Hopefully you've enjoyed our month-long diet challenge, and your hard work is paying off on the scale. Our challenge is coming to a close, but you can and should continue with your healthy eating and exercise habits to meet and maintain your long-term weight-loss goals. One strategy for continued success is to practice eating mindfully, which is about paying attention to how you feel as you eat and focusing on your food . One way to do this is to eat more slowly. It takes your body about 20 minutes to register feeling full, and eating more slowly may help you lose weight. Evaluate your hunger on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being “ravenous” and 5 being “stuffed.” Stop eating when you've reached 3 or 4.
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Your social connections—family, friends, coworkers, online buddies—can help you slim down, so use them to to your advantage! When friends participated in a weight-loss program together, they lost more weight—and were more successful at keeping it off—than people who did the same program on their own, says research. Plus, dieting with others can be fun and make you more likely to stick to your commitments. You’ll share successes and challenges, help support each other’s goals, eat healthy meals and exercise together.
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Did a coworker bring in homemade brownies and you sampled one (OK, three)? At dinner, did you nosh on the breadbasket, order fries instead of a side salad with your meal and eat dessert? Diet slip–ups happen to all of us, so don’t beat yourself up and abandon your weight–loss goals. One meal doesn’t negate all of your healthy efforts, as long as you’re making healthy choices most of the time. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase, “my diet starts next week,” then you know that one indulgent meal can quickly turn into a weekend of eating lots of high–calorie foods. That attitude can quickly turn a minor setback into a complete diet derailer. Instead, let it go and get back on track at your next meal or snack.
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Wouldn’t you love it if you could eat more and still lose weight? Eating foods that are low in calories, like vegetables, lets you increase the size of your portions. But it’s not just extra veggies; there are other ways to help you pump up the volume of your food as well. Try adding liquids (think: bean soup instead of a smaller portion of just beans) and eating airy foods (snacking on popcorn or choosing large tubular pasta shapes instead of denser shapes).
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Snacks can keep your diet on track by preventing your hunger from getting out of control. But if you don’t pick the right ones, in healthy amounts, they can derail your diet instead. Foods with protein and fiber make especially satisfying snacks—they help keep you full on few calories. Try carrots and hummus, nonfat cottage cheese and orange slices, plain nonfat yogurt and diced pear, almonds and raisins, or an apple with almond butter.
Pictured Recipe: Chocolate-Cherry Snack Bars
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