If you want to lose weight in 2018, you are not alone. Research shows that weight loss is the most common New Year’s resolution. Yet few people succeed in meeting their weight loss goals.
“I applaud those who resolve to lose weight. Individuals who are overweight are at higher risk for developing many chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and numerous other conditions,” explains Melissa Kinstlinger, MS, RD, a dietitian educator at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.
“The reason so many people are unsuccessful in losing weight is that they go about it the wrong way. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a ‘diet,’ it’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating habits,” Kinstlinger says.
She stresses focusing on small simple changes that can make healthy eating more manageable and sustainable over the long term. “There are many ways to cut calories and eat healthier without feeling deprived,” she adds, offering up the following suggestions:
“Losing weight becomes easier when you are mindful in making daily positive, healthy changes,” Kinstlinger says. “You can lose five pounds over the course of one year just by eating 50 calories less than you normally do every day. The goal is to make a habit out of choosing foods that taste good and are good for you.”
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