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Sharon Higgins, registered dietitian and media representative for the California Dietetic Assn. in Los Angeles, said there are three important ingredients to a sensible dieting plan. They include: a highly motivated individual; a person ready to set reasonable goals within a time frame that will not doom one for failure, and a person willing to put some effort into collecting personal information, to evaluate the information honestly and to identify steps to change the "fattening habits."
Many of us eat portions that are too large or eat too many of the right-size portions. To control weight, Higgins reports that many dieters find that eating smaller portions often starts a weight loss pattern that is encouraging and begins some serious dieting.
Some additional slimming strategies include keeping a written food record reminder because some dieters find it difficult to remember what they ate for breakfast yesterday morning. A personal food record is a private way of putting the dieter in charge and responsible for oneself. The food record gives valuable information about eating habits in social situations, on weekends, during stress and mood changes. However, Higgins says that a food record is only as helpful as the dieter is honest. It can be the single-most important weight control tool.