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Healthy eating habits and exercise

Posted February 19, 2014 in Advice Column, Grimes

We all made those New Years resolutions — how many of us stayed on track? Eating healthy is the first step.

To lose weight, you need to burn more calories than you eat. Every good weight-loss plan has the same two parts: food and physical activity. Wise food choices can help you eat fewer calories, and daily (or almost daily) physical activity helps you burn off some of the calories you consume. You lose weight more easily, and you’re more likely to keep it off, too.

Here are a few east tips:
• Eat more whole grains. These are lower in saturated fats and rich in fiber. Examples of whole grains are whole wheat breads, rice and cereals.

•    Like whole grains, fruits and vegetables are lower in saturated fats. Try to incorporate fruits and vegetables with every meal every day.

•    How and what you cook your food in is key. Use more vegetable, canola and safflower oils rather than butter or other solid fats. This may also enhance the flavor of your foods.

•    Eating chicken or fish and beans, less of the red meats/beef. Skinless chicken breast is best. Familiarize yourself with labels and understand what they mean.

•    Smaller portion sizes.

•    Enjoy more physical activity. As you already know, regular physical activity is important for keeping your heart healthy. Increasing physical activity may help you lose weight and strengthen your heart at the same time.

By making these small changes over time, you are more likely to stick to these healthy eating choices and see the results you desire.

Information provided by Nicole Hill, general manager, Farrell’s eXtreme Bodyshaping, 986-4199.





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