Weight Loss A to Z, Part Two

Article posted in: Diet & Nutrition

Yesterday, we published the first installment in our alphabetical list of some of the fundamentals of weight loss. We continue the list today with a look at the basics that begin with the letters F through J:

F is for Fiber. Dietary fiber is a good thing. It helps you feel full by filling up your belly in a way other foods don’t. What’s more, foods that are high in fiber—vegetables, fruit, whole grains, among others—tend to be very nutrient dense. Eating vegetables is an important part of the Nutrisystem program.

G is for Greens. Greens are high in fiber, but they’re also filled with nutrients that have awesome properties like fighting cancer, preventing heart disease and even helping your gums and connective tissue. Look for fresh greens like spinach, kale and swiss chard, all of which are unlimited on the Nutrisystem program.

H is for Hunger. Feeling a little bit hungry during the day isn’t a bad thing: it may help you determine how much you need to eat and when you need to eat it. But you never want to feel “hangry,” that awful feeling when you’re so hungry your judgement goes out the window. That can lead to binge eating. Best to eat several small meals and snacks a day.

I is for Ingredients. If you want to lose weight, you need to be aware of what you’re putting into your body. So read the ingredient panel required by law to be on all packaged food sold in the United States. It will list the ingredients in descending order of prevalence, as well as calorie counts for standard servings, and how many servings the package contains.

J is for Jump Rope. The old school yard staple is an awesome exercise, a way to burn calories, tune up your heart and lungs and tone your legs while working on your coordination. You can burn 135 calories with just 10 minutes of moderate rope jumping!