A low-fiber diet is best for a short period of time. It can be challenging to get all the nutrients you need on this diet, so people should only use a low-fiber diet when they are in a flare-up, says Sally Suen, a registered dietician with the Cambridge Health Alliance in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After you begin to feel better, you should slowly return to normal eating patterns. "When patients are healthy, they should eat fruits and vegetables and if they are having carbs, they should eat whole grains and wheats," she says.
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In the past, I lost weight by being super strict with myself during my "diet" phase, but when I reached my goal weight, I fell back into my old ways and gained the pounds right back. When I finally decided to lose weight once and for all, I knew I didn't want to torture myself with restrictive dieting, obsessive calorie counting, and constant hunger. I wanted to shed pounds (for good) by adopting healthy eating and exercise habits that were balanced and livable, so I started to make small changes to my current lifestyle. Those little things eventually added up and helped me lose the weight and maintain it for nearly eight years now. A key component to my success was finding everyday ways to keep my weight in check. View this slideshow to learn 15 little ways you can stay trim, too.

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