Looking for the best ways to lose weight? If so, this post is for you.
Just yesterday, I stumbled upon a great website offered by Penn State University that was designed to help people lose weight and keep it off via an online community, Achieve Together. What I like about the site is that it’s a university-based weight loss program so there’s no gimmicks but only real habits that work. The habits were identified from research with more than 1,300 subjects who lost at least 30 pounds and were able to keep it off for at least a year. On the site, you’ll meet many of these successful losers who help you achieve your weight loss goals.
The site is simple: You choose from 31 habits that are proven to help shed pounds and get insights from the experts on the site as well as successful dieters that tell you in videos how the habit worked for them and how they put it into practice in their lives. If you’re trying to lose a few lbs, I would definitely check the site out. Set up an account (it’s free!…and takes a few seconds) and begin to surround yourself with a credible online community designed to help you become the next successful loser. The top habits recommended are ones that we’ve covered extensively in this blog, but I found several in the 21 additional habits that were very compelling and I can see how they could help a lot of people.
Even I picked up some ideas for how I can better manage my diet on this site. Some of the new habits I’m focusing on this week include avoiding going too long without eating and reminding myself not to overeat whenever I’m eating. Those two really go hand-in-hand, because if you space out your calories evenly during the day, you never get so hungry that you lose all resolve to eat well and not overdo it.
Leave a comment below with a habit that you see here that you are interested in trying.
10 Best Ways to Lose
- Limit the amount of sugar you eat or drink, such as cookies, desserts, sweets or in soda
- Do exercises that you enjoy
- Avoid going too long without eating, such as by skipping breakfast or another meal
- Control your portions
- Eat plenty of fruits or vegetables
- Write down what you eat and drink
- Eat healthy snacks
- Do different kinds of exercises
- Drink plenty of water
- Read nutrition labels
21 Other Habits of Successful Dieters
- Think about how much progress you’ve made already losing weight
- Limit the amount of “carbs” you eat, such as breads, pasta, rice, potatoes and crackers
- Eat plenty of low-fat sources of protein, such as fish, chicken or beans
- Limit the amount of unhealthy food in your home
- Replace high-calorie foods or drinks with those that have fewer calories
- Walk for exercise
- Follow a consistent exercise routine
- Plan what you’ll eat ahead of time
- Plan what you’ll buy before you get to the grocery store
- Write down how much you exercise
- Remind yourself why you need to control your weight
- Think about how much better you feel when you are thinner
- Look for information about weight loss, nutrition or exercise
- Look at older pictures of yourself to motivate you to stick to your diet or exercise plan
- Think about your goal for a healthy weight
- Reward yourself for sticking to your diet or exercise plan
- Try to fit exercise into your lifestyle, such as by walking or biking instead of driving or taking the stairs instead of the elevator
- Exercise with other people
- Think about the clothes you would like to fit into
- Think about not overeating while you were eating a meal
- Eat about the same foods at each meal or snack
–Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD