Losing weight and keeping it off plays a major part in overall health and can help avoid developing complications such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. The key to success is making changes in daily eating and physical activity habits that can be maintained over the long term.
At Vita Sana Nutrition, clinical nutritionist Lauren Sepe will educate you on eating for better health: what constitutes a balanced diet and how to make smart food and beverage choices.
Eat less, move more
A slow, steady weight loss of one half to one pound per week is the safest and best way to lose weight and keep it off. You can do this simply by decreasing your dietary intake by 500 calories per day and by eating a well-balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, nuts, and seeds.
Beware fad diets
Fad diets always focus on dropping weight quickly, but they are usually a temporary solution. Once the diet has stopped, the weight loss is usually regained. Beware any diet that drastically cuts back on calories or one that completely eliminates fat, sugar, or carbs from your diet. Also avoid diets that require you to skip meals or replace meals with special bars or shakes, or tell you to eat specific foods in certain combinations.
How to keep it off
Stay on track by following a healthy, realistic plan. Keep your eating patterns consistent and don’t skip meals. Keep exercise a mainstay in your life and aim for at least 30 minutes of aerobic activity per day.
Committed to your good health
Lauren Sepe takes a client-centered approach that is rooted in functional medicine. She works with each client on an individualized plan designed to address their specific needs and to help them to achieve optimal health and wellness.