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Top 10 Ways to a Skinnier You in 2009

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If losing weight is at the top of your New Year’s Resolution for 2009, you are not alone. After October’s candy corns and chocolates, November’s turkey and pumpkin pies and December’s cookies and eggnog, have you put on weight? Well let’s start taking it off today!

1. Go Shopping! Stock your refrigerator and cupboards with healthy, high fiber foods. Buy low fat cheese, skim milk, light mayonnaise, lots of vegetables, fruit, lean meat and poultry, cooking spray, whole grain bread and legumes. Have a plan and know what you will be cooking for the week before you go to the supermarket so you will have everything you need. Having nothing to eat in your house is the best way to ruin your diet.

2. Cook Your Own Meals. Not only will you save money, but you will have complete control over what you eat. When you eat out, you have no idea how much fat is going into your food. Restaurants cook with a lot of butter and oil and the portions are larger than you should be eating.

3. Have Leftovers for Lunch. When I cook dinner, I like to make enough for leftovers the next day. This makes figuring out the points easy since you already know the point value from the night before. Warming up a nice bowl of homemade soup with a salad the next day beats getting take out or heating frozen meals.

4. Get Moving! Exercise doesn’t only burn calories, it motivates you and gets you out of a funk. Either join a gym or work out at home. I can’t stress the importance of exercise. If gyms are not for you, take dancing lessons, karate, or zumba classes. Find ways to burn extra calories in your day. Turn up the music when you are home and dance! Go for a post meal walk each every night or walk to the nearby store instead of driving there.

5. Don’t Starve. If you are hungry, chances are you will over eat at your next meal or make poor choices. Never skip meals and always carry healthy snacks with you like a piece of fruit or a bag of popcorn to hold you over till your next meal.

6. Bring A Dish To a Party. When I get invited to a party, I always volunteer to bring a dish. Bring a tray of crudites, a healthy salad or fruit salad for dessert. Not only will the host appreciate you bringing something, it will give you a healthy option as well.

7. Don’t Eliminate Your Favorite Foods. Instead, eat a lighter version of it. If you love pizza, make it with whole wheat crust and reduced fat cheese. Replace whole fat products with reduced fat versions like light mayonnaise, reduced fat milk and cheese. Broil or bake your meat instead of frying. Substitute some of the fat when baking cakes or breads with low fat buttermilk, nonfat yogurt, apple sauce or canned pumpkin. Even pureed baby food such as prunes or apricot can make a great substitution.

8. Keep a Food Journal. Write down everything you eat. You can’t keep track of your points if you are not writing it down. This also helps you to see where your bad eating habits are.

9. Break One Bad Eating Habit A Day. Each day make a commitment to yourself to break your bad eating habits. If you drink soda, start drinking water or tea. If you like cheese doodles, replace them with a healthier snack. Instead of changing everything all at once, do it gradually.

10. Downsize Drinks. Soda, smoothies, mocha lattes, and alcohol could add hundreds of calories to your day. Opt for water, seltzer and tea whenever possible. Make wine spritzers or drink light beer instead of sweet mixed drinks. And don’t forget to drink at least 6 cups of water a day.

For more tips on how to lose weight, read these Helpful Tips To Lose Weight.

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10 comments on “Top 10 Ways to a Skinnier You in 2009”

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    Alison Conor

    I wish a lot of new moms can read your article because I know a lot of them can super relate to wanting a skinnier (yet healthier) build after pregnancy. Adding the holiday treats, toning down really gets impossible. They should know that proper diet, exercises like stroller jogging and running, and a lot of determination makes the work. šŸ™‚ Cheers for a great blog! šŸ™‚

  2. I’d seen some experts on the Today Show this week who said that resolving to lose 20 pounds is the wrong attitude – resolve to exercise one minute a day. It’s the idea of doing something in small increments that allows us to feel we’ve accomplished something. Also, we get used to setting aside time to exercise, eat better, cook better meals, etc.

    Great tips, Gina. šŸ™‚

  3. thanks for the post it inspired me to get my new year’s resolution for 2 years a must to do case. heheh

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    This Makes My Day

    Happy New Year my friend and I wish you all the best for 2009! Thanx so much for all your delicious recipes you gave to us in the past year!


  5. The great thing about New Years is starting over. Good luck Rachel!
    Zumba is so much fun and it’s at most gyms. It’s the one class I look forward to taking and the class is always packed with people of all ages and sizes. I highly recommend it!

  6. Its a terrible time of year for me and I have put on a few pounds again *yikes*

    Thanks for the tips to get my focus back and I MUST research the Zumba classes. I think I could cope with those, it looks fun šŸ™‚

    Happy New Year!

  7. Great tips, Gina!

    Btw, I made your Lighter Spinach Frittata last night -delish!!! Thanks for the wonderful recipes!