Ways to attain a healthy weight

Published On: Jan 03 2013 11:33:14 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 15 2013 02:50:14 PM EST
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By Barbara Floria, Pure Matters

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. adults are overweight or obese and many are trying to slim down. But in the battle of the bulge, more people are losing than winning these days.

Whether you have tried to lose weight on your own or with the help of a weight-loss program, the focus is too often on severely restrictive diets and unrealistic goals, nutrition experts say. Not being able to reach those goals can set you up for an endless cycle of failure and discouragement.

You can increase your chances for success by focusing on managing your weight instead of losing weight. That involves adopting a lifestyle that includes healthful eating and regular physical activity, says the American Dietetic Association (ADA).

Management strategies

The typical American diet consists of too much food with too little nutritional value. But most people can learn to eat more healthfully by making a few changes in how they eat on a daily basis. Some such strategies include:

Put it all together

To ensure your weight-management plan is safe and effective, ask yourself the following questions:

If you can answer "yes" to all these questions, chances are your weight-loss program will allow you to achieve long-term success.

Source: http://resources.purematters.com/fitness/weight-management/balanced-ways-to-attain-a-healthful-weight