Dr. Michael Roizen answered:
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.Find out more about this book: YOU: The Owner's Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy LifeHere 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... More
James Conroy - NASM Elite Trainer answered:
In general, to lose weight you need to eat less and move more so that you burn more calories than you take in. So to best answer such a broad question I am going to offer some universal weight loss principles that you can take action on immediately.
1- Patience- You need to be patient, the weight did not come on overnight, and therefore, it will not go away overnight.
2-Consistency- Always be consistent! Do not have a day where your work out was great and you ate well and then have the next day be no workout and terrible food choices. To lose a lot of weight you need to take action every day.
3- Get the best information- If you are here on Sharecare then you have nothing to worry about. Our goal is to provide you with the best exercise, nutrition and weight loss advice. So please let us help you.
4-Take action! Do not sit and wait for success to come to you. Walk more, drive less, do your resistance training, get your cardio in, drink plenty of water, eat healthy meals, log all your workout and meals, use a schedule book to remain disciplined, etc. Always remember to take action every day, every time!
Actions that lead to success include the following but are not limited to…
1. Walk more, drive less.
2. Add resistance training to your weight loss plan. More muscle = higher metabolism!
3. Reduce your stress.
There are many studies providing evidence that link stress to weight gain.
4. Drink plenty of water and don't drink your calories (soda and coffee).
5. Read a chapter everyday from a book that inspires you and moves you to action. 6. Always eat a healthy breakfast. NEVER SKIP BREAKFAST!
7. Have healthy snacks on hand.
8. Use a schedule book. Trust me this works!
Make a schedule everyday and stick to it.
Schedule workouts, healthy meals, and reading alongside work and responsibilities.
9. Eliminate store bought foods that you can prep yourself and eat healthier.
You will be shocked how good they taste when fresh (salsa, soup, salad dressing, Etc) 10. Walk 30-60 minutes every day. It does not have to be done all at once but make sure your 10-20 minutes of walking here and there adds up to 30-60 minutes total for the day.In general, to lose weight you need to eat less and move more so that you burn more calories than you take in. So to best answer such a broad question I am going to offer some universal weight loss principles that you can take action on immediately.... More