1.Bag the chips: replace them with baked varieties, and soy crisps and nuts.
2.Get your rest: seven to 8 hours of sleep is ideal to promote rest, recovery, and a healthy outlook on life. Too little rest leads to heightened levels of stress hormones that build fat, not burn it.
3.Eat small, frequent meals: it will help you control your appetite and keep your metabolic rate elevated all day long.
4.If all else fails, chew gum: sometimes you just can’t get past the craving. If you don’t want to give into it, then try sugar-free gum sweetened with xylitol. It will clean your teeth at the same time.
5. Diet with a buddy: a partner in the process makes all the difference.
6.Go shopping: celebrate successes with something other than food.
7.Focus on the company, not the food: at a social gathering, stand away from the buffet table and socialize. Food is not the main attraction.
8.BYOD: when invited to a dinner party, offer to bring your own dish. That way you can make sure to have something that fits in your diet plan.
9.Go small: choose a small salad plate in the buffet line, rather than a large dinner plate. It will limit the amount of food you can pile on your plate.
10.Brush your teeth early: you won’t want to eat again in the evening.
11.Stay well hydrated: if you wake up at night to eat, get plenty to drink during the day. You’re likely thirsty, rather than hungry.
12.Take active vacations: if vacations are deadly, then stay off the cruise and go for a more active vacation like bicycling around Crete.
13.Find an exercise buddy: a little pressure to keep with the program will help you through your slump times.
14.Switch to fat-free milk: it still has all the calcium and protein, but none of the fat and far fewer calories.
15. Wrap with lettuce: make Thai-style stuffed lettuce wraps in place of bread sandwiches or tortilla wraps.
16. Eat grapefruit: it really does help with weight loss.
17. Go for the yolk: an egg yolk a day will help improve your mood so that you can stick to your plan, and has no negative impact on your heart.
18.Look forward to dessert: give yourself dessert once a week. You will find that it becomes a treat again, rather than an everyday expectation.
19.Eat at the table: avoid eating standing, in the car, in front of the TV, etc. By sitting at the table you’ll help your brain recognize that you’ve eaten.
20.Eat whole foods: the less refined the food, the more full of fiber and nutrients, the fewer calories and the more filling it will be.