I want to look and feel better, but diets have never worked for me. What are the keys to success?
Obviously, what you eat will play a role in how you look and feel, but how active you are also plays an equally important role.
So what should you do? Don't diet but instead change
the way you eat. Set realistic goals. Don't try to lose
all of the weight right away. Set short- and long-term
goals and re-evaluate them periodically. Each is
important. Eat moderately and increase your activity
level. Consistency and routine are the keys. Get into a
routine of being active each day and it will become
easier and easier to do. Make activity a priority but
make it simple enough to become a part of your normal
routine. Inconsistent and extreme behavior rarely works.
Finally, find people to support you in the activities
that you do.
Stephen D. Ball, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Jo Britt-Rankin, Ph.D., Associate Dean, State Specialist, Associate Professor, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Candance Gabel, M.S. R.D., Assistant Program Director, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Thursday, December 04, 2008