Physical activity is critical for weight loss and maintenance. Many people think that weight loss is a result ONLY of reducing what goes in your mouth. But evidence shows the only way to keep the weight off is with regular physical activity AND watching what you eat. That said, what you eat does not need to be "reduced". You just need to eat the right things.
Drink water. WATER-not soda. Hunger is often confused with dehydration.
Eat carbs: real carbs! Replace refined carbs like white bread, pasta,bagels, cereal, and pretzels with complex carbs like fruits, veggies, whole grains,nuts, seeds and legumes. Fruits and veggies are high in fiber, which slows digestion and promotes stable blood sugar levels.Complex carbs are also packed with antioxidants that help reduce inflammation in the body. Think about eating foods in their most natural forms. For example, breads are made from wheat that's milled, while brown rice is simply taken from the plant-complete with fiber and phytonutrients-the way Mother Nature intended they be eaten!
Choose healthy fats such as nuts, seeds, fish, avocados, and extra virgin olive oil.
Choose lean protein. Many foods include protein, but the richest sources include animal products, dairy, eggs and fish as well as plant sources like beans, nuts, and seeds.
Eat breakfast. You'll give your metabolism a jumpstart.
Exercise! Just move that body!
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