Hi, I’m Brenda Thompson, registered dietitian
and owner of Life Skills Nutrition. In this segment I’m going to talk about ten strategies
for weight loss. In other segments I will go into the strategies in a little bit more
detail. The first one is to be sure you are ready for weight loss. It is always important
that you want to set yourself up for success, and so if you are not ready, you should not
start a diet regimen or an exercise regimen to try to lose weight. You want to seek advice
from a registered dietitian and set healthy goals. We will go through a series of how
you would set a healthy goal. Stay away from fad diets, and we will cover ten strategies
on how to spot a fad diet. The reason you don’t want to follow fad diets is because
sometimes you lose weight too quickly, and you’re losing water and muscle instead of
fat, which the ultimate goal is really to lose fat. You could also cause some other
harmful side effects. If you want to understand your body, it is really important to look
at your family and your genetics. Also, understanding a little bit about your set point is important.
Keeping a food diary is essential in weight loss. Research shows that people who keep
a food diary keep the weight off much longer and are much more successful at losing weight.
You want to select nutrient dense foods from all food groups. Stay hydrated. Hydration
is very important and sometimes easily forgotten, and you want to incorporate exercise.