Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Set yourself up for a successful diet

Don't skip meals - easting every 4-5 hours throughout the day will keep your blood sugar levels steady and help you feel full.
Keep a food journal - write down everything you eat, noting your mood and hunger level each time.  You'll stay accountable and identify situations which cause overeating.
Exercise - even if just for 15 minutes a day.  It can relieve stress and put you in a more positive mood to make healthy choices.
Make sure to get enough sleep - sleep deprivation can increase hunger by decreasing levels of leptin, the hormone responsible for letting you know you're full.  You'll also be less tired and have more resolve to resist. 
Stay connected with friends - giving you support, motivation, inspiration to stay on track.

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