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Self-help for the new year Part 2: Diet, weight tips

January 12, 2012

The start of a new year can be a time of personal change. For some people, that means New Year’s resolutions while for others it’s simply a desire to improve some aspect of their lives.

With 2012 under way, Kerry Peterson, assistant professor of food and nutrition at University of Wisconsin-Stout, offers five tips to help manage your diet and control your weight.

1. Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables. “These foods are good sources of vitamins and minerals and are low in calories,” Peterson said.

2. Eat a healthy breakfast. A good option is whole grain cereal with fruit and low-fat milk. “This will help control hunger and prevent bingeing later in the day.”

3. Use smaller plates, cups and bowls. Because we tend to measure our food based on how much is on our plate, this will help with portion control.

4. Watch your intake of calorie-containing beverages. Aim for three one-cup servings of low-fat or skim milk a day. The rest of your liquids should be water and limited amounts of unsweetened coffee and/or tea.

5. Start small and set realistic goals. Fad diets are difficult to maintain, setting you up for failure. “Small, realistic changes lead to long-lasting success and a healthy life,” Peterson said.

For a related UW-Stout YouTube video, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asdSFPaRHnA/.

For more information, go to http://www.eatright.org or http://www.myplate.gov.

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