By: Debbie Koenig
How to keep losing weight when life (pulled muscle, new guy, the siren call of the vending machine) gets in the way.
The Crisis: A pulled muscle sidelines your routine.
The Action Plan: With any injury, always speak to your doctor first. If you're hurt badly, ask for a referral to a physical therapist who works specifically with athletes; he or she may be more sensitive to your desire to get moving quickly. Next, view your setback as an opportunity to vary your routine. Hurt your shoulder? You can probably still ride a recumbent bicycle, says Ellie Krieger, RD, host of the Food Network's Healthy Appetite and author of Small Changes, Big Results: A 12-Week Action Plan to a Better Life (Clarkson Potter, 2005).
If your doctor insists that you lie low for a while, be extra mindful of your diet. Because of your new exerciseless life, your calorie needs will decrease. "Try not to use food to relieve boredom, anxiety, or other emotions that are bound to crop up with theRead More »from Tricks to Stick to Your Diet -- No Matter What