Streamline your eating habits to meet your weight loss goals.

Dieting isn’t about being vain or trying to get a better body. Dieting is about committing to a healthier way of eating and a healthier body. A weight loss goal of even 5-10% of your total body weight can improve your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, according to the CDC. Managing your weight lowers your risk of diabetes, heart disease and other serious health problems.

Instead of trying a fad diet, use a mixture of cutting down on calories and exercising. Here are five ways to cut calories from your diet:

Ditch fruit juices. Fruit juices are high in sugar and calories. Drink them in moderation or not at all. If you crave the taste of fruit, try lemon in your water.

Don’t sweeten your coffee with sugar. Avoid fancy coffee drinks and stick to black coffee with skim milk and a zero calorie sweetener. You'll save money, too.

Cut out soda. You’ll be surprised at how many calories you cut simply by avoiding soda. Diet soda is okay in a pinch, but you’re best off cutting soda out of your diet completely.

Change the way you cook. If you frequently cook with butter and oils, switch to grilling and broiling your proteins and vegetables. Season with spices and herbs instead of salt and butter.

Avoid eating out. Save restaurant eating for special occasions. It’s much easier to adhere to a healthy diet when you’re shopping for and preparing your own food. Restaurant meals are often high calorie and involve cooking in heavy creams and butters that add major calories to your meal.

North Hills Hospital wants to be part of your healthy weight loss goals. For more information on nutrition and healthy eating, talk with your doctor about your dietary needs. Call us at 1-855-5NHILLS for a physician referral.

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