Let’s face it: Knowing the best way to lose weight can be difficult, especially when there’s information coming at you from every angle. 

If you’re struggling to rid yourself of those pesky pounds, then these five dietician-approved weight loss tips are for you: 

  • Tip 1: Don’t let hunger stop you from staying on track

If your stomach is rumbling with your new diet and eating regime, then it’s best to swap processed carbs—like white bread, muffins, or sugary breakfast desserts—with high-protein options, such as eggs, Greek yogurt, granola, or a mix of berries and chia seeds. In doing so, you’ll find that you’ll stay fuller for longer. 

  • Tip 2: Don’t eat a carbohydrate unless there’s fiber attached to it
Making this a top priority allows you to forgo bad carbs—like candy, sugary beverages, and white bread—giving you a chance to focus on high-quality, healthy choices. The more you increase fiber in your diet, the better! Fiber helps lower your cholesterol, improve your blood sugar control, and decrease risk of chronic diseases, such as colorectal cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. 
Foods filled with fiber include fruit and vegetables. (Think oranges, apples, berries, broccoli, sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts!) 
  • Tip 3: Focus on healthy behaviors instead of your weight

When you focus only on your weight, it’s easy to get burnt out. Shift your priorities instead to watching portions, exercising frequently, and making healthy food choices. Replace a goal—like losing 2 pounds a week—with specific mini-goals. These mini-goals can be eating 1 cup of veggies at dinner, walking for 20-30 minutes each day, and keeping a daily food journal. If you’re disappointed with your weight progress at the end of the week, reflect on how well you stuck to each of your goals.

  • Tip 4: Make plants the foundation of your diet
Different people need different weight loss approaches; however, plants should be at the core of every diet. Whether you’re eating paleo, vegetarian, high-fat, vegan, or a mixture of vegan and paleo, your diet should include a variety of nutritious foods that come from the earth. Plant-based foods contain a variety of minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients that aid in reducing inflammation and
supporting your cells, while also providing water and fiber—both of which help you feel fuller.
These foods include broccoli, kale, cucumbers, and cauliflower, along with fruits, such as apples, berries, and pears.
  • Tip 5: Plan tomorrow’s meals today

Planning ahead stops the panic that occurs when you’re starving by 6 p.m. and end up reaching for those not-so-healthy dinner options. When you sit down for dinner tonight, plan what you will eat tomorrow. It especially helps to plan at a time when you are not hungry, and in planning a day ahead, you’ll have extra time to prepare!

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March 11, 2021 — Dr. Jason Olafsson