No More Yo-Yo Dieting: 15 Secrets to Keeping Off the Pounds for Good

Having trouble dropping extra weight? You might be following the wrong strategies. Nutritionist and health coach Amy Hendel shares 15 secrets to lasting weight loss (16 Photos)

Amy Hendel on May 15, 2012 at 11:44AM

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No More Yo-Yo Dieting: 15 Secrets to Keeping Off the Pounds for Good

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Establish Short- and Long-Term Goals

Your weight loss efforts will fizzle out if you don’t first set meaningful long- and short-term goals. The short-term goal -- eat a healthy breakfast every morning for a week, for example -- will motivate your initial desire for change while the long-term goal -- lose 20 pounds -- will keep you on track once you pass smaller milestones. Make as many goals as you need to take you through the first six months of your healthier regimen. If, for instance, you want to exercise more, set a short-term goal of running one mile in 11 minutes and a long-term goal of finishing a 5K in three months. If weight loss is your focus, promise yourself a new pair of smaller pants in a month as your short-term goal and a new bathing suit for next summer as your long-term project. Each time you accomplish one goal, like losing 5 pounds or eating breakfast daily, there’s a sense of satisfaction that makes reaching your next goal more exciting.

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