It’s amazing how just a handful of small changes to everyday habits can add up to big rewards. I’ve mentioned before that when someone tells me they’re ready for major diet changes and lifestyle overhaul, I usually tell them to proceed with caution. There are a couple of reasons for this. For one thing, when you try to make too many diet changes at once, you run the risk of—if you’ll excuse the pun—biting off more than you can chew. I think that once you’re successful at making a change, no matter how small, it gives you the confidence to keep going and to keep chipping away at new challenges. On top of that, just a handful of small changes to your everyday habits can add up to bigger rewards than you might think.
Here’s a way to look at it. Think of the changes you’re going to make in your lifestyle as an investment. You could rely on an aggressive strategy that might give you quick rewards, but there’s also a high risk that it won’t. On the other hand, you could diversify and use a blend of strategies that are more likely to give you the results you’re after, even though it may take a little longer. So, when you’re investing in your health for the long term, slow and steady usually wins the race.
When you take a closer look at the foods you routinely eat, and your everyday exercise patterns, it’s amazing how just a few diet changes can add up to big rewards. Here are some recent changes I worked out with a patient of mine—enough to lead to the loss of 60 pounds in a year.
These are the kinds of desired losses that can come with simple diet changes.
Susan is the Sr. Director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife, where she is responsible for the development of nutrition education and training materials, and is one of the primary authors of the Herbalife-sponsored blog, www.discovergoodnutrition.com. She is a Registered Dietitian and holds two Board Certifications from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as a Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, and a Certified Specialist in Obesity and Weight Management. Susan is also a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Susan graduated with distinction in biology from the University of Colorado, and received her master’s degree in Food Science and Nutrition from Colorado State University. She then completed her dietetic internship at the University of Kansas. Susan has taught extensively and developed educational programs targeted to individuals, groups and industry in her areas of expertise, including health promotion, weight management and sports nutrition.
Prior to her role at Herbalife, she was the assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition, and has held appointments as adjunct professor in nutrition at Pepperdine University and as lecturer in nutrition in the Department of Food Science and Nutrition at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Susan was a consultant to the (then) Los Angeles Raiders for six seasons, and was a contributing columnist for the Los Angeles Times Health Section for two years. She is a co-author of 23 research papers, 14 book chapters, and was a co-author of two books for the public: “What Color is Your Diet?” and “The L.A. Shape Diet” by Dr. David Heber, published by Harper Collins in 2001 and 2004, respectively.