People often mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like noshing, reach for water first. Drinking also helps you feel full. Some experts suggest sipping water (or iced tea) just before you sit down to a meal. Continue drinking as you eat to add volume and weight to your meal.
Set realistic goals
One or two pounds a week maximum is doable. Top weight-loss programs advocate stopping after the first ten pounds and maintaining that loss for about six months before trying to lose any more. Reminder: this is the season to gain weight—here’s how much we pack on.