Dieting For Dummies
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Living and eating well involves more than just counting calories, reducing carbs, or watching fat. Remember these eight easy guidelines for healthy eating. If you are overweight and start following these tips, you should start losing weight naturally.

  • Eat a minimum of three servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit each day.

  • Eat at least three servings of whole grains each day.

  • Eat at least four servings of beans, lentils, or peas each week.

  • Eat three meals and two to three small snacks a day.

  • Eat breakfast.

  • Limit or eliminate soft drinks and drink plenty of water.

  • Limit caffeine to two servings or less a day.

  • Limit salty foods and the amount of saturated fat that you eat.

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Jane Kirby, RD is a registered dietitian and member of the American Dietetic Association. She is the food and nutrition editor of Real Simple magazine and owner of The Vermont Cooking School, IncTM in Charlotte, Vermont. Jane is the former editor of Eating Well magazine and the food and nuitrition editor for Glamour. She served on the dietetics staff of the Massachusettes General Hospital in Boston, where she  completed graduate work in nutrition. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Marymount College.

The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest group of nutrition and health professionals. As an advocate of the profession, the ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health, and well-being.

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