I think we’re all smart enough to know that there’s no magic diet or pill that is going to make a person be in the peak of physical health. Yes, you can take supplements that will help with an end goal, but getting a body in shape and keeping it that way takes some amount of sacrifice and self-control.
Portion control is a huge problem in the United States; the average meal served at any given restaurant is literally at least twice the amount of food needed. In some cases, like that of the restaurant Claim Jumper one portion can feed a family of three! Keep in mind that one serving size of meat is only four ounces, while the average size of a steak served in a restaurant is 14 ounces.
As stated above, staying fit can be a challenge but not impossible. Making vegetables two-thirds of your average meal will help not only to lose weight but also will provide vital nutrients to your body. The second step to staying fit is exercise; unfortunately very few people around the globe get enough exercise. Even walking just 20 minutes a day will cause your body to feel better. On a personal note, my blood pressure was through the roof before I started a 30-minute a day walking plan; now my blood pressure is at normal ranges. Exercise can be any type of activity that you enjoy. Try dancing for 20 minutes (kids love to dance along), which will burn lots of calories as well as provide a cardio workout.
If you’re looking to lighten your calorie load try a few substitutions before binge dieting, which doesn’t usually work anyway. Substitute a heavy creamy salad dressing for extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Non-fat yogurt works great with some fresh herbs as a healthy dressing substitute; Penzeys Spices sells a wonderful line of dressing bases which, used with Greek yogurt works equally well as a sauce for fish. Instead of a bowl of ice cream after dinner try substituting some fresh fruit with whipped cream on top. Substitute salt for a squeeze of lemon; this works especially well on vegetables. Mustard is another condiment that gives tons of flavor to sauces and dressings without adding calories.
Being and staying fit doesn’t have to be a chore. Choose to live a healthy lifestyle, your family and friends will thank you for it!