How the pros drop five pounds—fast!
STEP ON THE SCALE ONCE A WEEK
Dietitians say this keeps them aware of when they’ve gained a few pounds, so they can instantly employ their favorite calorie-cutting weight-loss strategies to get back on track.
DIETITIANS ARE HUMAN TOO
They gain weight on vacation, eat when they’re stressed out and have to shimmy into their jeans just like the rest of us. But they also know what to do when their pants get tighter. Several of the country’s top nutritionists and dietitians share how they shed a few pounds—fast.
Declare the kitchen off limits
“When I need to lose weight, I have a small salad or some vegetables for dinner. Afterward, I declare the kitchen off-limits for the rest of the evening. Most people gain weight from the ‘recreational’ eating they do at night.” Katherine T., R.D.; author of Diet Simple: 192 Mental Tricks, Substitutions, Habits & Inspirations ; Height: 5’2″ Weight: 110 lb. Age: 46
Limit restaurant dining
“I limit my restaurant dining to no more than once a week. Cooking my own meals helps me control how much fat I’m eating.” Kathy M., R.D.; Height: 5’3″ Weight: 112 lb. Age: 51
Switch to sugar-free gelatin
“I often have dessert—an almond biscotto or a handful of dried fruit. But when I need to lose weight, I switch to sugar-free gelatin. At just 15
calories per cup, it saves me a lot of calories.” Elisabetta P., M.P.H., R.D.; Height: 5’5″ Weight: 120 lb. Age: 46
Keep eating records
“Before a vacation, I keep a week’s worth of eating records. When I return, they refresh my memory of what my normal eating patterns are.” Kristine C., Ph.D., R.D.; Height: 5’7″ Weight: 132 lb. Age: 51
“I eliminate alcohol, except for one glass of wine on the weekend. Alcohol stimulates my appetite, so it’s easier to lose when I don’t have it.” Kathleen Z., M.P.H., R.D.; Height: 5’7″ Weight: 126 lb. Age: 50
“I substitute a calorie-controlled meal replacement for one or two meals a day. I look for options that have fewer than 350 calories, less than 4 grams
of saturated fat and 10 or more grams of protein.” Dawn J., R.D.; Height: 5’7″ Weight: 123 lb. Age: 29
Increase fruits and vegetables
“I up my intake of fruits, vegetables and seafood. Before dinner, I may have a handful of sweet grape tomatoes, baby carrots or a crunchy apple to help cut my appetite.” Georgia K., M.P.H., R.D. Author of The Cooper Clinic Solution to the Diet Revolution; Height: 5’1″ Weight: 105 lb. Age: 49