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How NOT to go on a DIET

Before you start the latest fad diet, consider this: “Diets don’t work, but lifestyle changes do.” Most people who go on a diet eventually go off it, which means the plan was not sustainable. Repeated dieting also may lead to the yo–yo effect of weight going up and down, making it harder to reach your ultimate healthy weight.

It’s time for a new approach. By eating nutritiously, getting more exercise, and reducing stress, you can slowly improve your overall health with no fads or gimmicks.

Try these 5 steps:

  1. Think beyond a number on the scale. Make weight loss a bonus, not the sole objective. Your goal maybe to lower your cholesterol levels or feel more energetic.
  2. Identify your obstacles. Do you eat when you’re stressed? Do you use food as a reward after exercise? Track what you eat and how you feel at the time. Look for patterns.
  3. Try one change per week and stick to it; then add another. For example, swap soft drinks for water one week, and add an extra serving of vegetables the next.
  4. Practice patience. You didn’t get here overnight, and change won’t happen overnight either.
  5. Don’t go it alone. Dietitians, psychologists, and trainers can help you make a plan you can use for life. If they promise a quick fix, seek a different practitioner.
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