It's a common fear among overweight women in the television industry who must appear on camera: Will their weight threaten their fate? A successful entrepreneur who helps women start small businesses and host of the weekly "Steals and Deals" segment on "Good Morning America," Tory Johnson had always struggled with her weight. Then came a turning point that caused her to resolve to take off the pounds permanently. The result: More than 72 pounds lost in about 20 months. Now Tory has chronicled her 12-month weight loss story in a new book: "The Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life" (click for details). We're sharing the skinny below.
What caused Tory to take charge of her weight: Her boss offered to send her to a stylist. "What I heard, even though she never used those words, was, 'Lose weight or lose your job.'" Trying to hold onto her resolve, Tory experienced one of those snack attacks that can derail a dieter permanently. Tory's solution: Nail polish.
"I thought to myself, 'I never polish my nails,'" explained Tory, recalling how she saw the little bottle of clear nail polish that turned out to be her weight loss lifesaver. After she delayed her binge by polishing her nails, she had to wait "because you can't put wet nails in a bag of chips." And in that time, her craving vanished. Lesson learned: Taking a pause diminished those cravings.
Now she offers these tips to other would-be weight loss winners:
- Get on the scale daily.
- Take a break before you give in.
- Study nutritional labels.
- Use Tory's nail polish trick.
- Use safe snacks and keep them available, such as sour pickles and celery with peanut butter.
- Don't cheat.
- Day one can be today.