The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Dieting

Orbera_Gastric_Balloon_4 (1)1. Fresh fruits and veggies

No processed or canned vegetables, or casseroles
Unlimited quantities, don’t worry about calories
Nuts and seeds are not considered fresh fruits or veggies
2. No fried, greasy, or oily foods

Chips, fries, fried chicken and fish, fried burgers, donuts, etc, are off limits
Watch the oily and high fat salad dressings
Orbera Gastric Balloon 43. No processed foods

No snack foods
No TV dinners, microwave meals, etc
4. Whole grains and complex carbs are good

Avoid simple sugars and simple carbs, like anything with potatoes, corn meal/sugar, and added sugar. That includes sweets and desserts
Choose whole grain pasta
Carefully select stone ground, whole wheat breads
Choose grains such as buckwheat, barley, quinoa, etc
5. Dairy, cheese and eggs are good for you

Yes, you can eat an egg
Watch the fat content in cheese and milk
Full fat yogurt is good for you
There’s no such thing as diet ice cream
6. Fats are ok

Make sure it's not the foundation of your diet, however
Lean meats are generally better, but you can have beef, pork, chicken, fish, etc
Certain oils, like olive oil, are healthier than others
7. Occasional “naughty” treats are ok

Avoid sugary beverages, as they can contribute quite a bit of calories to your diet
Occasional desserts are ok, but it should be a treat, not a part of every meal
Alcohol in moderation, including beer and wine, are ok…in moderation
You can have bread with a meal. Just don’t make it the whole meal

Orbera_Gastric_Balloon_61. Eat and cook at home

Avoid eating out. Most restaurants have very limited healthy eating options
Foods at restaurants almost always have much higher fat, carbs, sugar, salt and calories than the equivalent food that you would cook at home
Don’t know how to cook? It's actually fun!
2. Don't keep the “bad stuff” in the house

Even though it may be there for the kids, I guarantee eventually you’ll get into it
Keep fresh fruit sitting out on the counter to snack on instead
3. Keep engaged, active, busy

Boredom leads to mindless snacking
4. Read nutritional labels

The packaging and ads can be deceptive
Orbera Gastric Balloon 65. Artificial sweeteners are okay if they aid in compliance and reduce cheating

There are often GI side effects of artificial sweeteners
Use of artificial sweeteners may not enable you in kicking the sugar addiction
6. Stop eating when you start to feel full

Many people have the habit of stuffing themselves, especially at holidays
7. You don't have to buy more expensive “organic,” or gluten-free foods

Eating healthier can be more expensive, but you don't have to shop at an expensive specialty store to get healthy food
You’ll save money by preparing your own food and eating at home
8. Don’t fill up on chips!

You’ve probably tried just about every food available in America by now
At a meal, choose the foods you really want to eat; don’t mindlessly eat the chips and bread set before you
Choose high quality, tasty foods that you really want to eat. You don't have to eat everything available to you at one meal
9. Eat 3 meals a day

Don’t try to starve yourself or skip meals. You’ll end up stuffing yourself with unhealthy snack foods
10. Snacks are ok

Snack on unlimited amounts of fresh fruits and veggies
A few nuts are also okay as snacks
Keep plenty of peeled fruits sitting on the countertop for snacks. Most people will go for the fruit if it's sitting right in front of them, ready to be eaten

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