Weight Loss, A to Z, Part One

Article posted in: Diet & Nutrition

We spend a lot of time here at The Leaf’s global headquarters thinking about weight loss. So much time, in fact, that we’ve been able to devise an alphabetical list of things you should know about weight loss. Here’s the first installment:

A is for Activity: The CDC’s Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans (PAG) says that adults should get at least 2.5 hours of moderate physical activity a week. That’s 30 minutes five days a week. It also suggests you lift weights, and make some of your activity rigorous. You’ll feel better, and you’ll burn more calories, which aids in weight loss.

B is for Belief: It’s important that you believe in yourself in this process. After all, if you don’t believe you can do it, who else will? We know you can do it. You need to believe that your hard work over time will lead to the weight loss you want.

C is for Control: Specifically, portion control. One of the variables in the weight loss equation is how many calories you consume over the course of a day. The size of standard portions in America has exploded over the last 30 years. Remember when putting food on your plate that you need much less food to actually feel full than you might think. Don’t believe us? Use a smaller plate.

D is for Diet: The word diet, which has come to mean the types of food you eat, and perhaps even more so, one that is calorie-restricted or designed to maintain a certain weight, is derived from the Greek word dietas, which means “way of life.” That’s what we’re aiming for here: making the right amount of healthy, nutritious foods a way of every day life.

E is for Vitamin E: Vitamin E is an antioxidant, which means it helps slow down things that may damage the cells in your body. You’ll find Vitamin E in all kinds of good foods like eggs, vegetable oils, meat poultry and some fruits and vegetables.