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Motivation Boosters
American Dietetic Association's Nutrition and You: Trends 2000 Survey

Are you one of those people that knows a good diet is part of healthy living but they fall into the "but" rut? If so, you're among 40 percent of Americans who feel they know they should eat a healthful diet, but for one reason or another have failed to do so. It seems fear of giving up favorite foods, confusion over nutrition studies and reports, and the belief that eating right takes too much time, are some of the obstacles to better health.

Start investing in your health today. Take control of your food choices, get physically active and get on the road to a healthful lifestyle - for a lifetime. Get out of the rut! replica handbags

Make lifestyle changes with a friend or family member. A partner increases the enjoyment factor of physical activity and healthful eating.

Enlist support. Family and friends can help you stay on track. Those who have the support of family members, particularly a spouse, are more likely to manage their weight successfully.

Please yourself. Remember the most important reason to maintain a healthy lifestyle is you.

Set realistic goals. Start with your current weight, not where you want to be. Make short-term, attainable goals. For example, the challenge of losing five pounds at a time seems more do-able than losing 25 pounds. Like any project, going little by little isn't as overwhelming, and it's healthier.

Track your progress over time. Avoid the urge to step onto the scale every day. Once a week is often enough. Since weight fluctuates from day to day due to fluid loss and retention, you may not get a true picture if you weigh yourself too frequently.

Celebrate any success. Weight loss doesn't need to be an all-or-nothing venture. Even small changes can make a difference in your health and reduce your risk for disease. You may reward yourself with a new garment, a bouquet of flowers, a new music CD or a special outing.

Move it to lose it. A physically active lifestyle offers many rewards - from heart health to strong bones to stress relief, plus many other benefits. Enjoy how good your healthy weight feels. Still there's no greater motivation than knowing you're in control and caring for you.

Expect to be successful. Reaching life's goals is often a self-fulfilling prophecy. Positive self-talk and an enthusiastic approach to a healthful lifestyle set you up for success.

Get started today. If you really want to change your lifestyle, you can do it! Don't get overwhelmed, make changes slowly. Eating healthfully and getting regular physical activity will only make you feel better. Ask a registered dietitian for more guidance on choosing healthful foods for weight loss.


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