Dangerous crash diets may lead to short-term weight loss, but dropping extra pounds for the long haul can be trickier.
Attaining a new shape does mean adhering to some old advice small, steady changes in eating and exercise habits are still the best predictors of lasting weight loss, experts say. But that doesn’t mean dieting needs to be boring.
A few smart tricks incorporated into a healthier lifestyle can help. Here are some fresh tactics for shaving pounds, including a few that put a new spin on the tried-and-true.
Say no to numbers
When the ingredient list on packaged food includes numbers, put it down. Ingredients that include numbers as part of their names usually identify an item as a “convenience food” that’s full of fat and preservatives, said Dr. Carson Liu, a Los Angeles-based bariatric surgeon.
“If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s very, very difficult to do so with processed foods,” Liu said, because they have so many carbs, sugars and hidden ingredients.”
For the same reason, Liu recommends shutting the door on meal deliveries, whether they’re a month’s worth of diet food hyped on TV or a triple cheeseburger from a greasy spoon.
“It’s an unsustainable and extremely costly habit,”