|Three Tips for Maintaining Your Weight|
The key to maintaining a healthy weight is learning to balance the calories you consume with the energy you expend. If you eat less food than the energy you expend, you'll lose weight. If you eat more than you expend, you'll gain. Here are three suggestions from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov) to help you find the right combination of diet and exercise to meet your needs.
- Set realistic goals. Start with small dietary and exercise goals and add new challenges as you can accomplish the little ones.
- Conduct meal, snack, and activity inventories from time to time. By noting what you've eaten and what you've done, you'll discover what typically triggers your hunger and what satisfies your appetite.
- Substitute fruits and vegetables for higher calorie, less nutritious foods whenever possible. Prepare vegetables or fruit as a snack. Dine at a salad bar. Grill fruits and vegetables on skewers. Make fresh fruit smoothies.