They count calories: No matter
what diet they followed, successful dieters shared the
outlook that calories count, regardless of whether they
were counting fats, "carbs," or using other
diet systems. A journal that is specifically used for
calorie counting can be extremely helpful in motivating
They self-monitor: Successful
project participants made sure to weigh themselves at
least once a week. Documenting your progress this way
can supply positive feedback and keep you honest in
the assessment of your progress.
They follow a high-carbohydrate,
low-fat diet: "Good carbs," such as fruits,
veggies, and high-fiber foods formed approximately 60%
of participantsdiets. Protein made up another
25% of their dietary intake with the remaining 15% from
fat. These results seem to contradict the media attention
directed toward low-carbohydrate diets.
Physical activity was key to their
success: Walking was the number one choice of the
successful dieters. They not only made time to exercise
daily, they found ways to get the most exertion out
of everyday activities.
They eat breakfast: Not only
did the majority of the group eat breakfast every day,
they ate more often up to 5 meals and snacks
per day. Think smaller portions, more often.