"Fashion, you see, goes out of fashion. Style never."—Coco Chanel
'Tis the season for reflection and change. One of the most common decisions is to lose weight. "I resolve this year to lose 20, 30,50, 100 pounds by X date". Unfortunately, resolutions like these rarely succeed. What to improve your odds of success? Take a look at my tips for making 2007 the year for realistic, healthy change.
- No to fad diets – short- term solutions never solve long-term, complex issues like weight changes (gaining or losing weight). Fad diets don’t work. Never have and never will.
- Start small -- Pick one or two small changes to focus on each day or week, and once you have mastered these add in more -- e.g. I'll eat 1 less serving at dinner, I'll walk 10 minutes daily, I'll substitute a low-cal beverage in place of a higher cal option. Over time you build on these simple steps and achieve long-term weight change.
- MOVE, MOVE, MOVE!! -- Most of us can’t spend long chunks of time in the gym. No problem. Schedule a 10 min walk (yes, put it in your planner) for the afternoon. Take the stairs whenever you can. Keep walking shoes in your car and slip out at lunch for a brisk stroll. Adding movement to your day burns calories and a pedometer is a great way to track your progress.
- You are a Chanel original -- Comparisons are pointless -- you are an original. Think of yourself as a Chanel original gown. You would never crumple it up and toss it in the corner -- NEVER! Treat yourself with the care and attention that you would lavish on a Paris original.
- Calories count – every one -- Save or eliminate calories by using low-calorie versions of your favorite foods. That spoon full of sugar has 16 calories, a regular soda has 150 calories, and a packet of Splenda has zero calories, as does that Splenda sweetened “diet” soda. Little savings in calories throughout the day can add up to significant calorie savings over time. Eat less and move more and you will lose weight.