(NC) - When it comes to weight loss, a bunch of small changes add up to big results. "Making small changes one at a time is a great strategy," agrees Dr. Howard Rankin, psychologist and author of Inspired to Lose (Step Wise Press, 2001). "It's not overwhelming, and it results in a slower, more steady weight loss."
Need a few pointers? Weight Watchers lists 10 Small Changes to improve weight loss results:
Drink at least 8 cups of water a day (Your skin will look great, too!)
Order half portions at restaurants, or share a full portion with somebody.
Limit fried foods to once or twice per week.
Replace ground beef with chicken or turkey.
Measure your portions until you're sure you know what a cup, a half-cup, and a tablespoon look like.
Dip your fork in a side of salad dressing before each bite, instead of pouring it directly on your salad. You'll find that you are satisfied with much less than you usually put on.
Make sure to eat something for breakfast - every morning!
Read food labels and check serving sizes.
Add vegetables to everything.
Plan meals in advance; use that information to make out a complete shopping list.