Five Simple Tips for Achieving a Healthy Weight

Being "healthy" is way more than a number on a bathroom scale. Feeling good, eating good, moving your body, getting enough sleep and even calling your mom more often can all part of your personal health living equation.

As a wholesome, minimally-processed snack, Fresh Bar fits right in with most any healthy lifestyle goals. In that salubrious spirit, here are five simple tips to achieve a good balance with that scale number we mentioned a little earlier. It's not everything, but you'd be surprised at how a few small changes can make a big difference.

1. Don't drink your calories. Replacing artificial sugar-filled beverages like juices, soda, and designer coffees with water instantly eliminates hundreds of empty calories from your diet each and every day.

2. Exercise. The effects of habitual exercise are better than those from any "miracle" drug out there. One of the best benefits is that it helps to regulate appetite.

3. Shop purposefully. You can't eat what you don't buy. When you visit the grocery store, have a plan! Think about what meals and snacks you'll eat over the next week and purchase food accordingly. Avoid sugary and fattening snacks low in fiber, as these foods trigger the release of pleasure hormones in the body that lead to overeating.

4. Eat at home. Generally, a home-cooked meal is preferable to one from a restaurant. Restaurants deliver large, fat-laden portions to drive up their revenue and satisfy customers. At home, you can directly control your portion size and load your meals up with fruits and vegetables.

5. Forget the miracle diet. Members of Cornell's Global Healthy Weight Registry have maintained a healthy weight for their entire lives, and a recent study revealed a couple of their big "secrets." Perhaps the most intriguing: many don't maintain a strict diet. As reported in The Atlantic:

"Brian Wansink, director of the Food and Brand Lab, chalks it up to the fact that many of the registrants used “non-restrictive” strategies, like listening to hunger cues, cooking at home rather than eating out, and eating quality, non-processed foods."

Now go call your mom!