Making a New Year’s resolution to lose weight? Many, many people will, but the key to long-term success is sticking to a well-balanced, healthy plan that you can maintain for the rest of your life. Amy Brown, RD, CES, CDE, a registered dietitian, clinical exercise specialist and certified diabetes educator with the Floyd Memorial Weight Management Center and Joslin Diabetes Center Affiliate, offers helpful tips for managing your weight:
- Keep a food journal so you know exactly what you’re eating and when. This will also help you set weekly goals on what to eliminate and what to eat more of.
- Pay attention to portion sizes, and try to keep 50% of your intake in the fruit and vegetable category.
- Start an exercise program and set a goal to increase it by 10% each week. A good goal to work towards is to exercise 30-45 minutes most days.
- Switch to using smaller plates for your meals so it’s harder to over-eat.
- Don’t feel compelled to clean your plate-eat to not feel hungry, not to be full.