Seek out others with similar goals
courtesy Kate McGinty
Newsroom editor Kate McGinty, 33, of Cincinnati, OH, found success in dropping weight—74 pounds, to be exact—by participating in a private accountability group on Facebook. Group members all started the same workout program—21-Day Fix, which they could do in their living rooms for just 30 minutes a day—and committed to checking in with each other on the platform every day. “The accountability was a huge help. I wasn’t alone. Having the support group means having people to celebrate with you, cheer you, relate to you, and hold you accountable,” she says.
Follow McGinty’s journey on Instagram @kjmcginty.
Adopt the right mindset
courtesy @myadventuretofit For 26-year-old Tiffany Elizabeth of Clearwater, FL, changing her expectations made all the difference. In the past, she felt dieting wasn’t worth it if she couldn’t lose at least a pound a day, she says. “This time, I decided I needed to make a lifestyle out of it.” This meant permanently cutting out all her favorite foods: bread, pasta, cake, donuts. To resist temptation, she decided to eliminate gluten and dairy. “When you get rid of those foods, you’re down to a much shorter list and it actually makes it a lot easier.” (These are the gluten-free foods nutritionists love.)
She’s lost 84 pounds and hoping to drop 10 to 15 more. “Don’t make a temporary change—that doesn’t work! If you want to see results, you need to change your lifestyle,” she says.