Minn. ó Turning the calendar to a new year often finds
people working on their commitment to a healthy lifestyle.
comes to losing weight, experts advise taking a longer view,
beyond a New Yearís resolution.
and maintaining a healthy weight is best accomplished through
a lifestyle approach," says Donald Hensrud, M.D., M.P.H.,
medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program and
medical editor-in-chief of the Mayo Clinic Diet. "You
should follow a dietary pattern that is practical. If itís
too restrictive, itís impossible to sustain."
the Mayo Clinic Diet was named No. 1 in the Commercial Diet
category by U.S. News & World Report. The Mayo Clinic Diet
offers a weight-loss and lifestyle program thatís based on
research and clinical experience. An online program also gives
access to meal plans, recipes and interactive tools like an
iOS app for Apple operating systems, and fitness plans and
two-phase program offers a two-week jump-start to weight loss
and a lifelong approach to diet and health. The dietary plan
is built around health-supporting vegetables and fruits, lean
proteins, whole grains and healthy fats, such as nuts and
olive oil. Thereís no calorie counting. Instead, the diet
focuses on generous amounts of vegetables and fruits, and
healthy choices in other food groups. No foods are excluded.
Portions of higher-calorie foods are limited. Physical
activity of at least 30 minutes most days also is emphasized
to highlight overall health ó not just weight.
with health conditions are encouraged to talk with their
doctor before starting any diet or exercise plan.
you make even small changes in your diet and exercise habits,
you decrease your health risks from many conditions, including
diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and sleep
apnea," Hensrud says. "Thatís a gift to you and
your family all year-round."