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Sinclair Cares | Eating Right

Sinclair Cares | Eating Right

So you're back in the gym, exercising regularly but you probably already know that's not enough

Natalie Cannady, a working Mom, says, “you can work out as much as you want but if you don't eat right your results won't be what you want them to be.”

Natalie Cannady runs a hospital fitness center but still finds it hard to get the diet part right for herself and her family

Natalie Cannady tells us, “my 6-year-old daughter, Kendall, she is a snack machine.”

This year, Cannady has worked with a dietician to come up with a nutrition plan she can stick with.

“We want people to have lifestyle changes,” says Tonya Johnson is the Director of Nutritional Services at the University Of Arkansas For Medical Sciences. She's also a mom who makes healthy eating a priority in her own home.

Johnson says, “I'm the fruit lady - the crazy fruit lady at the ballpark my kids don't eat nachos”

Johnson says following these four rules can make losing weight and getting well easier than you might think and number one on the list avoid diets and diet products.

Johnson says, “no matter what pill they want you to take or what drink they want you to drink you're restricting your calories and increasing your exercise so you can do that on your own without a pill without a product.”

Second focus on portion control

Johnson suggests, “get a smaller plate eat smaller portions. That's gonna help with long-term weight loss.”

Third only keep healthy foods at home like low-fat yogurt, lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables

Johnson explains, “and then when you get hungry instead of grabbing the bag of chips or the cookies you're gonna grab what's in your house and that's gonna be a healthier item.”

And lastly, Johnson says the key to it all is making your own meals.

Johnson explains, “a lot of our food dollars are spent eating out when really we could eat healthier at home for a lot less money if we planned ahead.”

Cannady says, “we're getting out of the eating out all the time thank goodness getting back to cooking.”

So far for Natalie, it's been an easy transition and one she's confident her family will be able to follow through with for not just the year but for a lifetime.

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