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These are just a few of the hundreds of suggestions that can keep you focused on your weight loss, in no particular order. Please don't take on too many at once! Add a couple of new small steps each week and build them up slowly. This will give you a greater chance at successfully creating a healthier lifestyle for yourself.
. Focus on what you can do, rather than on what you can't do.
. Walk to work, walk after dinner, walk with a dog, walk kids to school, walk instead of driving sometimes, walk half an hour instead of watching TV, go for a walk in your lunch break. In other words use any opportunities you are able to walk.
. Do sit-ups in front of the TV.
. Drink water before a meal.
. Eat leaner red meat and poultry.
. Use low fat or fat-free milk over whole milk.
. Eat half your dessert.
. Avoid food portions larger than your fist.
. Increase the fibre in your diet.
. Join an exercise group.
. Do gardening
. Eat off smaller plates.
. Set achievable, realistic goals for yourself.
. Don't eat late at night.
. Skip seconds.
. Work around the house.
. Grill, steam or bake instead of frying.
. Bike ride to the shop instead of driving.
. Take the dog to the park.
. Ask your doctor about taking a multi-vitamin.
. Make sure you're eating a good balance of complex carbohydrates, protein and essential fats.
. Don't skip meals including breakfast.
. Move quickly when running errands.
. Pace the sidelines at kids' athletic games.
. Play with your kids 30 minutes a day.
. Dance to music.
. Keep a pair of comfortable walking or running shoes in your car and office.
. Choose activities you enjoy and you'll be more likely to stick with them.
. Stretch before bed to give you more energy when you wake.
. Vary your activities, for interest and to broaden the range of benefits.
. Reward and acknowledge your efforts.
. Consume alcoholic beverages in moderation, if at all.
. Conduct an inventory of your meal/snack and physical activity patterns.
. Make a grocery list before you shop.
. Flavor foods with herbs, spices, and other low-fat seasonings.
. Eat before you get too hungry.
. Stop eating when you are full.
. Snack on fruits and vegetables.
. Include several servings of whole grain food daily.
. If main dishes are too big, choose an appetizer or side dish instead.
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