Drop Extra Pounds Safely

To drop extra pounds safely, follow these guidelines.

Expect to lose no more than one or two pounds per week. This is a safe rate of weight loss. Over time, even losing just 10 or 20 pounds can be beneficial.

Use vegetable or peanut oils instead of solid shortening and use margarine instead of butter or lard.

Exercise. In order to lose weight, you have to expend more calories than you take in. Calorie cutting and exercising (which burns calories) is the perfect combination for successful weight loss!

Eat slower. This will give your body time to tell you when it’s full.

Most alcoholic drinks are high in calories with little nutrition, so cut back.

For a quick breakfast on the run, skip the donuts or muffins. Try a low-calorie breakfast bar, an apple or two, and some fruity yogurt.

Pack a healthy lunch once in awhile instead of eating out. Whole grain bread and tuna salad made with low-calorie mayonnaise means a lot fewer calories and less fat than many restaurant meals. If you don’t eat meat, try some leftover pasta with a little olive oil, broccoli, pine nuts, and grated cheese and pop it in the office microwave or enjoy it at room temperature.

Avoid high sugar foods - read labels for words like high fructose corn syrup, dextrose, sucrose.

Instead of one big meal, eat several smaller ones during the day.

Join a local weight-loss program. Ask your doctor for advice.

Choose lean cuts of meat.

Try substituting egg whites in recipes calling for whole eggs.

Making better food choices will not only help you in taking off the extra pounds but also leave your body well nourished.