The Skinny on Achieving a Healthy Weight
It’s that time of year again when we are about to embark on a journey to a healthier weight. Let’s face it, losing weight isn’t easy; and coupled with all of the information and misinformation available on the “right” diet, it’s easy to feel confused. ShopRite can help. Read on for more information and some ideas on how to approach your goals this year with success in your future.
Fat free overdose – It is not fat that makes you fat, it is an excess of calories that causes weight gain. Some fat free foods actually contain more calories than the original product and often times people think “fat free” is a license to eat the entire package. Your best bet is to choose food that is naturally low in fat like fruits or veggies. Read labels to make sure you’re making an informed choice.
Carve out time to eat – Don’t eat while you are watching t.v., working on the computer, driving, or even standing! It is very easy to overeat when you’re focused on another activity. Make meal time important. You will enjoy your food more and be able to recognize the feeling of fullness.
Portion sizes matter – You can even over-eat healthy foods, so it is important to be aware of portion sizes. For example, two cups of brown rice is still around 500 calories, even though it’s a low fat, whole grain food.
Exercise is not a license to overeat – Exercise burns calories, but it’s not a license to binge. It takes 30 minutes to burn between 200-300 calories, and only 1-2 minutes to eat a few pieces of candy or cookies for the same amount of calories.
Eat meals at home – preparing your own meals helps to give you control over cooking methods and ingredients used so you can ensure your meals are healthy and delicious.
Not enough water – Dehydration can be mistaken for hunger, so be sure to keep yourself well hydrated. Invest in a reusable water bottle and carry it with you to remind yourself to drink often. Choose calorie-free beverages such as water, seltzer or other sugar-free drinks to ensure you don’t consume excess calories from your beverage choices.
Not enough sleep – Hunger is a symptom of fatigue, so it is common to remedy your sleepiness with eating. In addition, if you are tired your judgment may be impaired and you are less likely to care about planning healthy meals or making it a point to go to the gym after work. Make sure you are getting an adequate amount of sleep each night.