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SPR 2017

Spirit of Women magazine is a national publication presented to women by hospitals and their physicians. The magazine provides up-to-date, evidence-based healthcare information and promotes our hospitals as leaders in women's health excellence.

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26 SHUTTERSTOCK THINK By Bev Bennett Spirit Health Coach small(er): E at only in the mornings. Enroll in a celebrity-endorsed program. Put the kibosh on carbohydrates. From websites to friends of friends, someone always claims to have discovered the perfect weight-loss strategy. But the only one-size-fits-all solution for shedding excess pounds, say nutrition experts, is doing what you know you can follow through on. That's essential because "the ability to comply with a diet is the biggest predictor of success," says Michelle Cardel, who is a registered dietitian and assistant professor at the University of Florida College of Medicine, Department of Health Outcomes and Policy, Gainesville, Fla. "There are a variety of ways to lose weight that can all be effective," says Cardel. But as much as you may pledge to change your eating and exercise habits, your best intentions will likely fall short if you can't stick with the plan. You're more likely to succeed if you're motivated, know yourself, set goals and avoid rigidity, according to nutrition experts. STEP 1: Find a specific motivation There's a difference between external and internal motivators, according to Marjorie Nolan Cohn, a Philadelphia-based registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 4 steps to creating a mindset for weight loss

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