6 Ways to Say 'Yes' to Weight Loss: SparkPeople SlideShow
6 Principles of Smart Eating
Written by Melinda Hershey, Health Educator
Principle 1: Say 'Yes' to Portion Control
When you first decide to lose weight, you might approach the process thinking that you won't be able to eat any of your favorite foods anymore--but that's not true! By using portion control, you can literally have your cake and eat it, too.
Principle 2: Say 'Yes' to Breakfast
We hear it all the time: ''Breakfast is the most important meal of the day." And it's true! Saying ''yes'' to a balanced breakfast helps to rev your metabolism and stops you from overeating later on in the day. Try starting your day with a well-rounded meal that includes protein, whole grains, and healthy fats to keep you going until lunchtime. Think you don't have time for breakfast? Check out these quick and easy breakfast ideas that you can pull together in minutes.
Principle 3: Say 'Yes' to Foods with Protein
Protein-rich foods keep you fuller longer while playing an important role in muscle and tissue repair. Lean meats, nuts, beans, seeds, legumes, eggs, soy products, dairy, and even grains are all protein-rich food sources, so it shouldn't be too hard to find ways to say ''yes'' to this nutrient! If you don't eat meat, try these vegetarian protein sources.
Principle 4: Say 'Yes' to Whole Grains, Fruits, and Vegetables
Saying ''yes'' to as many natural foods as possible is a great step toward losing weight and getting healthy. Strive to eat as much fresh produce as possible (at least five servings per day) to look and feel your best. Stumped on how to fit it all in? Check out these great ideas for eating more fruits and veggies.
Principle 5: Say 'Yes' to Smart Desserts and Snacks
When you're trying to lose weight, you might take an ''all-or-nothing'' attitude, banning certain foods (like dessert) from your diet. Although it might seem like a good idea in theory, this strategy is likely to set you up for an all-out binge when you finally do give in to your cravings.
Principle 6: Say 'Yes' to Support and Knowledge
Losing weight can be a long and difficult journey, but you're not alone! There are so many resources out there that can help you find your way. Tell your friends and family about your goals to help keep you accountable, and do your weight-loss research using SparkPeople's nutrition articles as a guide. When you say ''yes'' to support and knowledge, you're really saying ''yes'' to a more empowered, informed you--which will make your journey to weight loss a much smoother one.