But misery loves company. That's why one of the best ways to force ourselves to stick to a healthy eating or fitness regime is to share the pain.
The buddy system works for exercise too. I enlisted a friend to start running with me. It's a lot harder to say, "I think I'll order a pizza and watch the game," when someone else is waiting in her shorts to go for a run.
For Lerner, the key to losing weight for good was a support group and learning "I was eating for all the wrong reasons. … Food is not a reward."
In my own lifetime of weight struggles, I've had the most success with the support and flexibility of Weight Watchers. But, there are many other programs and groups to try. Or, just a single faithful friend can make all the difference.
Here are some more tips from Lerner:
• Don't be ashamed to ask for help.
• Find ways of coping that do not involve food.
• Losing even a single pound is a big deal.
• Don't beat yourself up if you stumble; start over.
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