Subtitle: No, dont change the channel this isnt a ‘diet pitch.’
Vtrim Online is a behavioral weight loss program run by the University of Vermont (Im a sucker for things tied to institutions of higher learning. I cant help it.).
It’s an educational, interactive experience that gives users the tools to achieve a sustainable lifestyle change.
Vtrim gathers groups (no more than 20) for weekly online classes led by a health professional with an advanced degree.
In class (24 week duration) & with a food journal, participants develop awareness of what they’re consuming and learn new behaviors toward food (and you KNOW I think it’s all about finding new behaviors & discovering new perspectives/approaches to food).
Vtrim also incorporates exercise goals which are not typically the focal point of other weight loss programs.
Have I tried it? No.
Does it follow my belief system? Fo’ shizzle.
Would I give pretty much anything a shot fer free? Hell to the YEAH!
(link to their free trial below…)
Five Healthy Eating Tips from Vtrim
Looking to start eating healthy to shape up this summer? Heather Leonard, registered dietitian and Director of Online Instruction at Vtrim®, has five tips to get you on your way to eating smart. Vtrim is a research-based online behavioral weight loss program developed at the University of Vermont.
Heather manages Vtrim’s team of Certified Facilitators, the “virtual health coaches” that Vtrim participants work with to achieve weight loss goals over the course of the 24-week program. The Vtrim team maintains that you shouldn’t deprive yourself to slim down! These tips are a guide to enjoy food in a health-conscious way.
Start the Day Right.
For breakfast, mix berries into your cereal or yogurt, or into your waffle or pancake batter right before cooking, to sneak another fruit serving into your day. Take the fat out of your morning coffee by switching to fat-free or 1 percent milk, or fat-free creamer to cut out a few extra calories and fat grams. Just that one change could save you 5 or more pounds over the course of a year.
Add Protein and Fiber To Your Lunch.
If you’re packing a sandwich for lunch, use hummus or tahini as a spread instead of mayo. You’ll save on fat grams and get more fiber and protein. Top your salads with a few ounces of lean turkey or ham, or a sprinkling of nuts for more staying power into the afternoon.
Plan Your Dinners.
When you’re grocery shopping, prepare a list and make sure that you gather ingredients to make healthy dinners at home. Make dishes that will provide a few extra servings so you can wrap them up for lunch later in the week. Keep your kitchen stocked with staple ingredients that can be used to make a variety of quick dishes.
Enjoy Sweet Snacks.
You’ll enjoy your summer more if you can enjoy the foods you love. Don’t ban sweet treats from your eating plan. Instead, plan to eat them wisely. A small portion of dark chocolate, a fruit sorbet, or even better, fresh fruit, are great choices when you want a treat. Take advantage of the growing season to sweeten your day with berries, melons, peaches, or other delicious fruit.
Avoid Portion Distortion.
It’s easy to eat more than one serving and suffer from portion distortion. How to combat it? The first step is to read labels for serving size information. At home, use smaller plates and utensils. Proper portions will look right-sized on a salad or dessert plate; a smaller spoon or fork will slow down your eating.
Want more advice from Vtrim’s knowledgeable team? Vtrim is now offering a free two-week trial period. Click on this link to sign up!
The Vtrim online environment provides the education, facilitator support and peer-to-peer interaction that will provide the most effective results for better health. Vtrim participants have access to an online food journal, virtual pantry, weekly lessons, a bulletin board, personal blogs, and live chat.
With Vtrim, not only will you learn those keys about behavior changes, you’ll have the support you need as you create healthier habits in your life.