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If you're looking at this book, you are probably trying to lose weight. You aren't alone; losing weight has become one of the most important health concerns in America.
Everyone is scrambling to solve the problem of America's expanding waistlines. The federal government, public health and professional organizations, educators, pharmaceutical companies, food manufacturers, and even restaurant chains all want to slow down the nation's weight gain epidemic. But new policies, programs, food formulations, and drug approvals occur slowly. Like most people we talk to every day, you are not willing to wait. You want to lose weight now!
So let's get started...
Weight gain results from a combination of your genes and your environment. Food is everywhere we turn, all through the day. And most of us live lifestyles that require little physical activity, unless we make an effort to move.
There isn't much you can do about your genetic profile, which was fixed before you were born. But you can control your environment, especially your eating environment. And that's what we hope The Calorie Counter will help you do.
Two important things you should know:
The most successful diet in the U.S. today is what people call "my own diet." Forget fads. With the sound advice and the calorie information found in this book, you can design your own diet one that works.
Consistent small changes will add up to big results. When it comes to losing weight and maintaining your weight loss, making many small changes in the way you relate to food will result in more success than making a few big changes, which usually don't last.
If you eat 100 fewer calories each day for a year, and change nothing else in your life, you will lose 10 pounds. All you'd have to do is give up 1 slice of bread or 1 cookie or 1 small soda each day. A small change for a big result. Make a few more of those small changes and the end result could be very impressive.
Our best eating advice, in a nutshell:
- Eat less, but enjoy what you eat.
- Eat lots of fruits and vegetables.
- Eat whole grains instead of refined carbs (like white bread).
- Eat less sugar (but you don't have to give it up).
- Eat more good fats like olive oil, fish, and nuts.
- Eat lean proteins fish, chicken without the skin, lean beef, pork, and lamb.
- Enjoy a glass of wine, but not the whole bottle.
- Move more, and move often find ways to be active throughout the day.
Copyright © 2010 by Karen J. Nolan and Jo-Ann Heslin