Expert Diet Tip No. 3: Don't Give Up Your Favorite Foods.
If you allow yourself occasional indulgences, you are less likely to feel deprived -- and more likely to stick with your diet.
Studies show that people who eat the healthiest overall are those who allow themselves some indulgences, says Dean Ornish, MD, author of The Spectrum and founder of the nonprofit Preventive Medicine Research Institute in Sausalito, Calif.,
"What matters most is your overall way of eating and living," Ornish says.
So go ahead and enjoy your favorite foods -- but do it in moderation, keeping an eye on portion size. And if you overindulge one day, just eat more healthfully the next day.
Expert Diet Tip No. 4: Avoid Late-Night Feasting.
" Late-night feasting is the Achilles heel for dieters and it often happens because workouts push back mealtimes," Peeke says.
So, 30-60 minutes before your early evening workout, have a healthy snack that will give you energy and keep you from being ravenous when you get home. Think fruit or veggies plus lean protein, like a fruit smoothie with protein powder
And, don't overdo a late dinner. "The later the time, the lighter your meal needs to be, especially if you are over age 40," says Peeke, author of Fight Fat After Forty. She suggests leaving an hour to an hour and a half after finishing your meal before going to bed to allow for proper digestion.
Expert Diet Tip No. 5: Weigh In Regularly.
Successful losers check the scale regularly to stay focused on weight control, says, James Hill, PhD, director of the University of Colorado's Center for Human Nutrition and co-founder of the National Weight Control Registry. Relying on the fit of your favorite jeans just isn't as accurate.
"Most dieters have a range of acceptable weights, and by weighing in once a week or more often they can make adjustments to their food intake and/or physical activity to counter weight creep," he says.
Weigh in first thing in the morning, after emptying your bladder, to help motivate yourself to stay on track