Week 4: Practice Eating Mindfully

Monday, December 30th, 2013
Week 4: Practice Eating Mindfully Blog Post

Hopefully you've enjoyed our month-long diet challenge, and your hard work is paying off on the scale. Our challenge is coming to a close, but you can and should continue with your healthy eating and exercise habits to meet and maintain your long-term weight-loss goals. One strategy for continued success is to practice eating mindfully, which is about paying attention to how you feel as you eat and focusing on your food . One way to do this is to eat more slowly. It takes your body about 20 minutes to register feeling full, and eating more slowly may help you lose weight.

Week 3: Get Social Support to Make Losing Weight Fun

Monday, December 30th, 2013
Week 3: Get Social Support to Make Losing Weight Fun  Blog Post

Your social connections—family, friends, coworkers, online buddies—can help you slim down, so use them to to your advantage! When friends participated in a weight-loss program together, they lost more weight—and were more successful at keeping it off—than people who did the same program on their own, says research. Plus, dieting with others can be fun and make you more likely to stick to your commitments. You’ll share successes and challenges, help support each other’s goals, eat healthy meals and exercise together.

Day 12: Get right back on track when you slip up

Monday, December 30th, 2013
Day 12: Get right back on track when you slip up Blog Post

Did a coworker bring in homemade brownies and you sampled one (OK, three)? At dinner, did you nosh on the breadbasket, order fries instead of a side salad with your meal and eat dessert? Diet slip–ups happen to all of us, so don’t beat yourself up and abandon your weight–loss goals. One meal doesn’t negate all of your healthy efforts, as long as you’re making healthy choices most of the time.

Day 14: How to Eat More and Still Lose Weight

Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Day 14: How to Eat More and Still Lose Weight  Blog Post

Wouldn’t you love it if you could eat more and still lose weight? Eating foods that are low in calories, like vegetables, lets you increase the size of your portions. But it’s not just extra veggies; there are other ways to help you pump up the volume of your food as well. Try adding liquids (think: bean soup instead of a smaller portion of just beans) and eating airy foods (snacking on popcorn or choosing large tubular pasta shapes instead of denser shapes).

Pictured Recipe: Salmon & Roasted Vegetable Salad

Day 13: Small Changes Add Up to Big Weight Loss

Sunday, December 29th, 2013
Day 13: Small Changes Add Up to Big Weight Loss  Blog Post

Forget embarking on a dramatic diet shake-up (read: cutting out all carbs or having cabbage soup every day). You’re better off making tiny adjustments that you can permanently adopt, research reveals. Volunteers in an online healthy-eating challenge were given easy-to-implement tips (“Drink 8 cups of water a day” or “Only snack at the kitchen table”). Those who followed the tips for more than 25 days each month had more success dropping pounds than those who complied less often.