Your Health and Wellness Questions Answered

A good way to learn how to maintain your health and wellness is by creating a weight loss plan that will help you in shedding body fat.

Do you want to be in charge of your ability to lose weight?

There's nothing stopping you from reaching your weight loss goals, except trying to conform someone else's way of doing things. What I am talking about is doing it your way. Creating a flexible plan that you can easily follow.

You choose what to include and more importantly what to exclude in your diet. See if you can spot the best way to create a diet and exercise plan that will work for you. Ask yourself why it will work for you and then go forward.

Let's take a look at a few questions you can ask yourself. Use your answers as clues as to how to make health and wellness a reality for you.

1. Do you plan when - or what - you are going to eat?

You may not know this but you can add a little structure to your diet without sacrificing variety.

First off, simply pick your favorite meal.

Got it in front of you?

Next pull together some set menus for the other two meals that you can rotate. Keep it really simple. The less you have to think about - the better off you are.

2. Do you eat too much a mealtime?

Consider trying portion control. Use smaller plates. Wrap up the leftovers and put them into the freezer quickly. This idea works by keeping you from sneaking second helpings.

3. Do you snack in between meals?

A good rule of thumb is to eat more complex carbohydrates like pasta, bread, rice, and potatoes (without fatty sauces and toppings) during your meals.

4. Do you snack INSTEAD of eating meals? This only works if you choose nutritious, low-fat foods. Stick with vegetables, fruit, and complex carbohydrates.

5. Do you often eat on the run?

Yes, it is tempting to rely on frozen dinners, the microwave, and fast food chains as a quick and easy way to feed yourself and your family.

No doubt about it...time is a precious commodity that everyone is trying desperately to hold on to. However, take the road less traveled and get the lower-fat entrees such as grilled chicken without the mayo or baked potatoes without the butter or sour cream.

Keep low-fat spaghetti sauce, pasta, canned beans, and brown rice in your pantry as an alternative. You can produce a heart, healthy meal in just minutes.

6. Do you sample while you cook?

We all know that any good chef must sample their creations. But the kicker is to avoid overdoing it. What's more you should keep lo fat snacks within arms reach.

You should really think about your answers to these questions and make changes to strengthen health and wellness.

Why? Because it works!

Again, whatever you do, make sure you follow through.

The clock is ticking...and you should be acting...

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