Weight-Loss Strategies


Eat less, exercise more if you wanna lose weight. Yeah, yeah, we know. But really? Really. Those two things plus a few simple rules can help you get a grip on your weight and do something nice for your body (for once).

The Basics

Stop making your stomach a dumping ground for processed factory-made food. So yeah, skip the sweets. Eat real foods. Buy from a farmer’s market. Grow your own veggies. You don’t have to eat like a medieval monk, but keep your indulgences to a minimum. Here are some other things to try:

  • Eliminate sodas and other sugary drinks. And drinks with artificial sweeteners (aka “diet drinks”) don’t help. Your body stores artificial sweeteners just like real sugar, turning them into fat just the same. So drink water. Drink lots of it.
  • Try vegetarian. Frankly, you’ll be amazed at how fast weight drops off when you wean yourself from meats. But if you can’t bear the thought of depriving your canines from sinking into some meaty goodness, choose lean proteins like ground sirloin, turkey breast, salmon and eggs.
  • Move your butt. And not from the couch to the recliner. Shoot for at least 30 minutes of heart-pumping exercise a day. If 30 consecutive minutes are hard to come by, take three brisk 10-minute walks, kick the soccer ball with the kids for 15 minutes before and after dinner or do part of that Pilates DVD that’s collecting dust under your TV.

The Replacements

Kick out the calories. Replace stuff like ice cream, chips, cookies or soda with nuts, yogurt and fruit to make a big difference in your waistline and your energy level.

Clear out the dang fridge. Toss full-fat items and replace them with reduced or low-fat versions and don’t look back.

White bread? Really? There are so many other healthier, tastier, whole-grain options out there, like whole wheat pasta and high-fiber cereals. Choose smart carbs.

Buddy up with beans. Legumes are known to cut heart disease risks, lower cholesterol, help you lose weight, cut your cancer risk and manage diabetes thanks to their slow sugar release. To manage that other thing beans release (musical fruit, anyone?), change the water several times as you soak and cook dried beans, rinse canned beans or add fennel or caraway to them.

The Results

Good eating choices now will soon turn into a habit. And when your body gets leaner and more energetic you’re going to want to keep at it. Aim for a one-pound loss every week, two pounds max. Slow and steady, hot stuff. You’ll need a belt for those jeans before you know it.