Weight loss is tough in the United States, where we are surrounded by high-calorie foods everywhere, sedentary lifestyles are the norm and where busy schedules can crowd out consistent time for exercise. All of which makes finding the best diet difficult.
Of course, there is no magic trick to weight loss, which is a result of more calories expended than ingested – generally from eating healthier foods and limiting portions, as well as exercising regularly. And there isn’t necessarily a best diet, per se.
But we found some of the best diet tips from the experts at Web MD, and here we share a few that may enhance your weight management success.
Best Diet Tips
- Drink lots of H20 – Sometimes you may not really be hungry, but just thirsty. Fill up throughout the day.
- Reduce nighttime snacking – Eating mindlessly in front of the TV can easily add pounds. Stop eating after dinner, or limit yourself to a small, healthy snack.
- Eat protein at every meal – Protein fills you up for longer than carbs or fat, so choose lean meats, poultry, seafood, yogurt, cheese, beans and nuts when possible.
- Keep healthy food on hand – Make sure you have frozen veggies, fruit, chicken breast, whole grain pasta, canned tomatoes and beans and bagged salads at home so you can always quickly put together a healthy meal.
- Eat breakfast – Studies show that skipping breakfast can lead to overeating later. Rev your metabolism by eating a healthy breakfast each day, even if you have to eat on the go or when you get to your office or school.
- Add fiber – In addition to filling you up, fiber helps with digestion and can lower cholesterol. Eat fruits and veggies, whole grain breads/pasta, oatmeal and beans.
- Trade pasta/bread for veggies – Substituting veggies for breads and pasta is a valuable swap that helps you save lot of calories.
- Check portion sizes – Our portions in this country are huge. Review food labels, use kitchen scales, measuring cups and consult handy apps to ensure that your portion sizes are in check.
- Limit alcohol – Beer, wine and alcohol all are high in calories and can lead to indulging in high-fat foods as well. Set limits and stick to them.
- Shop smarter – Don’t bring home fattening cookies, donuts, chips, fried foods and more – because the temptation to eat these foods is too great, especially when they are right in your kitchen. If you want to get a treat, make it somewhat inconvenient.
Ultimately, the best diet is one that includes a variety of nutritious foods and fuels your body to stay at a healthy weight.