Research shows that taking baby steps--not giant leaps--is the best way to get lasting results...

A study published in the Annals of Behavioral Medicine found that participants who made one small, potentially permanent change in their food choices and/or physical activity each week- lost more than twice as much belly fat, 2½ more inches off their waistlines, and about 4 times more weight during a 4-month program, compared with those who followed traditional calorie-restriction and physical-activity guidelines. (Huffington Post)

15 Small Changes for Faster Weight Loss

1. Pick up a pen: Keep a food journal.

2. Skip through commercials: Skip, dance, squat...whatever.  When the commercials are on, you're moving.

3. Limit high-fat foods: Think cookies, candy, ice cream, potato chips, and fries. Gradually downshift the amount you eat. If you're eating 6 o these foods per week, try to go down to 5.

4. Sign up for e-newsletters: One study from Kaiser Permanente found that people who received weekly e-mails about diet and fitness for 16 weeks substantially increased their levels of physical activity and intake of healthy foods. 

5. Walk 5 minutes more: A little extra exercise each day will really add up over the course of a year. 

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