Top 12 Healthy Weight Loss Tips From Real Women
Healthy Weight Loss Tip: Set Small, Incremental Goals
Create mini milestones you can achieve and celebrate along the way by breaking your healthy weight loss goal into 10-pound blocks.
—Sherrill S. Lewis; pounds lost: 102
Don't Let Yourself Feel Deprived
For continued weight loss success, treat yourself to a small portion of something sweet each day so you won't crave it and binge later.
—Kristen Taylor; pounds lost: 70
Healthy Weight Loss Tip: Downsize Dinner Portions
Go plate shopping! Downsize your dinner by eating off a smaller dish
—Jessica Haber; pounds lost: 40
Healthy Weight Loss Tip: Seek Online Support
Get the motivation you need to keep going on the Internet. You can find 24/7 support with an online healthy weight loss group.
—Kathy Rohr-Ninmer; pounds lost: 60
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Healthy Weight Loss Tip: Give Yourself Incentives
Create rules and rewards for weight loss success. Pay yourself a dollar for each pound lost, then use the money to treat yourself to a new sweater or spa treatment.
—Margaret McHalsky; pounds lost: 45
Healthy Weight Loss Tip: Find a Community of Like-Minded People
Join a weight loss support group. If you're struggling with emotional eating, seek a program that offers stress-management techniques like meditating or journaling.
—Lorna Bennett; pounds lost: 93
Check this out: Many employers now sponsor health events. If yours doesn't, gather 3-4 people and learn about healthy weight loss by visiting a Weight Watchers
Healthy Weight Loss Tip: Go With a Pro (And Some Friends)
Look for an affordable personal trainer. Hire one with a group of friends and split the cost—you'll save money and learn how to burn more calories from a pro.
—Anna Young; pounds lost: 45
Check this out: Get the most out of your workout by asking yourself these four questions about your trainer
Healthy Weight Loss Tip: Count Calories
Know the calorie counts of your favorite meals, snacks and drinks. Resolve to make your daily calorie intake a healthy 1,500.
—Janet Jacobson; pounds lost: 277
Check this out: Confused about calories—how to count them, how to cut them? Get the basics you need to know here
Healthy Weight Loss Tip: No Dinner-Prep Noshing
If you taste food while making dinner, you can take in a huge amount of calories without realizing it; wait until you sit down to eat.
—Marlene Conner; pounds lost: 77
Healthy Weight Loss Tip: Go Global
Find a lowfat meal you enjoy in every type of cuisine—Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Italian—so you can still have fun eating out with friends.
—Alisa Khaitan; pounds lost: 38
Check this out: Get more healthy variety when you cook at home too by trying different ethnic cuisines with Shape's recipe finder
Healthy Weight Loss Tip: Change With The Seasons.
Snowshoe in the winter, swim in the summer and bike in the spring. Different workouts will keep you challenged.
—Gretchen Meier; pounds lost: 115
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with different kinds of exercise.