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Tips for a healthy diet

(NEWS CENTER) -- If your New Year's resolution is to lose weight, you are not alone. It is always the number one resolution. Diane Atwood, who writes the blog Catching Health joins the Morning Report to pass along some dieting advice.

Diane:  Who doesn't want quick and easy when it comes to losing weight? I do. My sister and I went to Florida last week. When I tried on my shorts, only two pairs fit me. It was never warm enough to wear them, so no matter!
We ate so much - that's my sister-in-law and niece preparing a huge meal. Check our their sweet dog Louie licking his chops! 

Since I've been home, I have to tell you, I've been tempted to try one of those low cal, fad diets that are advertised everywhere.  
Jenny Babino, who's a registered dietitian, wrote a guest post for the Catching Health blog. It's all about why very low calorie and fad diets are not a good idea. 

 You lose weight quickly, but you're likely to put it right back on. 
· They're unhealthy because they limit your overall nutrient intake.
· If you're eating fewer than 800 calories a day, over time it could lead to heart problems. 

Some diets have you eliminate entire food groups. Fat, for instance or carbohydrates.

 Your body needs a moderate amount of the right kind of fat - monounsaturated and omega-3 fats.
· Same with carbs. You want them from natural sources - fruits and vegetables. It's the processed carbs you don't want - sweets and soda and refined grains.

Jenny has several healthy and helpful tips if you're trying to lose weight. Here are a few. 

 Fill ½ your plate with fruits and vegetables.
· Try to eat some protein with every meal
· Aim for a healthy weight loss of ½ to one pound a week.

She says always be wary of diets that promise results that seem too good to be true. 

If you want to lose weight and could use some help from a registered dietitian, Jenny and other dietitians across the country belong to an organization called the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Go to my Catching Health blog. You'll find Jenny's post with more information and a direct link to the Academy website, where you can search for a dietitian in your area. Don't forget to subscribe to Catching Health while you're there.







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