Sinclair Cares: Exercise is not enough

Sinclair Cares: Exercising for weight loss requires healthy eating

If you made it your New Year resolution to eat healthier and get fit but you're struggling with a diet plan, you may be trying too hard.

Working in partnership with our parent company, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, we want to keep you informed about important health matters.

Alyson Courtney talks with a nutritionist who says you can get in better shape without going on a diet.

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

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. “I'm the fruit lady, the crazy fruit lady at the ballpark. My kids don't eat nachos,” said Johnson.

Johnson says following these four rules can make losing weight and getting well easier than you might think, and number one on her list is avoiding diets and diet products. “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,” said Johnson.

The second step is to focus on portion control. “Get a smaller plate, eat smaller portions, that's gonna help with long-term weight loss,” said Johnson.

The third step is to only keep healthy foods at home like low-fat yogurt, lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables. “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,” said Johnson.

Finally, Johnson says the key to it all is to make your own meals at home. “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,” said Johnson.

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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