrees they taste better than the traditional brownies made with oil.

• Eat fish at least twice a week: Fish has been called the ultimate diet food. It is low in fat, high in protein and fits into a weight-loss diet. Check out the individual frozen fish in the freezer case.

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