Dieting tips

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Updated: 4/11/2007 5:50 pm
The best programs for long-term weight loss involve common-sense strategies, not drastic fad diets. Here are a few tips that may help you lose weight. To avoid binging (BIHN-jing), don't let yourself go hungry. Try eating several smaller meals throughout the day. In between, snack on high-fiber, low-calorie foods like fruits and vegetables. When possible, choose whole grain bread and brown rice, which have more fiber than their processed, white counterparts. Fiber helps you feel full and reduces the surges in blood sugar that can make you hungry sooner. Drinking plenty of water can also help you feel full and it's important for proper hydration. Another way to fill up is to start meals with a big bowl of soup. Just make sure it's a low-fat soup and not a heavy, cream-based version. If you don't like counting calories, just limit your fat and sugar intake, as these substances are calorie-dense. In addition to regular workouts several times a week, look for ways to 'sneak' exercise into your daily routine. Walk a block instead of driving it or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Don't keep a lot of junk food at home. Stock up on pre-cut, pre-washed fruit or veggies so you can reach for something healthy when you get hungry.
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