Here are some of the things I try to do:
- Incorporate a lot of fiber (at least 25 g a day) – Great sources include whole fruits, vegetables, Fiber One cereal, oatmeal, whole grain bread.
- Drink LOTS of water – I drink to thirst; I don’t force myself to drink a certain amount. But I do try to get as much as I can.
- Eat lean sources of protein – I favor eggs, extra lean ground turkey, skinless chicken breasts, low-sodium deli turkey, and fish.
- Avoid high-fructose corn syrup – This stuff has made it’s way into almost everything over the last couple decades. Everything from ketchup to bagels to frozen pizza contains HFCS.
- Avoid hydrogenated and partially-hydrogenated oils – These are trans-fats. They do nothing but increase the shelf-life of foods. *TIP: Many packaged foods that claim to be “Trans-Fat Free” often still contain some hydrogenated oils!*
- Be a label reader – I take my time to read the labels on every packaged item I buy at the store. *TIP: The first 3 ingredients on the label make up the bulk of the product.*
*Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician. These are just a few things that have helped me on my journey to weight loss and improved health.