Want to lose weight? It’s simple: adopt a no-diet plan. As many as 70 to 90 percent of those who lose weight, gain back more within a year or two. If you want to count yourself among those who get off this frustrating weight cycling treadmill, ditch that diet now!
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Shedding extra pounds is rarely easy. Keeping it off is the bigger challenge. The more primitive regions of your brain have a magnetizing tendency to default back to old habits of consumption. How do you start on the right weight-loss track?
Choose your own lifestyle and include ideas from these healthy eating tips:
Eat at Home
Eat home-cooked meals at least five days a week. A Consumer Reports survey found this was a top habit of “successful losers.” Sound daunting? Cooking may be easier than you think. Shortcut foods can make for quick meals, such as pre-chopped lean beef for fajitas, washed lettuce, pre-cut veggies, canned beans, cooked chicken strips, or grilled deli salmon.
Get Food Portions Right
The top habit of slim people is to stick with modest food portions at every meal, five days a week or more. “Always slim” people do it and successful losers do it, too, according to a Consumer Reports survey. After measuring portions a few times, it can become automatic. Make it easier with small “snack” packs and by keeping serving dishes off the table at meal time.
Go Meatless More Often
Eating vegetarian meals more often is a slimming habit. Vegetarians tend to weigh less than meat eaters. While there are several reasons for this, legumes may play an important role. Bean burgers, lentil soup, and other tasty legume-based foods are simply packed with fiber. Most Americans get only half of this important nutrient, which fills you up with fewer calories.