*The word "diet" just means eating healthy and lower calorie meals.
By: Mayo Clinic Staff
"Your weight is a balancing act and calories are part of that equation. Fad diets may promise you that counting carbs or eating a mountain of grapefruit will make the pounds drop off. But when it comes to weight loss, it's calories that count. Weight loss comes down to reducing extra calories from food and beverages and increasing calories burned through physical activity. (ThinStick helps to control your appetite so you can keep your calories under contol. ThinStick completly supports a healthy diet and also regular exercise)
Once you understand that equation, you're ready to set your weight-loss goals and make a plan for reaching them. Remember, you don't have to do it alone. Talk to your doctor, family and friends for support. Also, plan smart: Anticipate how you'll handle situations that challenge your resolve and the inevitable minor setbacks.
If you have serious health problems because of your weight, your doctor may suggest weight-loss surgery or medications for you. In this case, you and your doctor will need to thoroughly discuss the potential benefits and the possible risks.
But don't forget the bottom line: The key to successful weight loss is a commitment to making permanent changes in your diet and exercise habits."
When changing your diet for the better ask yourself if it...
- Includes foods from the major food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, low-fat dairy products, lean protein sources, nuts and seeds
- Includes proper amounts of nutrients and calories to help you maintain a healthy weight
- Includes foods you like and can easily find in your local grocery store
- Fits your lifestyle and budget