Tips and Strategies for Healthy Eating
Did you know…
- Portion sizes in the U.S. have grown over the last 20 years. See the Portion Distortion Quiz in the Tools section!1
- Some fat-free and low-fat foods have extra sugars, which push the calorie amount right back. (2)
- Parental presence at mealtimes increases children’s vegetable and fruit consumption, and decreases their soda consumption. (3)
- Sleep deprivation is linked with increased appetite for junk foods. Research has shown that lack of sleep is a bigger risk factor for overweight and obesity than parental obesity, family income, or computer and television screen time. (3)
How to Eat Right
- Know your caloric needs and eat the right amount of calories for you!
- Eat breakfast everyday to help speed weight loss.
- Eat smaller portions by using smaller plates, bowls or glasses.
- Drink water to help you feel full and boost your metabolism.
- Pay attention to feelings of hunger, eat slowly, and stop eating when you are satisfied.
- Think about portion sizes when you are eating out. You can manage portions by sharing or taking part of the meal home with you.
- If you tend to overeat, be aware of the time of day, place, and your mood while eating. Some people tend to overeat when stressed or upset.
- Reduce the consumption of empty calories by choosing foods and drinks with little or no added sugars or solid fats.
- Build a healthier plate by focusing on foods that you need such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, and lean proteins.
- Don’t reduce the variety of healthy foods in your diet. You could end up sacrificing vital nutrients and not be able to sustain the diet over time.
- No fad diets!
- Some research shows that diet drinks and artificial sweeteners actually increase weight gain, so stick to natural foods or foods with reduced sugar.
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