What to Eat to Lose Weight

Pick up the Fruit and Vegetable Produce

Make sure each of your meals pack on produce. You might be surprised how easy it is to forget a vegetable or fruit to go with a meal! To make it less boring, combine vegetables into recipes, like whole wheat pasta topped with pesto, fresh chopped spinach and diced tomatoes. Increasing vegetables and fruits in your meals helps boost fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (natural disease fighting chemicals in foods.) Maximizing your produce intake also coincides with the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and the new Choose My Plate.gov by the USDA, which suggests making half of your plate to comprise of vegetables and fruit. Produce is low in calories, packed with nutrients, and quite possibly can help shed pounds over time.     

Paragi Mehta, RD, Your Online Registered Dietitian, www.healthfulfilling.com

Clean out the Pantry

The Kitchen Pantry is the center of our food source in our homes. Unfortunately it is filled with sugar and carbs. When we consume those foods they go to the center of our bodies' pantry – The stomach, waist and hips. Replace those items with fresh fruits and leafy green veggies. Both are high in antioxidants which support anti-aging.

Finally only eat items that are wheat and gluten free. By reducing and then eliminating those products you will trim the waist line and lose unwanted pounds very quickly.

— Elle Swan, Life Style Coach, As seen on ABC, NBC, FOX, www.elleswan.com

Eat More ~ Weigh Less

Eating more often and spreading your calories evenly throughout the day will help stabilize your blood sugar and metabolism. The key is to have your first meal within an hour of waking and then eat small meals or balanced snacks every 3 ?- 4 hours. Usually that turns out to be 3 meals and 2 snacks for most people.

— Denise Macuk, California Chef, www.CaliforniaChef.com

Stop Drinking Your Calories

It's really that simple. This doesn't mean you don't drink, you just stop drinking beverages that contain calories.

This means calorie containing sodas, juices, sports drinks or anything else that contains calories would be cut. You may not realize it, but a basic coffee from Dunkin Donuts equals about 150 calories from the sugar and cream that is added.

Look at the numbers. The average female consumes about 300 calories per day from beverages. Over 365 days that equals 109,500 calories or roughly 31 lbs of body fat.

By eliminating those calorie containing drinks you could eliminate those 31 lbs. If you must have soda switch to diet.

If you don't like plain water try it with Crystal Light®.

If you have to have Starbucks have them use the sugar free syrup and just a dash of skim milk.

These simple changes alone will make all the difference in the world!

— Ed Fogarty, Owner Club 24 Gyms, www.club24gyms.com

Want more tips on getting and staying thin? Check out this other great tip: Want to Shed Pounds? Sleep Your Way to Skinny!

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