You don’t need to travel to the Duke Diet center to take advantage of the program. Everydayhealth.com asked the center’s experts to share their top tips for achieving weight loss success — from scheduling meals to getting a grip on emotional eating.
Here’s a tip:
Eat More — But Choose Wisely
You already know that fruits and vegetables are good for you. That’s because they’re not only packed with disease-fighting nutrients, but they’re also great for losing weight and maintaining weight loss. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber and water, which fill you up so you eat less at each meal. Duke Diet nutritionists recommend loading half of your plate with fruits and vegetables at lunch and dinner to leave less room for unhealthy foods.
Seeing a full plate also helps you feel more satisfied on a low-calorie diet,” says Christine B. Tenekjian, a Duke Diet & Fitness Center dietitian. “When people come to our program, they’re afraid of being hungry, but more often they say, ‘This is more food than I usually eat.’” Tenekjian recommends having at minimum of two to four servings of fruits and vegetables each day and making sure your plate contains 50 percent produce. Ideally, the rest of your plate’s real estate should be filled with 25 percent healthy protein — fish, lean beef or white meat chicken, or a plant-based protein such as tofu — and 25 percent should come from carefully-chosen, fiber-rich starches, such as beans and other legumes.