Top 10 Tips for Shedding the Holiday Pounds This New Year
December 28, 2005
Dara Zaidman-Steiger MS, RD, LDN, Director of Behavior Education and Nutrition for LA Weight Loss Centers, Shares a Few Secrets for Weight Loss Success
HORSHAM, Pa., Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- LA Weight Loss Centers, Inc., one
of the world's fastest-growing weight loss programs, offers the Top 10 Tips
for Shedding the Holiday Weight, to help get Americans on track with weight
loss New Year's Resolutions.
1. Don't cut calories too drastically - eating too few calories can slow
down your body's metabolism, remember you have to eat to lose; it is
about eating the right balance of foods and calories for your body.
2. Pick up the pace for the New Year - getting active doesn't have to
only mean heading to a gym, it can also mean just burning some more
calories each day - cleaning the house, shoveling snow, or taking a
brisk walk before breakfast are easy ways to get moving this year.
3. Fresh foods are best - tossing away excess pre-packaged foods and
heading straight for the produce aisle; fresh fruits, vegetables,
lean proteins, and grains are best when you are trying to shed those
excess pounds. Try heading to the grocery store at least one time
per week to keep your kitchen well-stocked.
4. Keep a journal or diary - include the specific foods consumed,
beverages, servings, time, and activity each day, and feelings, such
as hunger, sadness, or boredom - this will help you stay in tune with
your eating style and behaviors.
5. Start eating breakfast - even if you do not enjoy eating before noon,
try to get in a little something, it can be oatmeal, yogurt and
wholegrain cereal or an egg white omelet to get the day and your
metabolism started, then try eating small meals throughout the day to
help keep your hunger levels down. It will also help prevent
overeating at lunchtime.
6. It is not all or nothing - you are going to have meals or days that
don't exactly fit into your new, healthy lifestyle - this is reality.
Don't be too hard on yourself.
7. Small portions please - If you want to eat something that doesn't
exactly shout LOW FAT ... then try a small sliver or a couple of
bites. Some foods have small, individual varieties or you can
portion out servings on your own using small bags or Tupperware.
8. Watch what you are drinking - whether it is soda, juice, or alcohol -
the calories add up! Do yourself a favor and choose water or low
calorie beverages. If you replace your 3 cans of regular soda each
day for water, this can mean you can lose up to 1/2 pound per week,
in addition to all your other efforts!
9. Get your family and friends on board - having a solid support network
is very important when trying to lose weight and keep it off. It is
always better to have someone to cook with, eat with or walk with ...
it will help to keep your motivation levels up so that you stay on
track this year.
10. Get cooking! - Eating out and on the go can mean eating lots of
hidden calories from fat and sodium. So this year, try cooking easy
meals if you never cooked before. Cooking over the weekend can help
you pre-plan for the week. Experiment with new herbs, seasonings,
and foods to help keep your taste buds delighted and your waistline
Dara Zaidman-Steiger MS, RD, LDN, 29, is Director of Behavior Education
and Nutrition for L A Weight Loss Centers in Horsham, Pa. She is an
internationally recognized and frequently cited expert speaker on health,
nutrition, weight loss and management, fitness, sports nutrition, eating
disorders, women's health, and preventative nutrition.
Zaidman-Steiger is also a prominent member of the American Dietetic
Association, and the organization's Weight Management subgroup. She holds a
Bachelor's Degree in Applied Nutrition from The Pennsylvania State University,
and a Master's Degree in Clinical Nutrition from New York University.
Zaidman-Steiger completed her clinical training at Bronx VA Medical Center,
which included a 12-month dietetic internship that focused on clinical, food
service, business, and community nutrition.
About LA Weight Loss Centers:
LA Weight Loss Centers, Inc. is one of the fastest-growing weight loss
companies with over 400 centers nationwide. LA Weight Loss has helped more
than a million women and men lose incredible amounts of weight for the past 15
years through customized meal plans, a balanced food program, coupled with
one-on-one weight loss counseling.
SOURCE: LA Weight Loss Centers, Inc. (via PR Newswire)