You bust your butt in the gym – and it’s working. You lose weight, drop a few inches, and are feeling good. Then, suddenly, you stop seeing results. The plateau phase of any fat-loss program may be normal, but it can be frustrating. Fortunately, a little change in your diet can get you back on track: Simply stop eating foods from a bag or a box and start eating more fruits and vegetables.

Now I don’t expect you to wake up tomorrow and completely change your eating habits. That wouldn’t be realistic. It’s best to make little changes every day. Start, today, with one new item from the produce aisle to help control your appetite, regulate your blood sugar, and burn body fat.

If you want to lose fat, live longer and healthier, and have more mental and physical energy to get through the day, you need to put premium fuel in your body’s engine. Not grease. Not sugar. Not quick fixes. You have to plan ahead. But don’t worry, it doesn’t take much time.

Combine more fruits and veggies with short, convenient strength- and interval-training workouts and you’ll feel (and look) like a million bucks.

[Ed. Note: You can lose your excess weight – just by making a few simple diet and exercise changes. Learn how to boost your metabolism, increase your fat loss, and burn belly fat right here.

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Craig Ballantyne

Craig Ballantyne is the author of The Perfect Day Formula: How to Own the Day and Control Your Life. Craig has been a contributor to Men’s Health magazine for over 17 years. Today he teaches his gift high-performing entrepreneurs how to squeeze more out of their days, increase their income, and make more quality time for their families in his Perfect Life Workshop and Work-Life Mastery programs. Craig used his own advice to overcome crippling anxiety attacks in 2006, and he’ll teach you his 5 Pillars of Success so you can increase your income, decrease your work time, and live the life of your dreams. Learn more about Craig at craigballantyne.com