It is virtually impossible to lose weight and keep it off if you don’t modify your lifestyle. Diets are short-term solution to a long-term problem. Here are other facts you should note:

  1. Think long-term. Shortcuts and quickie plans never last.
  2. Do it for yourself. Improving your health and energy are better motivations than a coming class reunion.
  3. Prepare the way. Don’t rush into a diet before you are ready for a long-term change. Keeping a diet journal will help you become more aware of what you eat and why.
  4. Think fruits, grains, legumes, and vegetables. In the standard diet more than 50 percent of calories come from fat, sugar and alcohol.
  5. Control portion sizes. Use a smaller plate. Serve yourself smaller portions and out away leftovers before you eat. At restaurants, a stock for a doggie bag instead of cleaning your plate.
  6. Eat three meals a day. Eating at regular intervals will not send your body into a deprivation (starvation) mode, which may cause you to eat and binge out.
  7. Maintain your program. Successful weight-loss managers realize that they are not on a temporary diet – they are starting a permanent ne lifestyle.
  8. It is fun and keeps you flexible. Activity is the key to successful weight control, particularly in middle age.
  9. Don’t overdo it. Don’t push yourself to the higher end of the target range. A brisk one-hour walk a day is a terrific goal for steady, healthy weight management.

When you think activity – think “play, walking the dog, gardening, yard work, household chores, sports, bicycling, and playing with kids” are all productive activities.