4 Ways to Eat a Healthy Diet for Weight Loss

Create a lifestyle that helps you slim down faster

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Learn to eat a healthy diet for weight loss. Chris Ryan/Getty Images

This article is part of 6 Weeks to a Better Body, my free e-course available to readers. Sign up for the class to get lessons by email or follow it online to change the way you look and feel.

You're in Week 2 of your new weight loss program. You’ve completed 5 essential pre-diet tasks and now it's time to set up habits to help you eat healthy and lose weight.  It's easier than you might imagine. Just follow these steps and before you know it you'll be enjoying satisfying meals and feeling better about your body.

4 Simple Ways to Eat Healthy to Lose Weight

  1. Set up a calorie tracking app. Now that you know how many calories you should eat every day, make sure you have a food diary or online app ready to record your daily calorie intake.  I like to use CalorieCount.com but there are several different diet apps and websites that you can use to monitor your diet.  Remember that the process of calorie counting is tedious in the beginning, but it gets easier as you progress through your program.
     
  2. Learn how to plan healthy meals. The key to learning how to eat healthy is careful planning and organization.  Take just 30 minutes each week to set up a meal schedule and prepare foods in advance. This step saves time later when your life gets busy. It will also ensure that healthy food is always available when you are hungry.
     
  3. Set up your kitchen for weight loss. Is your kitchen designed for healthy eating? Or is it a den of temptation? Learn how to set up your kitchen so that the best choices are always easy to make.  Clean out your refrigerator, your pantry and your counter space. Then get equipped with essential cooking tools so that food preparation and organization takes less time.
     
  1. Start an easy exercise program. This week’s tasks are about eating a healthier diet, but I want you to begin to build a workout habit, too. So we'll start by doing easy workouts for weight loss. Don’t worry about working too hard, just be consistent and do easy physical activity for 20-30 minutes every day this week. Believe it or not, physical activity can actually help you to make better food choices! 
     

    Next week, we'll spend more time learning to exercise at different intensities levels to burn more fat and calories. 

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