Forget embarking on a dramatic diet shake-up (read: cutting out all carbs or having cabbage soup every day). You're better
off making tiny adjustments that you can permanently adopt, research reveals. Volunteers in an online healthy-eating
challenge were given easy-to-implement tips ("Drink 8 cups of water a day" or "Only snack at the kitchen table"). Those who
followed the tips for more than 25 days each month had more success dropping pounds than those who complied less often.
"Making small, consistent changes fits more easily into people's routines [than radically altering your diet]," says Brian
Wansink, Ph.D., EatingWell advisor and professor of marketing at Cornell University. Remember that healthy eating is
a long-term way of life, not a limited-time crash diet.
Jessie Price, Editor-in-Chief
"In May last year I tried something new. For years I woke up, ate a bowl of cereal, went to the gym, and then around 10
a.m.-famished-I ate a second breakfast, usually yogurt and fruit. Not unhealthy food choices, but, with two breakfasts, the
calories added up. So in an effort to shed a few pounds, I decided to skip the first breakfast. Through the first two weeks
of my new plan my stomach rumbled as I drove to the gym. But remembering Associate Nutrition Editor Lisa D'Agrosa's advice
that it takes at least a few weeks for a new routine to stick, I kept at it. The hunger pangs abated. I officially have a new
one-breakfast morning routine and my wedding ring is back to spinning around my finger loosely."
Actionable Tip: Make one small healthy change this week, whether it's keeping fruit out on the
counter or always portioning out a single serving of a snack (instead of sitting down with the box).