Save Time and Shed Pounds
Set yourself up for nutritional success by adopting an eating plan that factors you into the equation.
The new year is here, along with lofty aspirations to rebuild your body, remodel your diet or revamp your relationships — all pretty tall orders to spring on yourself. Add a punishing diet plan into the mix, and you’re practically guaranteed a dreary winter and a long list of resolutions that will likely remain unresolved come spring.
“A person’s attitude toward a diet or weight-loss program can make a huge difference in the outcome,” says Jamie Bass, M.S., R.D., L.D., clinical dietitian with Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth. “The key to success is to find a plan that works with your lifestyle. There are options to suit almost everyone, so I advise my patients to shop around and find the option that is most realistic.”
Save Time and Shed Pounds
Are you a working mom trying to lose that baby weight that’s been hanging around for a few years? Consider ordering pre-packaged, low-calorie meals that can be delivered right to your door. It’s a great way to eliminate the work of counting calories. This option can save you a ton of time, so you can play with your kids or tackle the work that’s been piling up at your desk instead of slaving over a hot stove.
Pre-packaged plans can be a little on the pricey side, but there are a lot of options out there. Take time to talk with friends or go online to research the most cost-effective option.
Here are three popular options:
• Jenny Craig — With this plan, you work with a consultant to design weekly diet plans that include seven breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and desserts/snacks. The food comes to you pre-packaged, and costs, on average, about $16 to $23 per day. That cost is in addition to a monthly fee, which starts at $19 per month.
• Medifast — Designed to help lose weight, Medifast is a program that combines the use of Medifast meal replacements and grocery items of your choice — allowing you to have a little fun when you’re planning your next meal. Plus, the program is designed to be flexible and tailored depending on your needs, be they medical or nutritional. Food costs about $315 per month.
• Nutrisystem — This plan focuses on helping you achieve optimal health through both diet and exercise. To begin, you go online to pick a plan and choose foods for every meal, plus a few items for snacks and desserts. Pre-packaged food is delivered straight to your door, and you are free to mix in fresh grocery items such as lean proteins and fresh veggies. Nutrisystem recommends following a regular exercise or activity plan to complement the dietary habits. Basic plans start at about $9 per day.
Reinvent Your Routines
If you are more interested in a more hands-on approach to healthy eating, some plans are based on a calories-in, calories-out kind of theory.
Weight Watchers is one of the most popular plans that follows this approach. With Weight Watchers, you can create your own meals. Each food is assigned a point value, and you are provided with a daily point allowance so you can eat what you want, as long as it fits into your daily point allotment. The program also includes in-person or online meetings, which provide moral support. Prices and fees for meetings and online services may vary, so check with a local Weight Watchers office for prices.
Love Your Heart
Weight loss in general can help keep your heart healthier, but certain diets rich in fruits, vegetables and lean sources of protein are designed specifically to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The DASH diet is a popular, effective option. Talk with your doctor to find out if it’s right for you. Here’s to a healthy New Year!
You don’t have to do this alone. For more information about eating healthfully read our latest Eating Right articles, or visit our Find a Physician to talk to a doctor about how you can achieve your goals.