Get in better shape without dieting
If your New Year's resolution was to get fit and you're struggling, then you may be trying too hard. Experts say you can lose weight without going on a diet.
You probably already know that just exercising at the gym isn't enough to lose weight.
"You can work out as much as you want, but if you don't eat right your results won't be what you want them to be," said mother Natalie Cannady.
Cannady runs a hospital fitness center but still finds it hard to get the diet part right for herself.
"My six-year-old daughter Kendall she is a snack machine," Cannady said.
Tonya Johnson is the director of nutritional services at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. She's also a mom who makes healthy eating a priority in her own home.
"I'm the fruit lady - the crazy fruit lady at the ballpark. My kids don't eat nachos," Johnson said.
Johnson said following these four rules can make losing weight and getting well easier than you might think.
Number one - avoid diets and diet products.
"No matter what pill they want you to take or what drink they want you to drink, you're restricting your calories and increasing your exercise so you can do that on your own without a pill without a product," she said.
Second - focus is on portion control.
"Get a smaller plate, eat smaller portions. That's gonna help with long-term weight loss," she said.
Third - only keep healthy foods at home like low-fat yogurt, lean protein, fresh fruits, and vegetables.
"Then when you get hungry, instead of grabbing the bag of chips or the cookies you're gonna grab what's in your house and that's gonna be a healthier item then when you get hungry instead of grabbing the bag of chips or the cookies you're gonna grab what's in your house and that's gonna be a healthier item," she said.
Lastly - Johnson said the key to it all is making your own meals.
"A lot of our food dollars are spent eating out when really we could eat healthier at home for a lot less money if we planned ahead," she said.
So far for Natalie, it's been an easy transition and one she's confident her family will be able to follow through with the lifestyle for a lifetime.