A basic, healthy diet should include at least 3 nutritious meals a day and 1 or 2 snacks. A well-balanced diet is made up of carbohydrate-rich foods, protein, and some fat – but not too much. No foods have to be completely eliminated for a balanced diet. You can still enjoy high-fat, high-sugar foods in moderation. Healthy living is about not denial and deprivation but balance. Health Canada has a guide called Eating Well with Canada's Food Guide that is a good reference for balanced eating.
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Ditching the scale was the best thing Kathryn did when starting the Tone It Up program with her sister—instead of worrying about whether the number went up or down, she focused on how clothes fit and her body measurements. "Now I can take my jeans on or off without unbuttoning them—a far better feeling of accomplishment for me than stepping on the scale and being worried what number would appear," Kathryn says. To keep herself accountable, "I stay connected to TIU through Instagram," she says. "There's something so special about posting a picture of my workout or a meal I just ate and getting an instant reward when women comment and tell me what a great job I'm doing."
Appetite suppressants may help to suppress hunger and cause you to feel full sooner, so they might help you lose weight in the short term. However, there are safer ways to lose weight. The dangerous side effects of diet pills in the past have caused certain brands to be banned in both the UK and the US. There is a flourishing internet trade in diet pills which has allowed people desperate to lose weight to buy illegal and potentially dangerous drugs and herbal supplements.