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Dietitian says new health routines require planning

Apr 15, 2014 - By Kelli Ameling, Staff Writer

When it comes to finding the perfect diet to help shed winter weight, dietitian Susan Kreager said the best way to begin is to start planning ahead.

Kreager is a dietitian for the Wyoming Life Resource Center. She said people starting diets should get rid of the unhealthy, "bad stuff" and replace it with healthy items that will help keep them on track.

However, when planning what to buy and eat, she said people should have a realistic goal in mind, such as shedding 1 to 2 pounds a week.

One particular diet might work for some people, but a person will not know for sure what diet works best for them until they try it.

"There are lots of ways to do it," Kreager said. "Doing a diet that has worked in the past while planning out meals is a good way to start."

One important thing for people to keep in mind while starting a diet is that making a mistake is not the end of the world, Kreager said.

"People are not always realistic," she explained. "Some people have an all-or-nothing mentality, but little slip ups are part of it -- it's a journey."

Kreager said to "know yourself" and have a strategy in place for how to deal with slip ups and prevent gaining back lost weight.

"It's a lifestyle change," Kreager said.

When starting a diet, Kreager said people should know they are not alone and many people are going through the same challenges as them.

"Be gentle (to yourself)," Kreager said.