Local dietitian shares tips for cleaning up your diet this year

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – With many weight loss methods available, a local dietitian shares the importance of diet for shedding pounds and improving overall health.

"Diet tends to be a big new year’s resolution. Losing weight is probably the number one thing," says Susan Kasik-Miller, registered dietitian at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire.

Kasik-Miller says losing weight is largely dependent on what you feed your body each day. Rather than focusing on weight loss, she suggests a focus on eating better and making healthier choices that promote overall wellness.

With many dieting options available she says there are two in particular that come highly recommended by dietitians because they carry great results. "The DASH diet which is a dietary approach to stop hypertension.” She also says the Mediterranean Diet is another popular method with great benefits. Both of these diets put emphasis on plant based foods, which
increase intake of fruits and vegetables, promote low-calorie foods, give you more fiber, and make you feel full longer.

For meat eaters, she suggests focusing on lean meats and smaller portions. When it comes to dieting, health professionals say many people choose to cut food groups completely to shed the pounds, however that’s not suggested.

"Any diet that eliminates complete food groups is not a good idea. You probably like that food group and you're going to miss it and it leads you to the point where i really miss it and you’re going to over-indulge," says Kasik-Miller.

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