7 Diet Tips That Really Work
Try these creative weight loss tips to make dieting easier — and more successful
Then give your diet some help by making it easy to exercise. Gregory Florez
is founder and CEO of FitAdvisor.com, a top-rated fitness training service. He
says two things you can do to avoid becoming a couch potato is to clear off the
clutter hanging on your treadmill and then pull other fitness gear out into the
open where you can see it.
Weight Loss Tip #3: Set up a support network.
Studies show that social support is crucial - especially for women, says
health psychologist Bess Marcus, PhD, professor of psychiatry and human
behavior at Brown University Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island. You
can help yourself by finding at least one person who believes in you and your
ability to succeed at your weight loss goals. "Line up a friend to walk
with you, watch your kids so you can work out, or even just call to check in on
how you're doing," says Marcus.
If you want to be social and in good shape, make a date with a friend
for twice-weekly workouts. If exercise includes social time, you're more likely
to look forward to lacing up your sneakers. Sports medicine researchers at
Indiana University found that working out with a partner is the best predictor
of exercise satisfaction, and a partner can help you stick with your routine.
For even more motivation, sign up for a team sport like soccer, volleyball, or
Ultimate Frisbee. Then you'll have a crowd of people depending on you.
Weight Loss Tip #4: Set realistic goals.
If you've been inactive for months (or even years), don't immediately plan
to work out every day. "Appraise your life," Marcus says, "and then
make some strategic changes that you can realistically achieve." And don't
be afraid to start small, especially with weight loss goals.
Beck recommends setting goals that are so easy they're almost laughable.
Take your list of daily goals, she says, such as "Eat 5 servings of veggies
a day" or "Snack only once between meals," and cut each one in
half. Aim for 2.5 servings of vegetables. Cut down your snacks to 2 per