- Do not skip meals! Skipping meals only makes you eat a lot more than you actually need at your next meal.
- Of course, there's good old-fashioned exercise! Just 30 minutes of walking every day is enough to burn those unnecessary calories.
- Home-cooked meals are less fattening than fast food. Packaged and processed foods are higher in sodium and fat content compared to freshly prepared food.
- Always read the nutrition facts on the label of every product you buy. Keep in mind that food low in fat are not necessarily sugar-free and vice versa.
- Keep a food journal. This helps you monitor your food intake and gives you a bird's eye view of your eating habits that may need improvement. For a more effective food journal, have your doctor review it from time to time.
- Water is still the best drink! Be sure to have at least eight glasses a day. Compared to juice, coffee, tea, and soda, water has NO sugar in it.
- Don't force yourself to finish your food if you're already full. Just set it aside for later. If you're eating out, have the leftovers put in a doggy bag.
- Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. These low-calorie foods make you feel full faster!
- Indulge yourself once in a while. Having a bite of your favorite chocolate bar prevents those uncontrollable sugar cravings.
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