Weight Management Plan Starts in Kitchen
Most of us don’t get enough fruits and vegetables. Indeed, just one in 10 Americans eats the recommended amount every day, according to a new federal report.
When you do eat fruits and vegetables, it helps reduce your risk for heart disease, stroke and some cancers. When you swap high-calorie foods for fresh veggies and fruits, it helps lower your caloric intake. That can equal weight loss.
The new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention comes at a time when nearly four out of 10 American adults have obesity. Eating healthy foods regularly is one way to help prevent obesity. To lose weight, however, health officials urge people to swap salty, fatty and sugary foods with fruits and vegetables. If you’re planning to have weight-loss surgery, eating a healthy diet will be a key strategy to keeping off the weight you lose.
So how many fruit and vegetables are you supposed to eat in a day if you’re on a weight management plan? Well, that depends on your age, your gender and how much physical activity you get. A good rule of thumb is to always make half your plate fruits and vegetables. If you have concerns about getting enough fresh food into your meals, talk to a Registered Dietitian for advice.
Add nutrition to your weight management plan.
Adding fruits and veggies to your diet only takes a few minutes of planning. Consider these tips from the CDC:
- Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
- In a hurry? Grab an apple or a banana to eat on the go.
- Stay out of the drive thru lane by keeping healthy snacks with you while running errands. Cut up some carrots or celery sticks to munch on in the car.
- Add fruits and vegetables to recipes. Get creative with zucchini noodles and cauliflower mashed potatoes.
- Always serve fruit and vegetables when you have guests over to eat.
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