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Get Cooking and Start Losing

For those who are trying to lose weight, there is exciting news. A recent study published in Public Health Nutrition Journal suggests that people who cook at home most of the time consume generally healthier meals with around 200 fewer calories daily, and only 16 grams of sugar (4 teaspoons), which is much less than the 22 teaspoons per day consumed by the average adult. This means that most people should be able to drop some pounds without going on another rigid and ineffective diet—all it takes is to get in the habit of home cooking more often.

While it can be a challenge for many people to cook at home daily, the good news of the study was that cooking at home just 2 to 3 days per week was associated with decreased calorie consumption and improved diet quality, including less sugar, fat and salt. Many people need to overcome real barriers of regular home cooking, such as having a lack of time or cooking skills. For those who don’t normally cook, it’s best to start gradually. Make it a goal to cook a meal once a week and work up to cooking more often.

Jane Grant is a registered dietician, a certified health coach, and owner of Grant’s Nutrition and Wellness. For more information, call 860-357-2282.

 

 

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