Thursday, October 21, 2010

12 Do's and Don'ts for Dieters

Trying to lose weight could be a very simple process for many people. You know what to do and you do it. For others, it could be the hardest thing you ever tried to do. You try your darnedest but the scale won’t budge. Makes you want to scream, doesn’t it? 

Well, hold your breath. Let’s take a look at some things that you can do to boost weight loss and some of the things that you shouldn't do if you want to succeed. 

12 Do’s

1. Do eat a healthy breakfast everyday.

2. Do drink plenty of water.

3. Do snack on fruits, crunchy vegetables and nuts between meals.

4. Do enjoy healthy meals that include a good source of protein.

5. Do eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.

6. Do drink 2 to 3 cups of milk or get your calcium from other sources daily.

7. Do eat fish and other foods rich in omega-3 fats several times a week.

8. Do eat more whole grain breads and cereals and less refined products.

9. Do eat dried beans and peas, nuts and seeds more often.

10. Do control your food portions.

11. Do get a few minutes of sunshine daily and eat vitamin D fortified foods.

12. Do get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.

12 Don’ts

1. Don't skip breakfast.

2. Don't start the day off with sodas and other sugary drinks.

3. Don't eat too much cakes, cookies, candies or other high-calorie foods. 

4. Don't eat foods made with trans fat.

5. Don't eat foods that are high in saturated fat.

6. Don't eat or drink foods that are high in sugar.

7. Don't eat or drink foods made with artificial sweeteners.

8. Don't eat fast food too often.

9. Don't eat foods made with refined/white flour.

10. Don't eat foods with a lot of salt/sodium.

11. Don't eat processed meats too often.

12. Don't let the stresses of the day cause you to overeat.

If this seems like a lot of do's and don'ts, here's another one: Don’t worry. Choose one thing to do at a time and before you know it, you will be doing all the “Do’s” and controlling all the “Don’ts.” Take the first step right now.