Successful Weight Loss Habit No. 2: Eating a Low-Calorie, Low-Fat Diet
Creating Your Healthy Eating Habit
What you see from the NWCR members is that, again, there's no perfect diet that fits everyone. If that's the case, where should you start? Here's a hint - choose a plan you can see yourself following long-term. For many of us, diets don't work very well and some people find that making small changes to how they eat each day leads to more success, even if the the weight loss is slower.
With so many different approaches available, it may be confusing figuring out where to start. If you're interested in starting with small changes, the resources below will help you make a plan:
- Healthy Diet Checker. The simplest place to start is with your current eating habits and finding out whether your diet is healthy or not. This quiz will help you get a handle on the habits you want to keep and the ones you should get rid of.
- Pantry Makeover. Another place to start is inside your pantry and fridge. Keeping tempting foods around makes it so hard to stay healthy. This article offers tips about what to keep and what to throw away.
- Avoid Diets and Make Real Change. Instead of changing how you eat overnight, use these healthy eating tips to make small changes without dieting.
- 12 Weeks to Weight Loss. In this 12-week e-course, you'll find weekly nutritional goals that help you make small changes with a focus on adding healthier foods rather than taking things away from your diet.
- How to Calculate your Caloric Needs and Use it to Lose Weight. While the average calorie intakes for the NWCR members ranged from 1,300 - 1,600 calories a day, we all have different calorie requirements. One way to figure out how many calories you need is to calculate your BMR and activity level and reduce your calories from there.
- Watch Your Portion Sizes. Do you know what one portion of protein should be? What about one portion of cheese? If you're not sure, this article will help you visualize what normal portions should look like.
- Count Your Calories. Keeping track of calories is another way successful losers make sure they're eating less than they're burning. This site allows you to search for the nutritional and calorie content of a huge variety of foods. There are also free sites where you can keep track of your eating and exercise, such as Fitwatch.com.
- Choosing the Right Diet Book for You. If you want to follow a diet, you're probably confused about which one is right for you. This article helps you choose the right diet for your goals and lifestyle.