HEALTH: It’s Time to Improve Your Health

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By Monique Bartlett
September 25th, 2013 Edition

Are you happy with your current body weight? Do you spend too much time and energy thinking about food and how to lose weight?

You’ve probably tried all kinds of diets maybe you lost weight initially but then gained it all back. Almost 70% of the population are overweight or obese. The best thing you could do for yourself would be to reach your ideal weight and improve your health.

You need to find a plan that you can actually follow and stick with for the rest of your life. You can’t be so restrictive that you get frustrated and quit. You need to do something that will allow and encourage you to make gradual sustainable changes.

Take the time to shop for and prepare your own meals made with real food. Don’t dine out every night of the week. Try oatmeal and fruit for breakfast. Bring your lunch to work but if you do dine out order a salad with some kind of protein like chicken. Use small amounts of balsamic vinaigrette instead of high calorie creamy dressing. Small changes make a big difference.

Instead of candy, chips or chocolate have a sliced apple with a tablespoon of peanut butter. Drink lots of water and don’t drink pop. Do moderate exercise at least 3 days a week. Don’t over exert yourself; you’ll just end up quitting because you think exercising is too difficult.

Eat healthy real food, don’t drink your calories, exercise regularly and get some good sleep. Why not give it a try? You have nothing to lose but a few pounds.

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