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10 strategies to lose weight and live great

Michele Borboa, MS is a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, lifestyle, and pets. Michele is a health and wellness expert, personal chef, cookbook author, and pet-lover based in Bozeman, Montana. She is also...

Lose weight & live better

The Pritikin Diet has been around for decades, initially being introduced as a new approach to decrease heart disease. Unlike other diets that quickly fall out of favor, the Pritikin has withstood scientific study and has evolved into a healthy lifestyle program that is not only heart-healthy, but also reverses metabolic syndrome, controls diabetes, lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of cancer, and promotes weight loss. What makes the Pritikin plan, also called the Pritikin Edge, so effective? Read on to find out.

5. Forget fast food and dine unrefined

The optimal diet relies on whole foods as opposed to refined fare. Whole foods are plant and animal foods that are in their original form, containing their full complement of vitamins, minerals, complex carbohydrates, fiber, antioxidants and other nutrients. Fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and organic grass-fed meats are whole foods.

At the other end of the spectrum, refined foods, such as packaged baked goods or high-sodium microwave meals, and fast foods have been stripped of nutrients or pumped full of additives and preservatives.

When choosing your meals, bypass the packaged processed foods and the drive-thru and opt for fresh wholesome foods and packaged goods that have been minimally changed from their original forms. Not only will you consume fewer calories, the calories you do consume will be healthy and naturally flavorful.

6. Watch less and walk more

Unsurprisingly, the waistlines of Americans have increased right along with the size of big-screen televisions. Those hours you spend watching reality shows and sit-coms could be used doing physical activities that improve your health and weight loss efforts.

Simply walking is a key component of a healthy lifestyle, but a complete exercise program includes aerobic activity, resistance training and stretching. Consider joining a health club and participate in the fitness classes or hire a personal trainer – be sure to find activities you enjoy doing so you are more likely to make exercise part of your life.

Wondering how much to exercise? Check out these guidelines for physical activity.

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