Kathie Lee & Hoda: How To Maintain Weight Loss
Today diet and nutrition expert Madelyn Fernstrom stopped by to talk with Kathie Lee and Hoda about how to maintain the weight you’ve lost for the summer. Madelyn said that it is just as hard to keep the weight off as it was to lose it. She said it is important to stay connected, so get a scale, weigh yourself once a week, and keep track of what you eat, whether it’s in a food journal or a calorie-tracking smartphone app.
Maintaining Your Weight Loss: Portion Control
Madelyn said that paying attention to your portions when eating or drinking is key. She suggested using smaller glasses and smaller plates to make it easy on yourself to keep your portions smaller. Another tip she shared was to pick round fruit, like apples and oranges, based on its size. She said that a good portioned apple or an orange should be the size of a baseball and that will be about 100 calories.
Today Show: Plan Three Meals A Day
Madelyn recommended planning three meals each day, eating less often and not grazing between meals. She suggested building a treat into your daily eating, so pick your favorite guilty pleasure, whether it be wine, a frozen dessert, candy, or a salty snack, and put it into your daily diet as a reward. She also said that it is important to eat protein 3-4 times each day. For protein, she recommended meat, nuts, milk, eggs, and fish. Madelyn said that you should choose smart carbs that are high in fiber and low in sugar, like fruits, vegetables, skinny bread, a half a cup of rice, or quinoa.
Kathie Lee & Hoda: Move More, Sit Less
Madelyn said that to maintain your weight loss, you need to distract yourself from previous bad eating habits. She suggested using low-calorie sweeteners in your water, or chewing gum, so you can taste something but not splurge on calories. She also said to “move more, sit less.” She suggested doing cardio, strength training, yoga, and getting good rest.