Tips for better health in 2009

January 4, 2009 7:40:18 AM PST
Eaten enough over the holidays? You don't need to starve to get rid of that excess weight.

Many of us have vowed to eat better, and hopefully, lose a little weight in the New Year.

But diets can easily go astray.

Experts say it's better if you can get control over your temptations, like cookies, through "mindful eating."

Karen Ladson, who lost 55 pounds in 2008, used this tactic. " When you eat the cookies, stop what you're doing. Eat it slowly, savor it, enjoy it."

Dietitians say men need about 2-thousand calories a day...

Women, about 18-hundred calories daily.

So when you do indulge, know what it's going to cost you.

Carla Wolper, R.D., a registered dietitian, says, "Because if you have a 500-calorie piece of cake, then you only have 1300 calories left to eat for your breakfast, lunch, and dinner."

And remember to step on the scale once-a- week, so you'll know when pound sticks around.

Wolper says, "A pound a month is 120 pounds in 10 years. And that's what happens when people don't weigh themselves."

To lose one pound a week, you'll need to not eat, or exercise off, 500 calories a day.

Another tip... Is drink less soda, and skip the fancy coffee- drinks.

They tend to leave the stomach quickly - but they pack on extra calories.