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New year, new you?

The Petite Advantage Diet

By Jim Karas, author of The Petite Advantage Diet.

Each and every year, weight loss is the number-one New Year’s Resolution. As over 68 percent of the American population is either obese or overweight, that might include you.

But does it work? Ah, I think you and I know the answer the vast majority of the time.

Why the high non-success rate? The answer to that is simple. Weight loss resolutions fail because they are often far too broad, and don’t include a detailed plan. That’s where I come in.

For over 25 years, I’ve been helping shorter women—5’4” and under—lose weight. I didn’t start out with that in mind, but so often, the women who came to me for weight loss were shorter. You see, being smaller makes every pound that you gain or lose that much more apparent. So, this “weighty” battle is harder to wage if you are a Petite, but don’t stress about that fact. Instead, fight it—and this time, win!

To get Petites started in 2013, I’ve put together a list of ten tips for a healthy new year:

  • Don’t skip breakfast. Research proves that the bigger the breakfast, the less you will eat later in the day when you generally get into trouble at holiday dinners or parties.
  • Eat before the party. If you eat very little before a meal out or party, odds are you are going to GORGE yourself. Hasn’t that happened to all of us in the past?
  • Exercise! Not only do you need to knock off the extra calories, but the new year often brings added stress. Exercise reduces stress so it’s the perfect “one-two” punch.
  •  Use your scale. The moment we think we are up a few pounds, we avoid the scale. Don’t do it. Research proves that “the more you weigh, the less you will weigh.
  • Keep the treats out of eyesight. The more we see, the more we eat. Take, for example, the Hershey’s Kisses experiment with the secretaries:
    • When they put the clear bowl of Kisses on their desk, they ate 14
    • When they put the Kisses in an opaque bowl, they ate 11
    • When they put the Kisses in an opaque bowl 6 feet away, they ate 6

    So get the treats tucked away and out of sight.

  • Get plenty of sleep. DON’T stay up at night to get one more thing done. Get to bed early, as sleep deprivation negatively impacts our hunger hormones.
  • Be a two-fisted drinker. Always drink two ounces of water for every ounce of alcohol. By doing so, you will drink less and feel better in the morning, since the alcohol dehydrates you while you are sleeping and it is breaking down. And since you won’t be puffy due to dehydration, you’ll look better in the morning, too.
  • Skip the hors d’oeuvres. If it’s not crudité or shrimp cocktail, then odds are that they’re the most caloric food offered to you. That’s right; they may be more than the dessert. My grandmother used to make Greek tiropidas, which are the cheese- and butter-filled phyllo dough triangles. The calories had to be off the charts!!!
  • Breathe deeply. Yep, give me a good 10 minutes of deep breathing, even if it’s in the car, train, or cab on the way, and you will reduce your stress hormones and make better food choices.
  • Invite me to your party. I mean it. The moment I arrive, the eating and drinking slows WAY down.

For more, please visit or check out my New York Times bestselling book The Petite Advantage Diet, now available in paperback from HarperOne.


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