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The Real Truth About Weight Loss

The real truth about weight loss is a balanced diet and regular exercise. Here are some simple things you can do to reach and maintain a healthy weight.

Be Active

Get 30 minutes of exercise 4 - 5 times per week. Try and do something active every day. Take a walk. Take the stairs. Clean the house. Do some gardening. Take surfing lessons. Take an exercise class. Take dance lessons. Get the kids away from the television and video games and enroll them in organized sports. Take the kids to the YMCA.

Watch What You Drink.

Avoid soft drinks, cream coffees, alcohol, fruit juices/drinks, energy drinks, sweetened iced tea, and flavored milk. Water is a great way to keep your stomach full without taking in extra calories.

Do Not Skip Meals

Regular meals increase your metabolism. Skipping meals causes your body to go into protective/hibernation mode, making weight loss harder. Eat a healthy breakfast. People who skip breakfast tend to weigh more.

Avoid Fast Food

Fast food such as hamburgers, chicken nuggets, french fries, pizza is high in calories and can cause weight gain. Pack a healthy lunch instead of eating out. This way you can control what and how much you eat.

Chew Sugar-Free Gum

Between meals to cut down on snacking.

Eat A Lot of Fruits and Vegetables.

Aim for 3 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit daily.

Do Not Eat in a Hurry

Chewing your food and eating slowly helps the digestive process. Eating slowly will help stop over-eating. It takes time for your stomach to signal your brain that you are full.

Receive Encouragement and Support From Others

Consider joining a weight management group such as Jenny Craig or Weight Watchers.

Don't grocery shop when you are hungry.