It seems like there's a new weight loss study released every day, so it's no wonder why we're all so confused. There are so many different schools of thought, how could you know which is right? The truth is, although we're learning new things every day, the basic tenants of healthy eating haven't changed in hundreds of years:

  • Mother Nature produces the best health food around.
  • In order to be healthy, you must exercise.

Sure, following the rules falls into the category of “easier said than done,” but that's why I was so pleased to see the results of a recent study in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Researchers took a close look at many dieting methods, and found three things that stood out. The best news is that while these things are simple and take very little effort, according to the study, they're also highly effective. The rules are:

  1. Keep a journal: Participants who were diligent about keeping food logs lost an average of six pounds more than those who weren't.
  2. Don't skip meals: Those who ate three meals a day lost an average of eight pounds more than the women who skipped meals.
  3. Avoid restaurant food: Restaurant food often contains more fat, calories and sodium than food prepared at home, so it's no surprise that women who ate away from home at least once per week lost an average of five fewer pounds than those who didn't.

Although these are simple tips, I know that a busy schedule can sometimes stand in the way of doing the right thing. So here are some tips for following these rules, regardless of what else is happening in your life.