5 Tips to Better Weight Loss Success in 2015

5 Tips to Better Weight Loss Success in 2015 5 Tips to Better Weight Loss Success in 2015

The Calorie Control Council, which represents companies selling low-calorie or low-fat foods and drinks, offers 5 tips to help meet New Yearís resolutions to lose weight.

Make the Resolution Realistic Make the Resolution Realistic

Losing ten pounds in two weeks is probably not going to happen.† Most people don't gain weight overnight -- the same follows for losing the weight. While a more realistic goal of losing one to two pounds a week may not sound substantial, it is more attainable.

Keep it Simple, Specific, and Achievable Keep it Simple, Specific, and Achievable

Instead of saying "This year I vow to lose 30 pounds," say "By May, I want to lose five pounds."† Setting and reaching smaller intermittent, more attainable goals encourages reaching for the larger goal. Most importantly, choose a healthy weight. The Councilís healthy weight calculator can help.

Cut Calories by Making Simple Substitutions Cut Calories by Making Simple Substitutions

Tune down the calories in favorite foods by using the lower calorie versions at restaurants or by substituting low calorie sweeteners at home. Cutting 150 calories a day alone over the course of a year could result in a five to ten pound weight loss.

Lose the "Quick Fix" Mentality and Go For a Lifestyle Change Lose the "Quick Fix" Mentality and Go For a Lifestyle Change

Swearing off carbs and desserts may be doable for a month or so, but it's probably not something most people can stick with over the long term. Short-term strategies can result in weight loss, but chances are good that if it is not a lifestyle change, the weight will eventually creep back. "Making changes that you can live with long term is the key to not only weight loss but also weight maintenance," says Beth Hubrich, executive director of the Council.

Be More Active, All the Time and Everywhere Be More Active, All the Time and Everywhere

Hitting the gym and working with a personal trainer are great, but there are other ways to "sneak in" physical activity and burn calories.††Park farther away from the store, walk children to a play date instead of driving and take the stairs instead of the elevator.†The Councilís exercise calculator shows calories burned during walking and other activities.

The Calorie Control Council, which represents companies selling low-calorie or low-fat foods and drinks, offers 5 tips to help meet New Yearís resolutions to lose weight.

 

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