Tips for Losing Weight and Keeping it Off

Eat at least three meals a day, preferably four to five small meals to keep your metabolism and energy level optimized. Do not skip meals as this can raise your appetite, deplete your energy levels and lead to binge eating. When you are hungry between meals, snack on healthful foods, such as fruit, yogurt, raw vegetables, nuts and seeds.

Focus on fresh, unprocessed foods. Low-fat, nutrient dense foods are your best dietary choices. These include fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans, peas and lentils) and whole grains. Eating foods as close to their natural state as possible will give you the most benefits in terms of nutrients and fiber.

Eat a variety of wholesome foods. This is the best way to ensure you get the optimum amount of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals you need to support lifelong health. We have a tendency to eat our favorite foods over and over. By doing this we miss out on some of the nutrients provided by eating different foods.

Incorporate more fat-fighting foods into your diet: Cayenne pepper—helps suppress appetite and may also increase calorie burning.

Cinnamon—helps balance blood sugar and lower cholesterol and triglycerides. Try adding 1⁄2 teaspoonful to your oatmeal or cereal.

Vinegar—contains acetic acid, which may slow the passage of food from the stomach into the small intestine, so your tummy stays full longer. Vinegar can also delay the rise in blood sugar that occurs after you eat a starchy meal such as pasta.

Flaxseed—provides soluble fiber and also contains lignans (plant compounds that act as phytoestrogens and help to balance hormones).

Soybeans—are rich in protein and also contain phytoestrogens. Choose whole soybeans or fermented soy products, like tempeh.

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About Lisa Fielding

Lisa Fielding is the VP Marketing of femMED. For the past 25 years, Lisa has enjoyed various roles within the marketing and advertising industry, culminating in her role with femMED. A busy mom with 2 young children, 2 dogs and a cat named George, Lisa, like all working moms, strives to find the right balance between all things work and play. A firm believer in taking charge of your own destiny, Lisa is passionate about women's health and encourages women to become their own health advocates.

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