Edited by Katetrillin, Osten, Teresa, Maluniu
If you are like millions of people worldwide, you may have added some extra pounds over the years. The time has come to shed those pounds and get fit. You need to exercise and follow a healthy eating plan, but where do you begin? Here are some tips on setting up, following, and sticking to your healthy eating plan.
1Do a personal inventory.
- Do an honest self-assessment. Weigh yourself, and determine how much weight you need to lose. Based on a 2,000 calorie daily intake, you will need to burn more calories than you take in.
- Once you find this magic number, design your healthy eating plan for this daily caloric intake. Think about exercise. Decide what type of exercise you will be doing, and for what amount of time.
- Start small and work your way up.
2Clean house. Take a walk through your kitchen, pantry, and look through the fridge and freezer.
- Take out and get rid of every type of food or beverage that doesn’t fit into your healthy eating plan. A great way to do this is to have some friends over and let them take home everything that doesn’t fit into your healthy eating plan.
- Don’t cheat. Get rid of it all. It’s a lot easier to stick with your healthy eating plan if you know there are no goodies within easy reach.
3Get Help. See your physician, medical professional or dietary counselor.
- Inform them that you want to start a healthy eating plan and have them assist you in recommending a diet for you to follow.
- Have your doctor advise you on how much exercise you can safely manage, and any health risks you may have.
- Remember that following your healthy eating plan will help to reduce your current risk of many health conditions.
4Get Going. There is no time like the present to begin your healthy eating plan. Lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and some lean protein and low fat dairy foods will be included in your healthy eating plan. If you are not sure if you can eat a certain food and still stick to the plan, you probably shouldn’t eat it. Common sense and a little preparation will set you on the path to a healthy eating plan, and good dietary habits for the rest of your life.