Most weight-loss plans fizzle within a week. | Health.com
Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, is Health's contributing nutrition editor and privately counsels clients in New York, Los Angeles, and long distance. Her latest New York Times best seller is S.A.S.S! Yourself Slim: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds and Lose Inches.
The number-one thing most diets have in common is the lack of stick-with-it-ness. Many of us equate the word diet with short-term deprivation, something you go "on" and ultimately go "off." In a recent survey, a UK food company found that of those who diet regularly, two out of five quit within the first seven days, one out of five last a month, and the same number-just 20%-make it to the three-month mark. I've seen this pattern often. Before working with me, most of my clients have dieted repeatedly, and while each attempt "worked" for weight loss, it wasn't doable long-term. The solution: pinpoint the pitfalls, and implement savvy strategies to fine-tune your approaches. The five real-life tweaks below can keep you from throwing