Today’s hectic lifestyle has us rushing to meet both personal and professional demands, which, for many of us, has made fast food a regular part of our daily routine. When we’re not rushing to appointments, we’re spending sedentary hours at our computers. The combination has contributed to an obesity epidemic that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes as the number one health risk in America.

Stevia for Weight Control | SweetLeaf®

SweetLeaf Stevia® Sweetener assists in responsible weight loss by adding a touch of natural sweetness to foods and beverages so you can continue to enjoy a daily treat without compromising your weight-loss program or adding unwanted chemicals to your diet.

Being aware of what you are eating is the first step in any weight-loss program. The first change to your diet should be to include more whole foods and few, if any, processed foods. A successfully revised diet is a permanent lifestyle change, not a temporary adjustment. By developing a healthy relationship with food, you will be more likely to reach your ideal weight while maintaining the energy to exercise.

Reducing calorie intake requires maintaining nutritional balance. Adding healthy foods to your diet while limiting or eliminating other foods should be done with forethought, planning, and consulting your physician. Foods with a low glycemic response are healthier and make you feel fuller for a longer period of time. Research the foods that will benefit your personal goals and plan meals around those you prefer. Other healthy foods can be added as your program progresses or as your health-care professional advises.

Start working exercise into your daily routine. If it has been a while since you’ve exercised, begin slowly by walking for 30 minutes every day. Remember that drastically changing your diet while simultaneously starting an aggressive exercise routine can be self-defeating. Consistency and moderation will deliver optimum results.

Many foods contain hidden sugar or chemically constructed sweeteners, which can be found listed on product labels under names you may not recognize. Read labels to avoid hidden sugar and artificial sweeteners such as those listed below.

  • Granulated sugar
  • Confectioner’s sugar
  • Honey
  • Molasses
  • Maple syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Evaporated cane juice
  • Cane sugar
  • Turbinado sugar
  • Raw sugar
  • Beet sugar
  • Invert sugar
  • Sucrose
  • Fructose
  • Glucose
  • Dextrose
  • Galactose
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Sorbitol
  • Mannitol
  • Xylitol
  • Maltodextrin
  • Polydextrose
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Erythritol
  • Aspartame
  • Saccharin
  • Sucralose
  • Neotame
  • NutraSweet
  • AminoSweet
  • Splenda
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