Weight Loss Tips for Summer

With the start of summer, many people are looking to lose weight. Following a good nutrition plan can seem challenging at barbecues, vacations and while on road trips. It becomes even more difficult when you are following a restrictive diet. There are ways to lose weight and maintain your weight loss all while enjoying your summer…..and your life. 

Be weary of weight loss plans that:

  • Promote fast weight loss.

A safe and realistic weight loss goal should be 1-2 lbs/week. Faster weight loss is often due to loss of water weight.

  • Sell company products

You don’t need a vitamin, pill or shake for weight loss. It’s about building a healthy relationship with food.

  • Eliminate food groups

Carbohydrates and dairy foods have become deemed as barriers to weight loss. This is untrue. They can be enjoyed as part of a healthy and balanced nutrition plan. They will NOT cause weight gain.

Did You Have a New Year's Weight Loss Resolution?

Did you make a New Year’s weight loss resolution? Strict diet plans or unrealistic goals fail to provide results. After a couple of months, people tend to lose interest because these diets are too difficult to maintain long-term. 
If this is happening, reassess your goals. Set small, measurable and attainable goals. Keep track of what you eat, drink and your physical activity so you can identify the behaviors you need to change.

How to Keep your Nutrition on Track over the Weekend

Schedules for most of us change over the weekend. We tend to lose the structure of our daily routines which can lead to inadvertently skipping meals, increased cravings and then grabbing less healthy choices out of convenience. Try these tips to keep your nutrition on track.
• Keep pre-portioned healthy snacks on hand while you’re “on-the-go”.
• When eating out, preview the menu online ahead of time to avoid impulse decisions and make a healthier selection when you get there.
• Keep water with you to stay hydrated. Thirst can often be mistaken for hunger-causing people to eat instead of drink when they are thirsty. 
• Make smart choices so you can treat yourself but don’t go overboard.

New High Blood Pressure Guideline

Do you have high blood pressure?  

Based on the new guideline from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, it is estimated that the approximately 46% of the population will now have a diagnosis of elevated blood pressure or hypertension. The new guideline is 130/80 mm Hg rather than 140/90.  The greatest impact is expected to be among men and women younger than 45 years old. 

The new guideline lowers the definition of high blood pressure to account for complications that can occur at lower numbers and to allow for earlier detection and intervention. A proper diet is an essential non-drug approach to lowering blood pressure.

Contact Julie Costanzo RD, LD at Nutrition 365,  www.nutrition365nh.com for your individualized nutrition plan.

 

Interested in learning how to lose weight?

It's that time of year when many diets are advertised. So many of these weight loss methods are "fad diets" and will only result in a loss of your money and a re-gain of your weight. Unfortunately they are simply marketing schemes designed to make money, with little interest in your health. 

I have educated for years on safe and scientifically proven weight loss methods. I understand that what works for one individual may not work for another. There's no "one size fits all" prescription for weight loss. 

Join me this January to learn how lose weight and maintain good health. 

Register for my 4-week weight loss class at Julie@nutrition365nh.com or email me to schedule an individual nutrition session.