1. Keep Eating: Our nutrition director Sam Cassetty explained to me that if I totally change my diet then resume normal eating, I’ll just regain any weight I lose. So, for example, I’m not swearing off all carbs, but I’m having sensible portions of whole-grains.
2. Cut the Junk: I don’t eat anything that isn’t really delicious. If I take a bite of a chocolate I got for Christmas and it’s not great, I toss it. To avoid wastefulness (and save money!), I avoid buying less-than-the-best sweets and treats and generally avoid processed junk food and fast food.
3. Indulge Just a Little: Not going to stop enjoying stuff I love (see #1), but I’m having less of the good stuff (see #2). So, instead of 3 strips of Nueske’s bacon, I’ll have 1.
4. Dine Out Less: I eat for a living, so I can’t–and don’t want to–avoid restaurants. Over the holidays, I travelled and dined out once or twice a day. I’m scaling back to once or twice a week. And only eating dishes really worth having (again, see #2).
5. Cook More: Having both worked in restaurant kitchens and developed recipes for home cooks, I promise you that your from-scratch meals are almost always going to be leaner and less caloric. Plus, I find that I have less of an appetite if I’ve just prepared the meal myself.
I’m two pounds down with more to go, but this plan worked out the first time I had to lose weight this past fall. Of course, I exercised too…more on that next time.