Dietitian tips for easy weight loss I promise to get in shape...

Dietitian tips for easy weight loss I promise to get in shape and lose 20 pounds!

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If this sounds familiar, it is not surprising as most of us feel obliged to plan some form of self-improvement with the coming of a new year. Roughly 75 per cent of Canadians take part in the annual tradition of making New Year’s resolutions, according to a poll by Ipsos Reid, and losing weight is often the number one goal.
Regrettably, most people fail to fulfill the pledge. Why? Advisors tell us they have unrealistic expectations, burn out, and then go back to the old, unhealthy ways within a month.
As a registered dietitian at Recipe for Health, a popular online resource for nutrition information, Amanda Burton helps hundreds of clients reach their goals. She suggests following these simple tips:
Small changes add up to big success: If you love your morning coffee, using skim milk instead of cream can mean a drop of 5-10 pounds by the end of the year. To exercise more, take the stairs to the office in the morning and after lunch.
Increase your fibre intake: Colourful produce is packed with fibre, so reach for the rainbow next time you shop. Add frozen or fresh blueberries, purple eggplants or pink grapefruits to your weekly grocery list.
Go slow: Any diet change is easier if you take it slowly. Why not designate Fridays as fish day versus doing a big diet overhaul at the start of the new year?
Stop depriving yourself: Does giving up one of your favourite foods or beverages seem daunting? Those who find ways to incorporate the things they love are more likely to achieve their long-term weight loss goals. It’s all about portion sizes and planning ahead to balance your calories. For example, if you are a soda pop fan, Burton suggests those mini cans of Coke which have 100 calories or less per serving. Craving a burger? Consider keeping calories in check by having a slider loaded with your favourite vegetable toppings, like lettuce, onions and tomato.
Be accountable: Find someone with similar goals to help you out. With most resolutions failing in the first six weeks, support can make all the difference. Work together to make plans and share your specific goals and successes regularly. www.newscanada.com

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