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December 29, 2008 - Kathie Evanoff
The number one New Year’s resolution in the U.S. is likely related to weight loss and fitness.
According to a recent article on the CNN.com Web site, written by Tracey Minkin of Health.com, ``an estimated 80 million Americans go on diets every year. This is evident by the bombardment of weight loss program commercials that pop up on our televisions this time of year, as well as gym membership offers and low-calorie food advertisements.
According to the article, Health magazine ranked the 10 healthiest diets in America. The mypyramid plan is not one of them.
They did include; however, The Structure House Weight Loss Plan, by Gerard J. Musante; The Step Diet, by James O. Hill, John C. Peters, Bonnie T. Jortberg, and Pamela Peeke; Weight Watchers; The Eating Well Diet, by by Jean Harvey-Berino, Joyce Hendley and The Editors of EatingWell; The Volumetrics Eating Plan, by by Barbara J. Rolls; The Best Life Diet, by Bob Greene and Oprah Winfrey; The Solution, by Laurel Mellin; You: On a Diet, by Mehmet C. Oz and Michael F. Roizen; The Sonoma Diet by by Connie Guttersen and Stephanie Karpinske; and The Spectrum, by Dean Ornish M.D.
That’s a lot of diet plans that include many different approaches and includes those that delve into the psychology of overeating; those that incorporate exercise with dieting; those that spell out specifically what foods to eat and what to avoid; and even those that look into holistic methods of losing weight.
The billion dollar business that is weight loss in this country is astounding and doesn’t seem to be easing up anytime soon. In most cases, people are so inundated with weight loss information, they simply can’t take any more and give up, going back to those same eating habits that made them unhealthy in the first place.
The bottom line is simple. Choose a healthy eating plan that fits our lifestyle. In most cases, lifestyle changes are needed. Keeping a food diary has been shown to be the best indicator of where we can make changes in our diets. Buy a pedometer and keep track of daily activity to see where we can make improvements. Park further away from the buildings we visit. Walk to bike to the store and carry smaller amounts so that we have to make the trips more often.
Choose to be healthier in 2009. Everything we put in our mouths and every step we take are choices that we have made for ourselves.
Take up a hobby that will keep your hands busy or offer daily exercise.
If you do make that most-popular of resolutions, don’t be one of the 95 percent who never follows it through.
Breakfast this morning was Fiber One cereal with banana and lot-fat milk. For a Christmas party I’m attending later, I made stuffed cabbage yesterday as my covered dish. This was also my lunch today.
For a healthy and easy program that will help get you to your fittest weight, visit www.mypyramid.gov.
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Breakfast: 2 ounces grains; 3/4 cup milk; 3/4 cup fruit; 30 discretionary calories (sugar in tea).