Dietitian tips for safe weight loss

By on April 1, 2013

(NC)—When it comes to losing weight, many of us look to celebrities for quick tips on how to squeeze into those skinny jeans or little black dresses. While ultra-low calorie diets tend to be part of celebrity lifestyle, registered dietitian, Luke Corey, cautions Canadian teens and women who look to the stars as guides to make healthier choices.

“Over the years, several A-listers have talked about their strict macrobiotic diets where they would typically eat celery sticks for breakfast, lentil soup for lunch and salmon with brown rice for dinner. That's less than 1,000 calories per day which is not even healthy for an inactive woman,” warns Corey. “Instead, I urge my clients to focus on their overall health and wellness goals and to follow Health Canada guidelines which recommend active women should eat 1,500 to 1,800 calories per day.”

Whether you're a celebrity or not, Corey suggests following these simple tips to look and feel great:

Write it down: Seeing your fitness or weight loss goals in print and making it a binding contract with yourself or someone else makes it real. Writing goals down, making a plan and journaling as you make progress helps you to stay committed.

Make your plan public: Be accountable for achieving results. Post it on Facebook or tell your friends. You may also want to find someone with similar goals so you can make plans to work out together. Many of Corey's clients find it helpful to share challenges and successes.

Indulge on occasion: Those who enjoy their favourites in moderation are more likely to stick to and reach their weight loss goals. Love soda pop? Corey suggests trying portion-controlled options like Coke mini-cans which have 100 calories or less per serving. “Depriving yourself is a recipe for disaster, so enjoy your favourites, but do so in moderation.”

Reward yourself: Be sure to measure your progress and reward your achievements. As an elite athlete, Corey notes that, “One of my favourite ways to reward myself after a week or two of hard workouts is to get a massage. It does wonders to keep me motivated and I encourage my clients to do the same.”

More health and wellness tips are available online at www.completehealthandnutrition.ca.

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