Cheater's Guide to Healthy Living

If you know the recommendations but can't find time to follow them, this 'Cheater's Guide' is for you

By Sherry Rauh
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic - Feature

Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD

Eat more vegetables, exercise almost every day, and don't forget the sunscreen. If you know the recommendations but can't find time to follow them, this "Cheater's Guide" is for you.

Cheater's Guide to Healthy Living

WebMD compiled the following guidelines and shortcuts based on input from leaders in the fields of nutrition, dentistry, dermatology, mental health and physical fitness.

Guidelines Shortcuts
Nutrition
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Limit saturated fats, trans fats (also called hydrogenated fats), cholesterol, and salt
  • Try fruit smoothies, V8 and drinkable vegetable soups; add dried fruit to cereal or trail mix
  • If you're hooked on fast food, choose a side salad, fruit cup, or yogurt instead of a side of fries
Oral Hygiene
  • Brush and floss your teeth every day
  • Sorry, no shortcut for brushing and flossing
Skin Care
  • Apply sunscreen with SPF 30 year-round
  • Look for moisturizers and makeup that contain sunscreen
Mental Health
  • Read the local paper; play video games
  • Practice "belly breathing" for one minute at a time; make the most of relaxing activities you already do -- listening to music, walking, stretching
Physical Fitness
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes on most days
  • Exercise for 15 minutes twice each day or 10 minutes three times each day
  • Sneak in exercise during ordinary activities -- take the stairs at work, carry your own groceries, lift weights during the nightly news