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5 Ways to Set Yourself Up for Weight Loss Success in 2010

Happy New Year! Vowing to eat healthier and shed some holiday pounds is a popular plan this month, but about 30 percent of those who make resolutions say they fall by the wayside by February, and just 1 in 5 are still on track by mid year. If your goal is to transform your eating habits and slim down, here are 5 tips to optimize your chances of success and prevent backtracking: 

1. Make a list of quick and healthy “go to” meals and keep the staples on hand. If you’re busy, tired and still have to figure out what to make for dinner and shop for the ingredients, you’ll probably be ditching your “diet” in no time. Find a few quick fix meals that use ingredients you can stock up on that won't go bad, like a stir fry made from frozen Oriental vegetables, frozen shrimp or edamame, peanut oil and instant brown rice.  

2. Select a sane eating plan. If you decide to go on a formal diet, ask yourself this question, “Can I honestly imagine myself sticking to this for at least 30 days?” If the answer is no, you may end up rebound overeating once you go off the plan, which means that even if it works, you’ll gain back all the weight you lost plus more. Think about your personal track record. If a previous diet wasn’t successful, what was the reason – was it too strict, too time consuming, too complicated? Choosing a diet that’s similar to one that didn’t work for you before is a lot like dating a guy who reminds you of your ex boyfriend – and not in a good way! 

3. Recruit a healthy eating buddy at the office. It can give you both the accountability and support you need to stay on track. You and your buddy can swap recipes, eat lunch and snacks together and carve out part of your break for a brisk walk. Even 15 minutes at a fast pace burns an extra 85 calories – that snowballs into 1,700 a month and 20,400 a year!

4. Re-organize your cupboards. If you’re married or live with someone, create separate food spaces (like his and hers cupboards or drawers). Out of sight, out of mind goes a long way for preventing temptations - if his cookies are the first thing you see when you open the cabinet, chances are you’ll be the one polishing them off. Men and women nearly always separate their bathroom toiletries; doing the same in the kitchen just makes sense. 

5. Create incentives you care about. Rewarding yourself for staying on track can really help – IF the fruits of your labor are truly motivating and won’t break the bank, like a chair massage, a pedicure or even a movie matinee. Just be sure to choose things you feel comfortable not giving into if you don’t meet your goal – if you’re going to get a manicure either way, don’t make it a reward.

How can I help you meet your goals and stay on track this year? Please let me know what kinds of tips and resources you’d like me to post. Here's to a happy, healthy, successful 2010!


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