Drink lots and lots of water. The first few pounds you’ll lose will all be water weight; when you don’t drink enough, your body holds onto every drop it gets, leading to a bigger weight. Additionally, water fills you up and saves you calories. Chew slowly. You’ll feel more full and digest easier. Be sure to drink water and put down your fork intermittently.
- Don’t feel pressure to finish a whole meal. If you’re having trouble, try taking a smaller portion. Wait and then decide if you really need more.
- Hunger signals take 20 minutes to reach the brain. So if you’ve just finished eating and you’re still hungry, wait 20 minutes and re-evaluate.
- Losing weight with a buddy makes it more fun and gives you accountability.
- Make non-weight goals as well - try fitness goals (“I want to be able to run a mile in 8 minutes”) or eating goals (“I want to eat 3 servings of vegetables a day”).
- Try taking measurements in addition to weight. Inches can drop faster than pounds! Measure your bust, waist, thigh, arm, and hips.
- Exercise is a great way to burn off calories and thus lose weight more rapidly. Do whatever exercise is fun for you. If you hate running, don’t do it! Try workout DVDs, home exercises, joining a gym, playing sports, or even just doing squats and lunges around the house. Every bit counts.
- Weigh yourself once weekly, in the morning, after going to the bathroom but before eating or drinking anything. Track this in the notebook as well.