Forget the food fads and `Take 10` small steps to weight loss success - that`s the message from dietitians to the thousands who will make weight loss their goal this year.
`Fad and quick-fix weight loss programs often promise easy, no-effort weight loss. The reality is these programs can set people up to fail and damage their self-esteem in the process,` said Claire Hewat, CEO of Dieticians Association of Australia (DAA).
Clare Collins, associate professor of dietics, said: `A range of approaches can help you lose weight in the short term, but making small, permanent changes that fit with your lifestyle will give you the best chance of keeping weight off in the long term.`
Collins` `Take 10` tips for achieving or maintaining a healthy weight are:
Include vegetables or salad with lunch and dinner
Choose fruit as a snack
Replace full-fat food and drinks with reduced-fat alternatives
Choose wholegrain foods instead of more refined foods
Eat smaller serving sizes by using smaller plates and cups
Eat slowly and stop when you are satisfied, not stuffed full
Eat when you genuinely feel hungry, rather than for emotional or other reasons
Swap sweetened drinks such as cordial, soft drink and juice with water
Eat your evening meals at a dinner table with the TV turned off.