Don't wait — knowledge provides power for weight loss

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2007

A wide range of resources are available for people looking for help losing weight and eating healthier. Local gyms and fitness clubs employ personal trainers; meeting times for weight-loss groups such as TOPS and Weight Watchers are posted in the Clarion's Community Calendar.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Service publishes information on healthy eating, and numerous federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Health, have published information on exercise, eating healthy and weight control.

Soldotna resident Jeff Baker, who has lost 125 pounds over the past year and a half, said the most important thing is to have the desire to make changes for the better.

"Mostly, you just have to want to do it," Baker said.

Here are some tips from the Weight-control Information Network, a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease:

· Keep a food diary.

· Shop from a list and shop when you are not hungry.

· Store foods out of sight.

· Dish up smaller servings. At restaurants, eat only half your meal and take the rest home.

· Eat at the table and turn off the TV.

· Be realistic about weight-loss goals. Aim for a slow, modest weight loss.

· Seek support from family and friends.

· Expect setbacks and forgive yourself.

· Add physical activity to your weight-loss plan. Doing regular physical activity can help you control your weight.

More nutrition and weight resources can be found on the CDC Web site at, including information on healthy weight and physical activity.

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