5 little things add up to a healthier you

Not every step you take toward wellness and better eating habits needs to be a giant step. There are a lot os small things that can help.

That extra weight you are carrying didn’t all go on at once. It won’t come off that way either.

These five tips may seem modest, but they can help you reach toward your goal.

1. After breakfast, drink just water. Have orange juice at breakfast, but after that, pound down plenty of water instead of more juice or soda.  Studies show the average American consumes an extra 245 calories a day from soft drinks. That’s about 90,000 calories a year, which adds up to 25 pounds.

2. Watch one less hour of TV or one less video on Netflix. A recent study of college students found the more they watched television, the more often they ate and the more they ate overall. Skip one program or video — one of the lame ones or a rerun — takes brisk walk instead.

3. Throw out your “fat” clothes. Once you’ve started losing weight, throw out or give away or sell on eBay every piece of clothing that no longer fits. If you backslide, you are faced with having to buy new clothes … larger ones again.

4. Think small, and not just about your desired waist size. When eating out or grabbing lunch on the go, get the 6-inch sub instead of the one large enough to feed three people. Buy a small popcorn, a small salad, a small hamburger. As Americans, we’re conditioned that “bigger is better.” Not so. Especially when it comes to your pants.

5. Change what sort of milk you drink. If you drink regular whole milk, switch to 2 percent. If you already drink 2 percent, drop to skim. Each step downward cuts the calories by about 20 percent.