6 “Success Strategies” to Help Achieve Your New Year’s Weight Loss Resolutions + Giveaway

Looking to turn your New Year’s weight loss resolution into reality? These six proven success strategies from Cynthia Stamper Graff, author of lean for lifeThe New Lean for Life, will help give you a jump start on losing weight and becoming healthier in 2014.

1. Weigh yourself daily. It’s a lot easier to stay on course when you have information. Weighing yourself every morning lets you know exactly where you stand—and whether the changes you’ve made in how you eat are working.

2. Stay hydrated. Your thirst signals and hunger signals are controlled by the same region of brain, called the hypothalamus. When you’re dehydrated, your brain can easily mistake thirst for hunger. The Lean for Life program recommends drinking 80 ounces of water or other calorie-free beverages every day.

3. Write down your goal—and your motivations for achieving it.  Results follow focus. Creating Motivator Cards that list your top 3-5 reasons for losing weight—and then placing those cards in your car, on your bathroom mirror and anywhere else you’re likely to see them—is a great way to remind yourself of the benefits you’ll enjoy as you lose weight.

4. Get your ZZZs. Getting plenty of sleep allows your brain to balance the production of your appetite hormones and keep your metabolism running at optimal speed. A lack of sleep can deregulate appetite hormones, impair your body’s ability to regulate blood sugar levels, and spike your cortisol levels, which may promote belly fat and increase appetite.

5. Get off the couch. The next time you experience a food craving, take a 10-minute walk and see what happens. Even short bursts of moderate physical activity can help reduce cravings and promote weight loss. The Lean for Life program recommends 10,000 steps a day.

6. Be the first to order. When you’re out at a restaurant with friends, read the menu carefully, make healthy choices, and do your best to order first. That way, you won’t be influenced or tempted to change your mind and “have what she’s having.”

Adopt these strategies—and others featured in The New Lean for Life—and you could soon find yourself weighing less and feeling healthier!

Giveaway: We have 2 copies of The New Lean for Life available to be won! To enter, simply tell us which tip you plan to use to help stay lean for life. We will choose 2 winners from all eligible comments by random draw. Contest closes January 19 at 11:59 pm and the winner will announced here on January 20. Open to residents of the US and Canada. For full official rules, click here.

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Comments ( 12 )
  1. Sharon
    January 8, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    Stay hydrated

  2. maria
    January 14, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Stay hydrated and get enough sleep!! Those are easy and do-able.

  3. maria
    January 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Stay hydrated and get enough sleep!! Those are easy and do-able. Not sure if my comment posted.

  4. Natalie
    January 14, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    I’m going to try tip #5 and take a 10 minute walk next time I get a craving

  5. Christine L.
    January 14, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    I need to get more sleep. Lately I’ve been sleeping in chunks rather than for a 7- to 8-hour stretch … I’ll sleep for 4 hours at night and end up needing an hour-long nap after work, which doesn’t add up to sufficient rest. I also need to get off the couch, or rather out of my desk chair at work.

  6. Kim
    January 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    I choose weigh myself daily.

  7. Denise B
    January 14, 2014 at 9:03 pm

    Be the first to order, that is a great idea, when other people order first, it tempts you to change from your original plan. Great idea!

  8. Nicole
    January 14, 2014 at 9:50 pm

    Tip 5 to get off the couch! I’m planning to walk a minimum of 30 min each day!

  9. bn100
    January 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    tip #2

  10. veRONIca
    January 16, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Get off the couch! I find I nibble because I’m bored. But I have already tried a few times and if I get up and do something even as simple as jumping jacks, it distracts me. Definitely works!

  11. Lori
    January 17, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    Tip #4

  12. Amy
    January 20, 2014 at 11:33 am

    The giveaway is now closed — thanks to everyone who entered! The two winners of THE NEW LEAN FOR LIFE are:

    Natalie and veRONIca! Congrats! Please check your email for a message from me.
    ~Amy from Harlequin

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