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Maintaining a Desirable Weight

For some women, an important part of looking and feeling their best is being healthy and staying within their ideal weight. Other women feel great whether they are size 4 or 24. No matter what your size you can still look great if you feel good about yourself and know how to choose clothing styles that have flattering lines.

Over the years I have been large and small; so I know what itís like to be on a diet roller coaster. It wasnít until I learned how to take care of myself that I finally settled to a desirable weight and have rid myself of the constant internal nagging of how much I weigh. I am now at a place where I feel very comfortable with myself and nothing interferes with that. I hope the same for all women. If you would like to feel good and be at a healthy weight, I have a few suggestions Ė this is what has worked for me.

1. Exercise. It can be as simple as going for a walk. Calories go in your body in the form of food and liquid and are expended in the form of exercise. Itís like a bank account, deposit more than you take out and your balance will grow. If your balance is high, it might take a little time to get it down. Concentrate on living healthily. Donít focus on losing weight Ė when you focus on losing weight you are telling yourself that you donít look good enough now and that causes stress.

2. Eat Lots of Fruits & Vegetables: Not only are fruits and vegetable full of vitamins and nutrients, they are easy to digest and virtually calorie free.

3. Sweets and Alcohol: You wonít need to avoid those totally but be selective in how often you consume them. When you tell yourself you canít have something, you automatically want more of it. For example, if you want something sweet like a piece of chocolate cake, keep the portion small.

4. Eat Slowly: It takes twenty minutes after youíve had enough food that your brain gets the message. When you eat slowly, you eat less and your food digests better.

5. Eat Often: Donít let yourself get too hungry. When you are really hungry you are more likely to over eat and to eat foods that are high in calories.

6. Avoid Fatty Foods: Stay away from fast food restaurants and deep fried foods. Fast foods are usually high in calories and will cause heart disease.

7. Donít Follow Fad Diets: Just think of all the diets that have come and gone Ė the low fat diet, no fat diet, high carb, no meat, lots of meat etc. Itís just a matter of time before a Ďnew dietí or a Ďnew diet drug' will surface.

Copyright 2006 Sheila Dicks
Sheila Dicks is an Image and Wardrobe consultant who helps women feel more confident by dressing to suit their body type. To get tips on how to dress slimmer and find your best styles get a copy of her ebook "Image Makeover" at http://www.how-to-dress.com or go to http://www.sheilasfashionsense.com to get the Free Report "7 Things Your Girlfriends Wonít Tell You About Beauty and Fashion."

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