Happy 2014. If you resolved to lose weight this year, you’re in good company: It’s the most common New Year’s resolution. So Fox News interviewed celebrity diet experts on Dec. 31 to get their insights on how to achieve that goal.
From Dr. Mehmet Oz’s personal trainer to Sandra Bullock’s exercise guru, here’s what the experts have to say:
- Set a concrete goal. “For example, ‘Lose 15 pounds by my high school reunion on May 15th,'” suggests Dr. Mehmet Oz’s trainer Joel Harper, creator of “Joel Harper’s Slim & Fit.”
- Fill up with fiber. “One study found that even with no other dietary modifications, people who added 14 grams of fiber lost an average amount of four pounds over as many months,” says celebrity nutritionist JJ Virgin, author of “The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days.”
- Keep a food journal to “keep you accountable,” says Simone De La Rue, who has helped sculpt the bodies of Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, and Karolina Kurkova, and has an upcoming book “Body By Simone: The 8-Week Total-Body-Makeover Plan.”
- Think positive. “The goal is to start adding positive habits and reinforcements along the way,” says trainer Kristin McGee, who has worked with Tina Fey and LeAnn Rimes and created the “Weight Loss Pilates” fitness DVD.
- Stop eating two to three hours before bed, says JJ. “Take a hot bath and read a trashy novel rather than take a late-hour kitchen detour.”
- Gradually build in new goals. “Try and eliminate one thing from your diet, like replacing dairy milk with almond milk in your coffee or cereal,” says De La Rue. “Going cold turkey usually ends in breaking the rules two days later.”
What if you’re a parent? Registered dietitian Maryann Jacobsen has a message for you: Be careful when it comes to diets for kids. Reporting on Dec. 31 in the Huffington Post, she emphasized that new studies have shown children as young as three years old have negative body images.
According to one study, 45 percent of girls revealed that their mothers forced them to diet. Moreover, more than 50 percent said they were teased about their weight by their own family. That type of fat-shaming is linked to higher body weights and eating disorders, says Maryann, co-author of “Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School.”
What can you do? Don’t try to push diets on your children or send the message that weight loss is “good.” Instead, encourage everyone in your family to “eat better, achieve good health and maintain healthier weights.”