CHANGE ONE: WHAT YOU EAT
First up, let’s take a look at some simple ways to make significant improvements in your diet.
- ELIMINATE OR SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE RED MEAT
If foods like burgers are basic to your current diet, cutting out red meat can go a long way in helping you make healthier meal choices and losing weight.
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To keep your shellfish, fish, chicken, and turkey diet-friendly, be sure to choose the right preparation method (That’s the next tip!). Be wary of creamy, high-cal condiments like tartar sauce or “special sauce” on grilled chicken sandwiches.
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- CUT OUT FRIED FOODS
Keep your healthier choices truly healthy by grilling, baking, roasting, broiling or boiling them.
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- Keep things interesting by adding low-cal condiments to your usual fare. A tangy barbecue sauce will give boiled chicken a kick. Lemon-herb dressing will complement broiled fish deliciously.
- If you often eat fast food, forget that “value meals” and “combos” even exist; they seem like a better deal, but they’re just not worth the extra calories! Stick to a grilled chicken sandwich or a small, plain hamburger and a side salad (watch the dressing!) when you’re on the run.
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- Choose a broth- or tomato-based soup like minestrone (rather than a cream- or milk-based choice). Vegetable soup made with broth, stock, or tomato soup is ideal, because the veggies will help fill you up and give you a fiber and nutrition boost.
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- FINISH WITH FRUIT.
Instead of reaching for the cookie jar or helping yourself to dessert after meals, make a point to finish off with naturally-sweet fruit instead of sinfully-sweet treats. Not only will you save fat and calories, you will also have the added benefit of extra vitamins, minerals and fiber. Few of us eat as much fruit as is recommended.In time, you will become accustomed to foregoing sweets and you’ll look forward to your healthier treat just as much.
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