When I was younger, I believed (or wanted to believe) that fad diets might actually work. I thought that if I could just
stick to a strict regimen for two or three weeks, I'd drop the weight. Then, I could go back to eating whatever I wanted.
Silly me. Luckily, with age comes wisdom and now I know that staying slim and healthy requires a
To keep lost pounds from creeping back, you need to sustain the same healthy habits that
helped you to lose it in the first place. Follow these five steps and stay thin for life!
your meals ahead of time.
Be sure to include a source of lean protein—which helps you feel full longer—at every
meal or snack. Yummy chicken recipes
and fish recipes
are always good inspiration for creating a healthy dinner—or try centering your meal around a tofu- or bean-based
2. Keep a food diary to track your calories—and to make notes of which situations and foods
help you to stick with your goals and which ones make staying on track more difficult.
3. Schedule in exercise.
4. From time to time—particularly when the number on the scale starts to edge upward—revisit
your weight-loss goals.
5. Celebrate your successes (but not with food). Living the healthful life takes commitment
but the rewards are many!