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4 Tips from a Dietitian

17 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

4 Tips from a Dietitian

Motivation and consistency are the key components to being successful with almost anything one sets out to accomplish. Whether you are working toward weight loss, quitting smoking or winning a race, motivation and consistency will get you there. Just like your workout, your food intake and daily food choices need some change. Below are the top 4 tips for staying motivated and keeping on track with your healthy eating and weight loss plan.

Keep a Daily Food Journal

Maintaining a food journal can be very beneficial to staying motivated and meeting your goals. Be honest with yourself as you record what you eat, and your food journal can help you identify areas for improvement with a quick glance. Experiment with new foods, and be sure to make notes in your journal about the new foods you choose.

Weigh Your Food

Weighing the food you consume really helps you understand and know how much you actually take in. Research tells us that when a person guesses at how many calories they are consuming, they are usually off by more than 50% either way. This means you could be consuming many hundreds of calories more or less than you should be on a daily basis. This can make a big difference if you have a goal of weight loss, weight gain or maintenance.

Understand Your Nutrient Intake

You should know exactly what you are putting into your body. White breads, processed foods, trans-fats, and the like are not doing your body any good - in the short term or the long term. Increase your daily fruits and vegetables to increase the minerals and vitamins you take in on a daily basis. For example: If you are currently consuming one vegetable serving per day, challenge yourself to include vegetables twice per day.

Make It a Challenge

Goals are easier to stick to if you are working with someone else to keep you accountable. This might be a neighbor, a colleague, or a group of friends. Many businesses even offer so-called “corporate” challenges that are meant to motivate employees and hopefully reduce unnecessary time off work.