10 Tips for healthy weight loss & weight maintenance

By: Diane McLaren Feb 09, 2012

What are some simple tips that can help me lose weight and keep it off?

Excellent everyday nutrition tips that everyone can benefit from.

1. When you first feel a pang of hunger, don't reach for the regular sugary carb snack. Instead, reach for an 8 oz. glass of clean purified water. This will suppress the feeling of hunger that's often mistaken when the body really wants water anyway.

2. At every meal time, eat slowly then stop eating when you are about 80% complete. It takes the brain about 20 minutes to register food is on the way and this is a great way to control the serving size, feel satisfied and still eat well.

3. When indulging on "evil" foods like desert trays (we all do), don't try to eat them all! Instead take 1 or 2 samples and really enjoy each...without guilt.

4. Eat fresh fruits between meals. The best time to eat fruit is either 30 minutes before or midway between meals as it help regulate blood sugar and diminish cravings.

5. When you are selecting a meal, try to avoid mixing proteins (meats) with starches (like breads or potatoes).

6. Limit animal protein consumption to not more than 4-5 servings per week which means some days you should be consuming vegetarian dishes.

7. Do substitute animal proteins with legumes, but start slowly. You can use lentils, dry beans and peas and you'd be amazed at just how delicious the recipes are.

8. Do not drink liquids with your meals. If you are thirsty, have a glass of clean water 10 minutes or so before the meal. While you are eating, you want your body to be efficient at digesting the foods and absorbing the nutrients you are consuming. 

9. Don't skip breakfast or wait till you're starving to eat as this will encourage binging. Have a snack of veggies and a fruit with you between meals and drink water which will help avert feelings of starvation.

10. Do overdose on vegetables with every lunch and evening meal! Have 6 cups or more throughout the day and look for ways to enjoy them raw. When you want your veggies cooked, lightly stream them to persevere their essential nutrients (no one ever gained weight eating too many veggies!).

Adopt these top 10 healthy weight loss tips slowly and the new habits you learn will form the basis of an excellent weight maintenance program.

Diane McLaren is a well regarded Holistic Health Practitioner in Canada.  She is a  Registered Nutritionist, Clinically Certified Iridologist, Herbalist, Reflexologist, Coach & gifted trainer who really does "Walk The Talk".

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