Most diet plans tell you to start losing weight right NOW. Never mind that you’re working 70-hour weeks or you’re taking care of two toddlers and a sick parent, and that right now, quite honestly, is not a very convenient time to start to follow a strict diet and hit the gym every day. What you really need to do to lose weight successfully is figure out what’s realistic for your “real” life. (Are you ready for a complete lifestyle overall right now? Take our quiz.) No matter what’s going on in your life, a good first step to making healthy diet changes is starting a food diary where you record everything you eat and drink—and how many calories these foods and beverages contain. Do this for a week to get a sense of what you’re eating now.
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Week #1: Are You Ready for a Change?
Week #2: Set Goals
Week #3: Boost Exercise
Week #4: Make Smart Choices
Week #5: Outsmarting Eating Triggers
Week #6: Get support
Week #7: Recharge Your Weight Loss
Week #8: Embrace Challenges
Week #9: Solve Problems
Week #10: Think Big Picture
Week #11: Be Nice to Yourself
Week #12: Celebrate Success