- Take things
gradually. Trying to change too
much at once can be overwhelming
and may lessen your chances at
success. Pick a couple of things
to change, then work towards additional
changes gradually. Make a step-by-step
plan, perhaps even on a calendar.
- Some people find
it helpful to keep track of their
diet, setting goals and working
toward achievement. You can create
a "campaign-like" feeling
as you achieve your milestones.
Reward yourself as you reach these
milestones. Keeping a record of
your meals, snacks, etc. helps
to follow your progress.
- Find ways to incorporate
foods you like and eat out in
a healthy way.
- One of the
reasons some people give up their
diet is lack of support and encouragement.
Many people find it helpful to
begin a diet with someone else.
This can make it feel more like
fun, and less like punishment.
Calories add up whether
they come from fat or carbohydrates…
eating fat-free or reduced-fat foods
will only help you lose weight if
you limit the amount you eat.
So don't go eating twice as many
cookies as you normally would just
because they're labeled fat-free.
If you do, you could actually increase
your caloric intake, and may as
well have eaten the real thing.
- Grazing instead
of eating meals
- Skipping meals
- Supersizing portions
- Drinking soda
or juice with meals