Here are a couple of our favorite ways to lose weight:
Pick, stick, and automate. Yeah, sure, variety may be the spice of life, but it
can also be the death of healthy eating. When you have a lot of choices for a meal, it’s a lot easier to slip out of good eating habits and into fried-ham induced bad ones. One way to avoid excess fat intake is to eliminate choices for at least one meal a day. So find two or three healthy breakfasts that you like--say, oatmeal, cereal with low-fat milk, yogurt with fruit, all-natural peanut butter on 100 percent whole wheat bread--and stick to them every day. Every day. Yes, every day. When you make it an automatic choice, you won’t make errors in choosing something unhealthy.
Don’t surround yourself with eaters. Here’s a concept we’re betting you’ve
never heard quite this way: Obesity is an infectious disease. No, no, no, it’s not as if anyone’s going to sneeze cheeseburger bits into your arteries. Nevertheless, there is a major infectious component to obesity: It spreads through social networks. Just consider one study that shows that if one of two friends is obese, the other’s chance of becoming obese increases by 171 percent. That’s why it’s crucial to consider what and whom you surround yourself with. If you socialize with the every-day-is-a-reason-to-eat-lasagna crowd, chances are you’re going to be knee deep in ricotta without much chance of digging yourself out (except via fork). But if you surround yourself with a healthy set of friends, you’ll adopt healthier habits. Does that mean we suggest you ditch any overweight friends? Of course not. But it means be aware of your surroundings and try to make changes that can get you on track or support your own good health. The flip side is also true: If you surround yourself with peers dieting inappropriately, you are more likely to make bad choices.
Plan for hunger. Keep on hand emergency foods and items that can help you kill cravings, like V8 juice, carrot sticks, an apple, or even Listerine breath strips.
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