Healthy Tips For 2003
Although the official New Year’s holiday has come and gone, your New Year’s resolutions are following you.
you’ve given up making New Year’s resolutions because they
seem unattainable, experts at the Medical College of Wisconsin in
Milwaukee have some simple tips to improve lifestyle, health and diet
that don’t require heroic will power.
Perhaps the goals you set last year were unrealistic, according to Dr. Russell Robertson, a member of the college medical staff.
plans to ‘lose weight’, ‘exercise more’ and
‘save money’ fail due to lack of specificity,”
He offered these suggestions:
* Eat a
balanced breakfast every day before work. A bowl of non-sweetened
cereal with or without fruit and a glass of orange juice are all you
need. This will give you early morning energy and reduce midmorning
cravings for junk food.
* If your
over age forty and haven’t seen a physician in the past year,
make an appointment for a healthcare maintenance exam, instead of
waiting for a medical problem to appear and evolve into a serious
* Take an
“indulgence” inventory regarding what you eat and drink;
the substances that may be harming you (such as tobacco); and how you
entertain yourself (such as what you view on television or the
* Use the stairs as often at possible when you’re at work. Take a walk three times each week, preferably with a friend.
* Plan a realistic budget. Try to determine weekly amounts of money for groceries, gas and general expenditures.
Heart Association (AHA) dietary guidelines also can help you eat
healthier and lose weight , according to Dr. Theodore Kotchen, a
professor of medicine at the Wisconsin facility.
guidelines are easy to use because they stress overall eating patterns,
rather than percentages of dietary fat or other nutrients, he
explained. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes (beans), whole
grains, low-fat dairy products, fish, lean meats and poultry is still
the basis of the AHA recommendations, he added.
For obese individuals, the guidelines recommend a gradual weight loss of no more than two pounds a week, Kotchen said.
put, to lose weight, you must eat fewer calories than you burn and
increase physical activity, such as brisk walking, to at least 30
minutes daily,” he said.