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Sinclair Cares: Your diet is key to healthier lifestyle

If you made it your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and get fit but you're struggling on a diet plan, you may be trying too hard.

If you made it your New Year’s resolution to eat healthier and get fit but you're struggling on a diet plan, you may be trying too hard.

Working in partnership with our parent company Sinclair Broadcast Group, we want to keep you informed about important health matters.

Here are ways nutrition experts say you can get in better shape without going on a diet.

Natalie Cannady runs a hospital fitness center, but still finds it hard to get the diet part right for herself and her family. She says her 6-year-old daughter Kendall is a snack machine.

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,” she said. “My kids don't eat nachos.”

Johnson says following these four rules can make losing weight and getting well easier than you might think.

No. 1 on the list 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 on portion control.

“Get a smaller plate, eat smaller portions,” she said. “That's gonna help with long term weight loss.

Third, only keep healthy foods at home like low-fat yogurt, lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables.

“And 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,” Johnson said.

And lastly, Johnson says 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.

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