Drink 64 ounces of water per day. Proper hydration helps metabolize fat.

Resolve never to super size your food portions unless you want to super size your clothes.

Eat with purpose: be sure to plate it so you can sit down and enjoy it.

Eating out? Halve it, and get the rest to go.

Eat the low-cal items on your plate first. Start with salads, veggies, and broth soups; eat meats and starches last.

Get calories from foods you chew, rather than from beverages.  Remember fruits and vegetables provide lots of chewing time.

Give it away!  After company leaves, give away leftover food to neighbors, doormen, or delivery people or take it to work the next day.

At a buffet?  Eating a little of everything guarantees high calories.  Decide on three or four things, only one of which is high in calories. Save that for last so there less chance of overeating.

For the holidays, wear your snuggest clothes that do not allow much room for expansion.  Wearing sweats is out until January.

Make exercise a non-negotiable priority.

If you have a sweet tooth, eat more fruit.

Ditch junk food and save big bucks at the supermarket.  Ditching junk food for a healthier eating style is great for your wallet!

When 24 families in New York State switched to an easy, low-fat eating plan for 1 year, their weekly grocery bills dropped an average of $12.00 per person. The families followed the Traffic Light Diet designed by University of Buffalo nutritionists. The results:  They slashed calorie intake by about 25%.  Kids and their parents lost weight while they wallets got fatter.  (Journal of the American Dietetic Assoc, May 2002)

Green light foods: Fill your plate! Whole grain breads and pastas, brown rice, fresh fruits and vegetables, unsweetened dry cereal, fat-free milk, fat-free yogurt, beans and lentils, and tuna.

Yellow light foods:  Go for smaller and fewer portions.  Good choices include low-fat yogurt and cottage cheese, 1% milk, eggs, skinless chicken breasts and legs, and most types of fish

Red light foods:  Limit them to two servings a day or less.  These include cheese, whole milk, butter, ice cream, red meat, pork, and even modified diet foods such as high-cal, fat-free salad dressing and low-fat cookies.

Information taken from Prevention  Magazine December 2002

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