4 Healthy Ways to Lose Weight (Page 3)

Myth 2: To successfully diet, it’s all or nothing.

Forget those dramatic diet shake-ups. 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 a month had more success slimming down 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.

A smarter strategy: Make one small tweak a month. And program a daily reminder into your phone.

Next: Myth 3: Healthy snacks are a must. »

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