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It takes more than just Whole Foods

February 27, 2009

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According to a recent study it takes more than just the right mix of carbohydrates, fat and protein to lose weight. In order to keep weight off, lifestyle factors play a key role as well as proper nutrition.

Here are some tips to help you with your health goals:

Forget the trendy diets. No matter how much hype a diet receives in the media, just because it works for one celebrity does not mean it will necessarily work with you.

Incorporate exercise into your daily life. What type of movement do you enjoy? Try going for a walk with a friend or take a yoga class.

Keep a food diary. This helps people be conscious of what and how much they are consuming.

Question your beliefs about food and cravings. You don’t need to resist all cravings. Listen to your body and find out what that craving is telling you. You may be missing a key nutrient.

Make small changes. Optimal health doesn’t happen overnight. By slowly incorporating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains you will eventually crowd out all of the chemicalized, artificial junk foods.

Be kind to yourself. You can’t be good 100 percent of the time. That’s why Integrative Nutrition came up with the 90-10 diet. Eat whole foods 90 percent of the time and indulge 10 percent of the time.

Remember, everyone is different. You might find that a trendy diet does work for you and that keeping a food diary does not. It is important to experiment and find out what works best for your body and your lifestyle. Do you enjoy keeping a food journal? What kind of exercise do you fit into your daily routine?

About the author

Joshua Rosenthal is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. He has worked in the nutrition field for more than 25 years, teaching at the school alongside health leaders including Andrew Weil, Deepak Chopra and Barry Sears. At Integrative Nutrition students are trained as Health Coaches, receiving the holistic nutrition education necessary for them go out into the world and help others improve their health and happiness.