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Useful Advice for Weight Loss Without Breaking the Bank

Posted in Healthcare Information, Nutrition, Preventative Healthcare by drnic on January 26, 2009

Over 50% of weight loss success is done by individual work and not based on some expensive program or system. Personal experience can attest and saving your money for other purposes seems wise

The February issue of Consumer Reports reveals the secrets of successful dieters who lost weight without the aid of a diet program, medical treatment, books, or pills.

The pages are stocked full of sound advice and a simple 6 basic strategies:

  1. Watch portions. Carefully controlling portion size at each meal correlated strongly with a lower BMI. Successful losers were especially likely (62%) to report doing this behavior at least five days a week. So did 57% of the always thin, but only 42% of failed dieters.
  2. Limit fat. Fifty-three percent of successful losers and 47% of the always thin restricted fat to less than one-third of daily calorie intake five days a week or more, compared with just 35 % of failed dieters.
  3. Eat fruits and vegetables. Forty-nine percent of successful losers and the always thin said they ate five or more servings a day at least five days a week, while 38% of failed dieters did so.
  4. Choose whole grains over refined. People with lower BMIs consistently opted for whole-wheat breads, cereals, and other grains over refined (white) grains.
  5. Eat at home. As the numbers of days per week respondents ate restaurant or take-out meals increased, so did their weight.
  6. Exercise, exercise, exercise. Regular vigorous exercise — the type that increases breathing and heart rate for 30 minutes or longer — was strongly linked to a lower BMI.

Along with tips for healthful meals on a budget – this is a great report and resource.

More details from the Consumer Health Reports Diet and Nutrition Pages:

Six secrets of the slim
Realistic expectations
What you can do
Healthy and cheap
Stay-thin strategies
Downturn diet


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  1. Sam said, on January 27, 2009 at 01:48 (1:48 am)

    Excellent post! I love the tips! I don’t believe in a quick fix for weight loss and these advices are really good! Thanks!

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