Healthy Weight Week

This morning I was listening to the radio and heard an alarming statistic: Millions of Americans make a New Year resolution to lose weight, and by the second week of January, 92% of people have already ‘fallen off the wagon.’  They have blown their diet and are back to square one. I dedicate Healthy Weight Week to those 92%. Healthy Weight Week is January 15 – 21.

 According to their website, Healthy Weight Week “is a time to celebrate healthy living habits that last a lifetime and prevent eating and weight problems, rather than intensifying them, as diets do. Healthy Weight Week promotes healthy non-diet lifestyles for children and adults of every size. It helps them move ahead to healthy habits they can live with long term – sound, reasonable habits that allow them to live well and get on with their lives. Eat well, live actively, and feel good about yourself and others.”

I know a lot of people want that quick fix but that simply won’t last. It really does take a lifestyle change. Many people reading this are rolling their eyes right about now. But honestly, it does take small gradual changes. You have heard it before – physical activity, smaller portions, eat from all the foods groups, lots of water and the list goes on.  So I will give you another tip that you can add to your list.

Try adding a little protein to each meal.  Infusing your diet with foods and beverages made with high-quality protein can help space protein intake throughout the day and help curb hunger. Protein takes longer to digest and helps stabilize your blood glucose levels. That means your stomach feels fuller for longer periods of time. When that happens, you may look at food that you would normally be craving only to decide you simply are not hungry. When your glucose (aka blood sugar) levels are low, you feel hungry. If you start out the day with a good source of protein and/or fiber, you may be well-nourished until lunch, which will help you avoid overeating or overindulging while waiting for noon to arrive.

Your body uses protein all day long. Try protein-rich yogurt, milk or cheese to help get your protein. Experts suggest spreading protein intake throughout the day may be more beneficial compared to consuming one high protein meal.

 

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