Practical weight loss advice from a surprising source

The newest weight loss expert is…Jessica Simpson! She  has been following the Weight Watchers program to lose weight after having a baby and  is set to be their next celebrity spokesperson. In a recent story in USA Today she reveals some smart advice for anyone trying to lose weight:

1. Eating less is the key to success, but totally depriving yourself of food you enjoy is not necessary and may be counter-productive. According to the article:

Simpson is “eating less of everything,” but “I don’t believe in completely depriving yourself.”

2. It may be best to avoid certain foods that you know you will overeat. For Simpson, it is macaroni and cheese.

Since joining Weight Watchers, she hasn’t eaten macaroni and cheese. “It’s better not to have it at the moment.”

3. Satisfy cravings with small portions of favorite foods. Many people find that totally eliminating things they really like leads to massive cravings and overeating. Small portions here and there can reduce this chance.

“I’m a woman who wants her chocolate. I allot myself a fun-size (bag) M&Ms. I eat one of those, and my craving is satisfied. I don’t need the whole bag of M&Ms.”

4. Exercise everyday. Research shows that a minimum of 60 minutes per day of moderate-intensity exercise (a brisk walk, for example) is needed to lose weight and keep it off. Simpson does exactly that:
Besides monitoring her food intake, Simpson says, she’s doing about 60 minutes of cardio exercise a day, mostly walking.
5. She has the support of family and friends, something that is essential for long-term success:
She has Weight Watchers meetings in her home with her mom, Tina, and several good friends — 14 people in all. By late August, they had collectively lost 160 pounds, she says. “It’s nice to do it together and motivate each other.”
I have always thought that the real weight loss experts are people who have been successful losing weight and keeping it off. It doesn’t matter what program of diet you follow, the real key to success is modifying behavior. It looks like Jessica Simpson is on that path and has smart advice for anyone who wants to lose weight.

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