Lasting lifetime change

A report from the Institute of Medicine recommends that we consume 20 to 35 percent of our total calories from fat. So how many grams of fat does this equate to? How do you determine how many calories and fat grams you are eating daily?

This can be difficult even if you read labels since not all food items have labels. It's difficult enough to learn new eating habits to lose weight.

By following the food exchanges for each food group allowed in a Diet Center weight loss program, you can focus on the food instead of fat percentages and fat grams.

Sticking to the daily allowances keep your total fat, carbohydrate and protein grams within dietary guidelines. The food selections listed in a Diet Center meal plan will guide you to select healthy, low-fat food choices.

Changing your food choices to be healthier so that you reach your weight loss goals is a change that should become a way of life. Many people fear that once they have reached their goal weight, they will gain their weight back. This happens because people go back to their old eating habits.

Changing your food choices is a long-term change that will help bring about long-term weight loss results. Studies show that people will continue to select healthy food options with repeated exposure.

Studies also show that counseling and other incentives help support behavior changes.

What about exercise, does it really make a difference? A study looked at elderly people who were previously sedentary, who began exercising between the ages of 80 to 92. These people either walked on a treadmill or rode an exercise bike for about 20 minutes, two times per week. After six months, they significantly improved their cardiovascular fitness levels.

Also, they lowered their blood pressure. Researchers found that with more exercise, there was greater improvement in health.

It's never too late to begin an exercise routine. Besides improved cardiovascular fitness and lower blood pressure, it will help with weight loss, help decrease body fat, help increase lean muscle mass, help control appetite, help improve metabolism, and help increase energy levels at any age!

A Diet Center weight loss program helps one incorporate exercise into his/her life.

If you are unhappy with your weight, please call me today at (928) 753-5066 or stop by the Diet Center at 1848 Hope Ave., Suite 1, in Kingman.