- Curb your cocktails. If you're counting calories, alcohol is a waste of your daily allowance. You'll get a buzz but you'll rack up your calorie count quickly.
- Keep a weight log. Weigh yourself and record your numbers. It doesn't make sense to stay away from the scale. Awareness is powerful when you need to be in control.
- Keep a food log. May I suggest actually using both pictures and words? Both will make you more conscious of your food choices and quantities.
- Eat from a pot, not across a counter. Even when you make pizza at home, you're more likely to use natural ingredients in smaller quantities.
- Eat like a two year old. Small plates. Small portions. This 100% fail-proof. Try it for two weeks at least and watch the pounds shed.
- Soda is your enemy. Avoid it.
- Juice is your friend, only if you dilute it 50:50 with water.
- Water is your new BFF.
- Park at the farthest spot and walk. *I hate when my husband does this! But, it forces you to walk.
- Build your Subway sandwich or Chipotle bowel online and count the calories before you go into the store. It will blow your mind how many calories are guacamole, sour cream, or sauces.
- Don't eat or snack after 8pm. Go to bed. Turn the TV off and just sleep. This alone will help with weight loss success and success in general.
- Don't buy junk. The kids won't eat it if you won't supply it. Don't use them as an excuse.
- Surround yourself with fruits and yogurt. If you've run out of chips and cookies and there's grapes and bananas laying around, you will eat them and be just as satisfied.
- Eat with your left hand, if you are right-handed. Or vice versa. Or use chopsticks. This will slow you down and help you sense quickly that you're full.
- Split your usual size meal in half and put it away. Eat the second half, then brush your teeth immediately after your last bite. You'll have no taste for more of anything.
Try these tips for 30 days and let me know how you did. I'd love to hear from you!
Dr. Chetanna Okasi
Dr. Okasi is a board certified obstetrician/gynecologist, and the medical director of Women's Wellness MD. Her mission is to help women achieve total wellness of mind, body, and spirit.