Basic Diet Considerations for Weight Loss

Jul 06, 2013

No matter which weight-reduction plan you choose, there are some basic guidelines to follow See some general dietary considerations for weight loss to get moving in the right direction.

No matter which weight-reduction plan you choose, there are some basic guidelines to follow: Drink plenty of water, consume fewer calories, and make healthy food choices. Here are some general dietary considerations for weight loss:

Remember

* To lose weight, you must reduce your total calorie intake. Eating 500 calories less a day will promote the loss of 1 pound per week.

* Check out the calories in common foods that you eat each week to determine where you can make a change or reduce portion sizes.

* Include fiber in your diet. Fiber (found in fruits, vegetables, beans, lentils, and foods made with whole grains) provides denseness without the calories, meaning you can actually eat a bit more without upping your calorie intake. Shoot for 3 grams of fiber or more per serving.

* Add one to two vegetable servings to your diet daily. Have carrots available to snack on, slice an apple, or eat a banana. You'll be surprised how easy this is to do if you plan on it.

* Drink at least six to eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day.

Tips

* Analyze your eating behaviors to see whether any of them are possibly sabotaging your weight-loss efforts. Skipping meals, avoiding food groups, and eating when you're stressed or bored can all hinder weight loss.

* Get support. If you need to lose weight, find a professional to help you do it. Talk to your doctor about consulting a registered dietitian (RD) or certified personal trainer (CPT).