The 4 Best Diet Tips You’ll Hear All Year

Now that my year-long weight loss journey with SHAPE is coming to a close, I realize that there are certain lessons that have really worked for me along the way. These are the tips from my nutritionist, Keri Gans, that are going to help me stay on track in the years to come, even when I don’t have a team of professionals by my side:

1. Food journaling. Writing down what I eat helps me be mindful of what I’m putting in my mouth.

2. Carbs are not the devil! They are a necessary part of a well-balanced diet. The important thing to remember is to eat whole-wheat and whole grains and to stick appropriate serving sizes.

3. Make small changes for overall health. Eat low-fat dairy instead of full-fat. Bake potatoes instead of frying them. Eat whole-wheat instead of white bread. Start every dinner with a colorful salad. Begin the day with a healthy, balanced breakfast. If you want French fries with your burger, go ahead, just skip the bun.

4. Enjoy everything in moderation. That includes a glass of wine a day or an after-dinner dessert that is under 100 calories.

Coming up I will be sharing the key lessons I learned from my life coach and personal trainer.

The 4 Best Diet Tips You’ll Hear All Year-2 Our 2012 Weight Loss Diary writer, Yasmin, is a 33-year-old web content producer who is looking to get healthy and love her body! Follow along on her year-long weight loss journey!

Who’s helping Yasmin? Tiara Coaching Life coach Alison Miller, Ph.D, nutritionist Keri Gans, R.D, and Equinox personal trainer Stephanie Pipia.

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