10 Tips to Avoid Weight-Loss Pitfalls
by Joy Weisner, registered dietitian
at Granville Health System
If you started 2011 with some extra pounds, you’re not alone. Here are some tips to avoid the 10 biggest mistakes of those trying to lose weight:
- Set realistic goals. Break your efforts into manageable steps and concentrate on changing habits.
- Follow a sensible eating plan. A good place to start is the FDA’s MyPyramid at www.MyPyramid.gov.
- Get a move on. The MyPyramid plan recommends that adults engage in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity each day to maintain a healthy weight.
- Don’t lose patience. The safest and longest-lasting weight loss is achieved at the rate of 1 to 1 ½ pounds per week.
- Fight boredom with food variety. Go for flavor with spices. Tantalize your taste buds with garlic and onions. Try salsa on baked potatoes in place of sour cream.
- Don’t classify some foods as forbidden. Deprivation leads to obsession. Just remember, the key words are moderation and variety.
- Recognize emotional triggers that make you want to find solace in food. Find nonfood ways to sooth your emotions.
- Celebrate! But don’t make food the reward. Plan rewards for weight maintenance as well as weight loss.
- Commit for your sake. Don’t diet for the approval of others.
- Remember that everything wonderful about you exists no matter what size you are.