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Four steps to shed the pounds

Weigh-in

Researchers have found that successful dieters check their weight routinely. This prevents any slip-ups from getting worse. It's normal for a person to fluctuate a couple of pounds. However, if a person's weight is up a pound or two, then that individual should be more vigilant about their eating habits and possibly increase activity levels.

On the go

According to a recent survey, nine out of 10 people eat meals on the go. About 60 percent eat on the go daily, and about 26 percent eat on the go two or three times a day. Many people reported that they fail to think about eating healthy while eating on the go. Traveling, dining out, and eating at the workplace were examples of times when people ate without considering nutrition. People surveyed indicated that they fail to keep health and wellness in mind when they crave sweets or feel stressed.

It's important to eat and fuel your body, however, eating nutritious, balanced meals is essential to staying on track with your weight. It's important to be prepared and plan meals. Have fresh pre-washed salads or pre-cut vegetables available. Fresh fruit, low-fat cheese sticks, yogurt and nuts are other healthy items to have on hand. Consider Diet Center meal replacement bars, which offer several vitamins and minerals in addition to calorie and portion control.

Be consistent

There are over 5,000 members of the National Weight Loss Registry. These members have successfully lost an average of 66 pounds and kept it off for an average of 5-1/2 years. One strategy that most members use is maintaining consistency in their eating habits. Most successful dieters practice the same eating behaviors over weekends as well as during the week. Researchers find that people who are consistent with their eating habits are more likely to maintain their weight.

Practice good eating habits every day. Focus on sticking to your Diet Center or other weight loss guidelines, portion sizing, and preparing healthy, balanced meals all week long. Avoid being strict during the week, and then slacking on weekends or special occasions.

Habits

Do you ever consider how work habits affect your eating habits? For example, are you busy, stressed or bored at work? Do you find yourself eating to deal with emotions?

Some people have a habit of snacking throughout the day. Snacking is not necessarily bad. Assess the kind of snacks you have. Instead of high calorie, high sugar foods, keep healthy options around. Whole grain cereal, rice cakes or Melba toast. Always keep your exchanges and portions in mind. Avoid snacking just because food is there. Break the habit of eating when you are not hungry.

Thank you for reading Diet Center's tip of the week. Call (928) 753-5066 or stop by 1848 Hope Ave. for more information.