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What are some small goals I can set for myself to lose weight?

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  • Add one more day of exercise to your week, and stick with it for a month.
  • Add one more glass of water to your day over the course of a week; it will help you feel fuller.
  • Go to bed 5 minutes early every day for a week until you're hitting the sack about 8 hours before you have to wake.

Celebrate each time you meet a small goal. Treat yourself to something small (like downloading a new song) that’s not about food.

SOURCES:

Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, policy analyst, Beach Cities Health District, Hermosa Beach, CA; spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Center for Health and Nutrition: "Realistic Expectations for Weight Loss."

Weight Watchers: "How to Make Exercise a Habit."

Canadian Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Dialogue. Give Yourself a Good Talking-To."

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Self-Help Resources: "About Automatic Thoughts," "Thought Record Sheet."

Tap Into EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique): "EFT Procrastination and Self Sabotage Help."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 24, 2018

SOURCES:

Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, policy analyst, Beach Cities Health District, Hermosa Beach, CA; spokeswoman, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Center for Health and Nutrition: "Realistic Expectations for Weight Loss."

Weight Watchers: "How to Make Exercise a Habit."

Canadian Diabetes Association: "Diabetes Dialogue. Give Yourself a Good Talking-To."

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Self-Help Resources: "About Automatic Thoughts," "Thought Record Sheet."

Tap Into EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique): "EFT Procrastination and Self Sabotage Help."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on January 24, 2018

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