Of all the questions I have gotten in my career as a fitness professional, weight loss is the most common. Losing weight can help prevent a number of serious health problems, including but not limited to: hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, high triglycerides, and arteriosclerosis. I want to open this column and this group of articles on nutrition by stating that there is no quick fix. Products that state you will lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time are dangerous. Not only does it put undue stress on your body, but you usually gain the weight back and then some.

I do feel that there are actions that can be taken to greatly increase your chances of losing weight. One of the best ones is to buy the right foods. Filling your kitchen with nutritious foods will limit problematic eating. If you are someone who snacks throughout the day, then your choices will be much healthier. Also, when you go to cook, fresh ingredients are a must.

When you are at the grocery store, Be sure to take the time to read the food labels and compare products. You may be surprised that what you have been buying isn’t so good for you. Or maybe there is just a better option on the shelf above.

I have linked an article from “Parent” magazine about the foods that should be in every kitchen. Check your fridge and pantry for these items. Like I said, this is the easiest way to lose weight. Remember, you can’t eat bad food if it isn’t available.