10 tips to increase your success with any weight loss program

By Sosan Hua, RD, CDE

  1. Set realistic goals and visualize it.  Remind yourself everyday why you want to lose weight.
  2. Share your goals with close family and friends.  Having a good support network is vital to ensure you stay on track and accountable.
  3. Clean out your pantry and refrigerator; get rid of processed and packaged food.  At the very least, get rid of refined carbs that includes chips, cookies, crackers, cakes, granola bar, candies, chocolate.
  4. Plan ahead – put it in your schedule whether you will go on a grocery run, meal prep or workout.  If it is not scheduled, it will likely get deferred.
  5. Always remember you can not outwork a bad diet.  1 hour of intense workout burns 500-800 calories but a Big Mac and small fries can easily add up to 900 calories. And we haven’t counted the rest of your other meals yet.
  6. Always have healthy snacks ready whenever your hunger strikes. Some examples include prepackage nuts, raw veggies such as carrots, cucumber, celery, cherry tomatoes.
  7. Never ever go grocery shopping on an empty stomach – stick to your grocery list
  8. Do any exercise that you enjoy. The key is keeping yourself as active, aim for at least 15 minutes each day.
  9. Start your new weight loss program with a pre-weight loss meal plan to reset and cleanse your palate. This means no added sugar, no caffeine, no alcohol, no dairy, no grains, and no packaged foods.
  10. Eat only wholesome, real foods that don’t carry any food labels. For example, vegetables, fruits, meat, beans, nuts, avocado, seafood.  Remember by eating foods with long shelf life, you will have short shelf life.


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