CONROE, Texas, Dec. 28, 2017 — Is your New Year's resolution to lose weight? Before you jump on a crash diet, consider taking it slow and steady. By gradually introducing small changes to your diet, you can achieve weight loss and healthy eating habits that will last. For example, adding more non-starchy vegetables to every meal is a good first step.
“A lot of people set unrealistic goals with big changes and end up feeling overwhelmed,” explains Dr. Mary Henson, a primary care and family medicine physician with Houston Methodist Primary Care Group in Conroe. “I encourage my patients to just take one small step at a time and build their success gradually until they are eating healthier about 80 percent of the time. That strategy more often leads to long-term success.”
Henson recommends allowing yourself one cheat day a week and to have a treat occasionally. At the same time, it's important not to restrict your diet too drastically for too long because eventually your body will go into starvation mode and conserve calories by conserving energy.
If you hit a plateau with weight loss, Henson recommends eating an extra 500 calories one day, and then 500 less the next to kick-start your metabolism.
Logging everything you consume for two weeks into an online diet logger, such as My Fitness Pal or My Food Diary, can yield surprising information which can help you make healthier food choices.
To find a primary care physician near your home or work, call 713.394.6791.
Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital
SOURCE Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital
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