Jot it all down
Before you start overhauling your eating habits, record everything you drink and eat. Many apps and websites can help or you can use tried-and-true pen and paper. Note trouble spots that you’ll need to address, like that mid-afternoon snack. This whole process will jump-start weight loss by making you feel more accountable for what you eat every day. “This is the single most important thing you can do when you’re watching your calories,” says Paige Waehner, a certified personal trainer and author of The About.com Guide to Getting in Shape. “I have so many clients who think they’re eating healthy, but having to write down every bite makes you aware of those extra calories we eat without even realizing it. Just an extra handful of nuts could cost you more than 100 calories.” Need major weight-loss motivation? Try out these proven weight loss tips used by the folks on The Biggest Loser.
Blab to the world
Don’t keep your weight-loss goals a secret. Better your chances of quick weight loss (and long-term diet success) by spreading the word to friends and family about your new diet. It will help motivate you and increase your accountability. “Almost no one succeeds without support from the people around them,” says Malia Frey, MA, CPT, CHC, the Weight Loss Expert at About.com. “Asking for help is the most important part of your weight-loss program.” Just be sure to tell the right people. “Share with people who are going to encourage you, not hold you back,” says Jay Cardiello, health strategist and star of ABC’s My Diet Is Better Than Yours. You may also want to find a buddy with a similar goal. You can encourage one another when times get tough, work out together, share your progress, and swap advice. Don’t be counter-productive by comparing your weight loss with that of your friend, such as questioning why she’s losing weight faster than you.