February 2009 Issue

Whittle Your Weight By Fixing 6 Common Eating Mistakes

If you’re like many people, your New Year’s resolve to eat better in 2009 may already be a distant memory. But don’t lose hope. Lasting weight loss—or maintaining your weight as you age—results from good eating choices made every day all year long. It may just take correcting a few common eating missteps. Going too long without food. This often starts with skipping breakfast then continues throughout the day. The result is constant nagging hunger. Little known secret? You should diet on full stomach. Sound counterintuitive? It’s not. Hunger is the death knell of any weight-loss diet; when famished, you reach for the first food that comes into view and probably too much of it. Eating often, however, keeps you in control of what you eat, instead of the food controlling you. It perks up your body’s metabolism, too. Plan to put something worthwhile in your mouth every three to four hours. Back to breakfast—the most commonly skipped meal: Studies show that most people who’ve lost weight and kept it off eat breakfast every day.

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