(NAPSA) - If you've long feared you've a slim chance of slimming down, these do's and don'ts may prove easy to swallow:
Don't give up your favorite foods. Just adjust the portions. A serving of meat should be about the size of a deck of cards; one of fruit or vegetables, about the size of a tennis ball.
Don't gobble. The more slowly you eat, the faster your body realizes it's full.
Do get the recommended five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. They can fill you up without filling you out as much as other foods can.
Don't give up protein. Researchers recommend a diet higher in protein and moderate in carbs for weight loss.
Do exercise. Walk more, take the stairs and try to get in at least 20 minutes of vigorous exercise at least three times a week.
Don't get discouraged. Even if you slip up or your weight loss reaches a plateau, sticking to your diet and exercise regimen will pay off in the end.
Do eat several small meals a day. Studies show four to five meals or snacks can help control appetite.
Don't forget to reward yourself. New clothes to fit your slimmer self or a fat piggy bank you can fill with the money you'd otherwise spend on snacks can lead to non-food-related satisfaction.
Do drink plenty of water and other low-calorie beverages, such as fruit juice. For instance, you can get fat-free, cholesterol-free Sun Shower 100 percent Nectarine Juices, with no added sugar or preservatives. They're less acidic than orange juice, high in potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin C, phytonutrients and antioxidants, and have only 90 calories per 8-ounce serving-which equals two servings of fruit. There are eight flavors: Nectarine, Nectarine Berry, Nectarine Mango, Nectarine Acai, Nectarine Pomegranate, Nectarine Grape Orange and Stamina Superfood.
You may care to try one in this satisfying smoothie:
8 oz. Sun Shower 100 percent Nectarine Juice (any flavor)
1 cup plain yogurt
1/2 cup ice
Pour Sun Shower 100 Percent Nectarine Juice, yogurt and ice into a blender. Blend until smooth. If desired, add additional fruit.
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