8 Steps to a Healthier Attitude
Want a healthier lifestyle? Start by changing your thinking
But when you're just starting out, how do you get the attitude you need to succeed? Wicks, Moores, and Wansink offer some suggestions: continued...
4. Keep up with your journal. You already know
that keeping track of your food intake and physical activity can help set you
on the road to healthier habits. But you can also use your journal to help you
adopt a healthier attitude. Use the "Notes" section of your journal to
keep track of the ups and downs of how you're feeling.
"Consider ways to learn from the valleys in order to achieve more
peaks," says Moores.
5. Learn from others. "Find others who have
been successful," says Moores. "Talk with them about the pitfalls and
how they mustered the willpower to carry on." You can find such role models
on the Weight Loss Clinic's community message boards. Visit The
New You: Maintenance board to talk to people who have met their weight loss
6. Bring in the cavalry. "Meet with a
dietitian when the going gets tough," says Moores. "Bring in the
cavalry to help get you over the hump." WebMD Weight Loss Clinic dietitian
Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, is always just an email away on our Ask the Dietitian
7. When faced with temptation, take a break.
"Give yourself a break so your attitude can take hold in those tempting
moments," says Wansink. "If you're out with your friends and they just
ordered fried mozzarella sticks -- something very tempting -- it's your
attitude that keeps you from saying, 'What the heck?'
"So give yourself a break. Put a physical, distracting distance between
you and the food -- go to the bathroom, put on lipstick -- anything that gives
you time to grab on to that attitude."
8. Never, never give up. "Adopting a whole new
attitude is not something that goes away," says Wicks. "With losing
weight, once you lose it, that's not the end, you can easily gain it back plus
more. So you always have to keep your attitude and your braveness."
Originally published August 14, 2004
Medically updated July 26, 2005.