January 13, 2007

Good Ideas For Losing Weight

Good information from
"Weigh yourself 1 time per day
Why It Works
Weekly weigh-ins are a staple of many popular diet programs, but studies now show that daily weighing is the key to lasting loss. When researchers at the University of Minnesota monitored the scale habits of 1,800 dieting adults, they found that those who stepped on every day lost an average of 12 pounds over 2 years (weekly scale watchers lost only 6) and were less likely to regain lost weight. The reason: “The more often you monitor your results, the quicker you can catch the behavioral slip that causes weight gain.”

Watch no more than 2 hours of TV a day
Why It Works
TV junkies miss out on calorie-burning activities like backyard tag with the kids; instead, they become sitting ducks for junk-food ads. One recent study found that adults who watch more than 2 hours of TV per day take in 7% more calories and consume more sugary snacks than those who watch less than an hour a day.
Contact a friend 3 times per week
Why It Works
“Long-term weight loss requires support,” says Marion Franz, RD, a nutrition consultant in Minneapolis. Her study review found that people who met regularly with a dietitian or attended groups like Weight Watchers were more likely to maintain their losses than those who didn’t."

There are no New Year resolutions, but there is more burning of calories on the Tony Little Gazelle thingy and a conscious effort to eat less. One of the added benefits of living with someone is I have a built-in exercise and walking partner. Well, besides the dog, who wants to go wherever we go.

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