What we do know for sure - you don’t need a fancy meal delivery service, or a special diet plan to lose weight! Healthy weight loss comes from a little knowledge, and a lot of dedication. Below we’ll share some of our favorite, free tools and tips to help you meet your personal weight loss goals while saving money.
Know What You Need
Maria's Weight Loss Plan
- Maria is a 44 year-old woman. She is 5 feet tall and weighs 135 pounds. She currently does not get much physical activity. She would like to lose weight, so she has more energy to play with her granddaughter.
- According to Maria’s MyPlatePlan she needs 1800 calories to maintain her weight, or 1600 calories to get to a healthy weight.
- By following the suggestions on her personalized MyPlatePlan, Maria can slowly lose weight to meet her goal.
Eat Regular Meals and Snacks
Fill Up on Fiber & Protein
- Fruits and Vegetables - Half of the foods you eat during the day should be fruits and vegetables. Some great examples of filling fruits include apples, berries, oranges, bananas, pears, and melon. Fiber-rich veggies include leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, onions, okra, and celery. See Vegetables the Easy Way and 14 Tips for Using Canned & Frozen Fruits for more ideas.
- Whole Grains - Brown rice, whole wheat pasta, whole grain bread, quinoa, oats, and popcorn are a few of the filling whole grain foods. Find more Whole Grain Tips from ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Lean Proteins – Chicken, turkey, fish, tofu, nuts, beans, eggs, and lentils are some of the healthiest protein foods. See the Cheapest Protein Foods and Save Money with Plant Proteins for more inspiration.
For more fun ways to be active, check out our Free Health Events in CT calendar. There you will find activities like hiking, dance, yoga, and Zumba near you. And, watch for next month's blog where we uncover some of the best places to walk or hike in Hartford.