- Before starting any diet, get a checkup at your doctor’s office. The checkup is a good tool to determine if you have any pre-existing health conditions. It is also a good time to talk with your doctor about a healthy weight loss program that will fit your individual needs.
- Try to abstain from sodas. You will save a lot of calories by avoiding soft drinks.
- Drink at least eight cups of water every day. Try to drink one cup of water each morning before breakfast. Water helps to flush the body of impurities and it also gives you a full feeling.
- Switch from whole milk to skim milk. If you do not like skim milk, try 2 percent milk.
- Look for ways to move your body. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park your car at the far end of the parking lot at the mall. Take a walk with your children or partner after dinner.
- Try to exercise at least four times a week for 20-30 minutes. You can walk on a treadmill, jump rope, bicycle or swim.
- Keep an eye on your portion size. It is better to take small samples of everything than huge portions of one or two foods.
- Be mindful of when you have the urge to eat. Many times food is used for comfort, or as a stress reliever. Find other ways to deal with your emotions, such as journal writing, taking a bubble bath or reading.
- Clean out your refrigerator and cabinets. Throw away the junk food. Replace junk food with fruits, vegetables, dips, granola, nuts and whole wheat crackers.
- Never skip breakfast.
- Drive out of your way to avoid favorite fast food restaurants or donut shops.
- Do not buy prepackaged foods or diet pills.
- Do not succumb to fad diets.
- Do not keep yourself from eating a favorite food. If you do, the chances that you will give in and eat a large quantity of it increases. It is acceptable to eat a cookie, or a slice of pie every once in a while.
- Try to find a friend or family member who wants to team up with you and diet. You can keep each other motivated.