DIET TIPS Remember that starting your diet is the hardest part and it does get easier after that. You know the saying: "Objects in motion tend to stay in motion, objects at rest tend to stay at rest." This applies to dieting as well. Once you build up a little momentum and start living healthier, you'll automatically start making healthier decisions. Use mustard on all your sandwiches instead of mayonnaise. Mustard has no fat and very little calories while Mayo, on the other hand, is loaded with fat. Never say you're going to start your diet "tomorrow." Instead, set an actual date on the calendar and address that date as the day you will start your diet. It's important that you be as specific as possible and when you use a general term such as "tomorrow", you're really not defining your goal properly. If you say you're going to start your diet on the "15th", you've clearly defined your start date and when the 15th comes around, you know it's time for action. When you're setting a diet goal, tell that one person who would make sure to “rub-it-in” if you failed. By doing this, you put yourself in a position of “I’d better do this or I’m never going to hear the end of it.” By putting yourself out on a limb, you expose yourself to a potentially embarrassing situation, but now you have given yourself a major reason why you have to lose the weight. It’s amazing what humans can do when there’s no backing out. An important first step, when starting a diet, is to get on the scale, see what you weigh now, and then define your goal weight. You will know where you are now and where you want to be. Then, the only challenge is filling in the middle, but it's important to define the journey before you take on the challenge. Improving your heath is one of the best things you can do for yourself, yet so many people put it as such a low priority in their lives. Your body is the temple for your spirit. Everywhere you go and everything you do can be improved by living a healthy lifestyle. Making money is important, but you don't want to be the richest person in the graveyard. Nothing is more important than improving your health. Walking is one of the best exercises we can do! Look at your life and see if more walking can be inserted. For example: If you're going to 2 different stores in close proximity of each other, park in the middle and walk to both as opposed to driving to one and then driving to the other. Another example is to take the stairs instead of the elevator. The point is: there are many little choices throughout the day that can add up to a very healthy lifestyle. If you haven't done so already, switch to diet soft drinks. An average 12 Oz can of regular soda contains around 120 calories, while the diet version usually has one or zero. If you drink 3 cans a day, you'll be saving 360 calories right there. Now multiply that by 7 days a week, 30 days a month and 365 days a year... You'll be saving a lot of calories! We’re all looking for the easy way out, but 48-hour “miracle diets” are a waste of time and money. These products work by dehydrating your body and as soon as you return to normal food, you’ll have all of the weight back, usually before 48 hours. Hiring a personal fitness trainer is an excellent way to lose weight. Not only will they help you exercise properly and eat better, but just having someone watch over you is often enough to be the difference for some people.