Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Health Tip: Lose Weight, and Keep It Off

“Losing extra weight is the first step to better health. It's also important to keep those extra pounds from creeping back. The American Heart Association offers these suggestions:
• Figure out what works for you -- what motivates you, which rewards you prefer, and which long-term habits you can maintain.
• Be realistic about how much you can lose and how long it will take.
• Pay attention to your calorie intake versus calories burned.
• Use a pedometer to track your how much you walk each day.
• Make a healthy shopping list -- and stick to it.
• There's no need to weigh yourself every day -- once weekly is fine. Try measuring inches lost, instead of pounds.
• Keep a record of the foods you eat, total calories, and exercise.
• Plan ahead for special occasions such as holidays, and make up for the extra eating before and after.”


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