The ABCs of Weight Loss
We've got 26 tips to help you succeed.
Key to an effective exercise
plan is variety. Try something new -- maybe Pilates, yoga, or water
aerobics. Having fun and trying new things will keep you interested and enhance
your commitment to exercise. Another key: starting your day with activity is
one of the best ways to make sure it does not get squeezed out of your
Low blood sugar is often the cause of between-meal
cravings, especially for sweets. Eating meals and small snacks that contain
lean protein and fiber every few hours helps keep blood sugar levels steady.
When sweets cravings strike, try to satisfy them with naturally sweet foods
such as fruit (accompany it with a little low-fat yogurt for protein).
Mindful eating means taking time to savor every bite. Turn
off the distractions, and concentrate on the aroma, texture, and flavor of
food. Becoming more mindful when you eat will give you more pleasure from your
meals. The bonus: You'll also be more in tuned with your body's signals of
fullness, and you'll be less likely to overeat.
Nighttime snacking, for most of us, is a habit that can
undermine weight loss success. That's because the calories we eat after dinner
tend to be empty ones, from chips, cookies, etc. Brushing your teeth after
supper will help you make dinner the last meal of the day. If you need a little
something at night, try to satisfy the urge with few calories -- have a stick
of gum, one piece of hard candy, or a cup of hot tea).
One more scoop, one more cookie, one more glass of wine --
"just one more" can add lots of extra calories. Controlling portions is
fundamental to weight loss success. You don't need to give up your favorite
foods, but you do need to keep track of your portions. At home, use smaller
plates and keep food at the stove instead of on the table at mealtime. When you
go out to eat, order a soup and a salad instead of an entrée, or take home half
your meal in a doggie bag.