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small-changes-for-weight-lossWith health and fitness being priorities for many at the beginning of the year, we are all looking for small things to live better and lose holiday pounds fast. Elyse Wagner (a holistic nutritionist) and Amari Thomsen (a registered dietitian) share their thoughts on helping you make small changes for big results. Here are these nutrition experts discussing what they would put on their plate to lose post-holiday pounds.

Amari's Advice

"Eat more colors. Challenge yourself to have three colors on your plate at each meal (white and brown don’t count). The more colors on your plate, the more nutritious your meal will be and the more variety of vitamins and minerals you will have."

Elyse's Advice

"Start to cultivate more awareness around food choices, especially choosing more vegetables. Aim to have about 80 percent of your plate full of vegetables, while the other part is full of whole grains, starchy vegetables, or lean protein."

About the Experts

Amari-expert-photo-FINALAmari Thomsen is a registered dietitian, blogger, and owner of Eat Chic Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology. Later, she completed her nutrition education at the University of Illinois at Chicago with a master’s degree in nutrition science. After starting her blog back in 2009, Amari has since expanded her career by developing her own nutrition private practice, Eat Chic Chicago. With previous experience as a nutrition coach for Lifetime Fitness and as a Healthy Eating Specialist for Whole Foods Market, Amari is focused on integrating modern and traditional techniques to promote real food nutrition. Find Amari at Eat Chic Chicago.



Elyse-expert-photo-FINALElyse Wagner is a holistic nutritionist and health psychology expert who helps women of all sizes stop food guilt, body shame, and emotional eating. She helps create peace with their body and build a better relationship with food as they finally give themselves permission to feel fabulous! After being taunted as "Obese Elyse", she has now found peace within her body and helps others do the same through her virtual private one-on-one group coaching programs. Join the conversation and get Elyse’s bites of wisdom through her award winning ETV! episodes and delicious whole foods recipes at My Kitchen Shrink.



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