April 20th 2015 09:42
Make Weight-Loss Last
Desperately want to trim those love handles? Get tips from the experts on how to change your eating habits for safe and lasting weight loss.
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
Best way, to cut out the 5 food felons. Easiest way to find out about those is to log on and look at the “You: On a Diet” book or the cheat sheet relating to “You: On a Diet” and find out how to do that.
Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answered
To change your eating habits to lose weight, start small. Make a single manageable change and work to maintain it.
First, reflect on your overall eating habits. You may have some good ones, such as always eating breakfast. You may also have some habits that cause you to take in too many calories, such as always having a soft drink at lunch, snacking while watching television, eating unhealthy snacks at your job, or coming home hungry from work and eating too much before dinner.
Now, consider ways to change these habits. Say you overeat after work. To break this habit, you could stockpile some healthy snacks at home so you can curb your hunger before dinner. You may also want to consider planning in advance so you can have dinner ready faster.
Once you’ve picked a habit you want to change, start making the change. And remember, habits take time to change, so be patient with yourself. Consider rewarding yourself in a non-food way as you move toward your goals.
Judith Beck, MD, Psychology, answered
Start by being mindful of every bite of food that goes in your mouth. Eat only when you’re sitting down. Then eat slowly and enjoy every bite. You may be tempted to eat standing in front of the refrigerator or as you’re running out of the house or as your clearing the table. You will need to remind yourself at these times that you can continue with your old eating habits OR you can be thinner. You can’t have it both ways.