- Start every day with a healthy and sensible breakfast. Studies show that people who eat breakfast weigh less.
- Plan your meals well in advance ? it's too easy to make unhealthy choices when you're hungry.
- Include a first course with your lunch or dinner. Start with a high water-content food like salad or a broth-based soup, and then have a smaller main course.
- When serving yourself, first fill half your plate with vegetables, then add the meat and starch.
- Keep a big bowl of ripe seasonal fruit within easy reach. Add a serving of fruit to all your meals, and if you need a snack, go to the bowl.
- Reconsider that high-calorie drink. Juices and sodas pack a lot of calories without making you feel any fuller.
- Upgrade to whole grains whenever possible. You'll feel satisfied for longer and you'll increase your vitamin, mineral and fiber intake.
- Be calorie savvy! Read nutrition labels and know how to spot hidden diet-busters, like unrealistic portion sizes, sugars and fats.
- Select reduced-fat items in the dairy section. The calories are not that different between reduced fat and fat-free but the taste is!
- Snacks can be part of a healthy diet. It's a long time between lunch and dinner, so add a mini-meal, like a piece of fruit and cheese, a handful of nuts or a high fiber snack bar.
Tips for Losing Weight
Ten tips for eating well and losing weight, so you can feel and look your best