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6 Things You Have to Give Up to Keep Weight Off

Juice fasting, low-carb, Paleo, the Master Cleanse—if you’re
someone who struggles with her weight, you might always be looking for
the hot new diet that will magically make it all easier. Sorry to break
it to you, but staying slim and healthy is usually about making a
commitment to lasting lifestyle changes—not the latest trendy diet.
Fiorella DiCarlo, R.D., pinpoints the bad habits you need to break to
finally see lasting results. Source:]

Banning a Food
Everyone has an all-time favorite junk food or an item that you can’t
stop eating once you start. But crossing it off your grocery list
forever will only heighten its appeal. “Try not to restrict any food
from your diet because they will become more attractive when they are
forbidden,” says DiCarlo. “Instead, allow yourself the food in
moderation.” Granted, you know your own habits. If you’re certain you
will eat a whole box of cookies if it’s sitting in your pantry, then you
should only buy yourself one cookie. And when you’re consuming it, eat
it mindfully. “Slowly enjoy every aspect of flavor, texture, and aroma
so you are truly satisfied,” says DiCarlo.

Skimping on Sleep
If you’ve ever felt bleary-eyed at your desk and inhaled an entire
croissant without even paying any attention to what you were doing, you
know that your sleep affects your eating habits. “Sleep loss is the
number-one culprit that can throw your hunger cues out of whack,” says
DiCarlo. The good news? This may be the most enjoyable habit to
break—and the benefits of getting enough sleep can extend into all part
of your life.

Crash Dieting
You’re in a wedding next weekend and know that only eating cottage
cheese will kill five pounds, easy. Or everyone in your office is trying
the juice cleanse, and you feel almost left out if you don’t
participate. Resist the urge. Strict diets are unhealthy, but there’s
more to it than that: “Studies show they don’t work, they slow your
metabolism, and you will gain all the weight back,” says DiCarlo. If
it’s making you dizzy with hunger, it’s definitely not a long-term

Binge Drinking
Getting drunk and then housing a pizza might be a behavior associated
with college life, but that doesn’t mean you stopped at age 22. “Alcohol
lowers inhibitions and therefore increases mindless eating,” says
DiCarlo. “To curb this, don’t drink on empty stomach, pace yourself, and
keep healthier snacks in the fridge for when you get home and defenses
are down.”

Skipping Meals
It seems like simple math, right? If you skip lunch and eat a normal
dinner, you just saved a ton of calories. But that’s not how it works.
“Your hunger hormone—ghrelin—and satiety hormone—leptin—work best when
nourished every four hours,” says DiCarlo. “If not, they go out of whack
and can cause overeating later.” Try planning your meals ahead of time,
especially on days you know you’ll be crazy busy and might be likely to

Eating Fat-Free Foods
It’s a bit of a holdover from the ’90s, but low-fat cheese, butter, and
cookies might still be hanging out in your kitchen right now. Remember
that fat is not the bad guy.
“We need fat to keep us full and promote satiety,” says DiCarlo.
“Removing fat from food will leave us craving more and overeating
later.” Picking fat-free versions of certain foods can even cause you to
take in fewer nutrients from them. “Removing fat from foods like dairy
prevents absorption of important fat-soluble vitamins like A and D—and
calcium, as well.”