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Ten habits of people who lose weight and keep it off

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Ten habits of people who lose weight and keep it off
Most people who diet will regain 50% of the lost weight in the first year after losing it. Much of the rest will regain it in the following three years. Most people inherently know that keeping a healthy weight boils down to three things: eating healthy, eating less, and being active.

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Weight-loss interventions

We make more than 200 food decisions a day, and most of these appear to be habitual, which means we eat without thinking about what or how much food we consume.

A new study found weight-loss interventions that are based on forming new habits, and breaking old habits is the key to a healthy weight.

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Ten healthy habits

  1. Keep a meal routine: Eat at roughly the same time each day.
  2. Go for healthy fats from nuts, avocado, and oily fish instead of fast food.
  3. Walk off the weight: Aim for 10,000 steps a day.
  4. Pack healthy snacks when you go out.
  5. Always check the labels for fat, sugar, and salt content.
  6. Use smaller plates, and drink a glass of water and wait five minutes before going back for seconds.
  7. Break up sitting time.
  8. Choose water and limit fruit juice to one small glass per day.
  9. Slow down and eat while sitting at a table.
  10. Always aim for five servings of vegetables a day.

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We're all different. If we are all on the same weight-loss diet, there will be various outcomes. Some people will lose a lot, some will lose a little, and a few will even gain weight.

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Genetics And Nutrition

Scientists are continually finding links between genetics and nutrition. Many of us have a gene called FTO that makes us more likely to be overweight. You can get a genetic test to tell which variant of the FTO gene you happen to have.

However, scientists who study the genetics of nutrition think it’s premature to base nutritional advice on your DNA. That FTO gene, for example, has only been shown to make a few pounds’ difference in body weight.

Nutritional Genetic Testing

The coded messages of your DNA are billions of letters (nucleotides) long. Personalized nutrition companies only care about a few of your DNA letters and can tell you which "variant" you have at each of those locations (known as SNPs) along your DNA strands.

Genetic testing companies can learn what SNP variants you have by supplying them with a vial of spit.

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Keeping a food diary

Keeping a food diary

A food diary is a useful tool to help people improve their health. It can help you understand your eating habits and help you identify what foods you eat regularly.

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Tips for successful food journaling

  • Write down the food or beverage as soon as you consume it.
  • Be very specific. If you are drinking a latte, write down the type and size.
  • Include any alcoholic beverages you consume.
  • Use smartphone apps like Lose It! or MyFitnessPal for information on calories and other nutrients.

What you should include in a food diary

  • Write down what specific foods you are eating, your beverage consumed, and how your food is prepared (baked, fried, etc.) Include sauces and dressings.
  • List how much you are eating in household measures (cups, teaspoons, tablespoons.) If possible, weigh and measure your food.
  • Note the times you're eating to identify potentially problematic times, such as late-night snacking.

Also jot down where you are eating, what else you're doing while eating, who you eat with, and how you feel while eating.

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Steer clear of opaque food containers

Don't eat out of food containers, boxes, and bags that aren't clear.

Our brains are highly visual. We take visual cues as to how much food we’ve eaten to help us know when we should stop. When you can't see how much food you’ve had, you never get that visual feedback and you end up eating way too much.

Ditch dieting

Dieting limits one's mind-set.

Once you're off your diet and have lost weight, you might revert back to eating poorly, not exercising and ultimately regain pounds. Instead, focus on your long-term eating habits.