75 Great Weight-Loss Tips

By , By Woman's Day Staff

Diet fads come and go, but sensible slim-down ideas stand the test of time. Follow these—collected from our past 75 years—to drop pounds and keep them off for good.

The Golden Rules

1. Don't skip meals. When you get too hungry, you're less likely to make healthy choices. October 2010

2. Never go on a diet when you're under a lot of stress. April 1974

3. Ideally, you should try to lose no more than 1 to 2 pounds a week. January 1954

4. A short bout of exercise each day is more effective than longer, less frequent periods. June 1939

5. To lose weight for good, know that you can't go back to your old eating habits. You'll need to change your lifestyle. April 1974

6. Eating too little can backfire. Never have less than 1,200 calories a day—or you may slow down your metabolism. April 2006

7. Don't grocery-shop when you're hungry. You're likely to make high-fat, low-nutrient impulse purchases. January 1994

8. For a fit and toned figure, dieting alone isn't enough. You also need to exercise. February 1979

9. A slipup doesn't have to lead to an entire day of overeating. Resolve to make better choices at your next meal. December 2010

10. Cut down, not out: Trim portions of food instead of removing entire categories (carbs, fats, etc.). January 1966

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    I always eat from a smaller plate. I make a date with myself to workout. I feel these are 2 of the best tips. Also get the junk food out of the house too. Report
    It sounds like way too much to tackle at once, but I'm young yet and still have a lot of life yet to live. If I just focused on one of these every couple of weeks for the next two years, I could really turn my life around! Report
    Great Tips. Report
    Brush teeth or gargle with mouthwash when the urge or temptation strikes. Nothing will taste good after that good hygiene practice and it is healthy !! Report
    Sometimes we just need to be reminded of things... thanks for the blog! Report
    My grandmother (who has been gone for over 35 years) always said, "Just eat little bits all day long instead of 3 big meals." She never had a weight problem! I sometimes find it hard to eat 5-6 times a day. But, I remind myself of what Grandma used to say, and I preplan my meals & snacks accordingly. Guess she knew what she was talking about! ;) Report
    I agree with dirtybunny. When you think you're hungry, drink a glass of water. You may not really be.
    This is a fun article, interesting how long some of this advice has been going around... Report
    Great tips. Report
    These were some very helpful tips. Its so easy to get so busy you just eat on the go or eat too much and portions are everything! Great info thank you! Report
    Drink a glass of water before you eat an impulse item. More often than not, you're simply dehydrated, not hungry. That little pause helps you to be more mindful of what you're putting into your body. Report
    Good tips. Report
    Fabulous article..all of these "maxims" ring so true..important to renew the motivation in us. Portion control so important and to be able, if you fall, to get right up and start your program anew the next morning rather than give up!! Thanks for this article. Report
    Reading this article has given me some good ideas-- also more importantly it has renewed my motivation. Report
    Not much has changed in 75 years...but one thing remains constant, portion control and exercise are a necessary part of everyone's llifestyle. Report
    Interesting how long some of this has been around...and how little it was/is heeded! #2 is a problem as stated--to "go on a diet" is NEVER a good idea, stressed or not, which is why #5 is better said. Report
    Number 10 for me i.e. watch my portion sizes. For me, watching my portions is the difference between maintaining my weight and watching it creep back up.

    Also, I'm surprized that eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each day didn't rate in the top ten. I know that when I eat more veggies, not only is that good for my health, it's good for my waistline too. Report
    All I can say is Number 1 and Number 7. Those two affect me more than anything else I think. I've signed on to the rest of it and am getting excited for I start my half marathon training this week for the PT side of the house; but number 1 and 7 are the two on the "diet" side that trip me up every time. Report
    Were I to have applied number 9 to my life consistently, I would have spared myself a lot of disappointment and extra pounds. I really need to focus on that one during this time back on the wagon!!! Report
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