10 easy ways to lose weight

Story highlights

  • Treat yourself by eating right and working out regularly, registered dietitian says
  • Weight loss should come from a series of lifestyle changes, rather than a diet
  • Willpower is a limited resource, so always have a plan in place to fight cravings
  • Be realistic about your weight loss; even a small amount can help your health

(CNN)Dawn Jackson Blatner, a registered dietitian and nutritionist for the Chicago Cubs, is trying to change the meaning of the phrase, "Treat yo'self."

Most people treat themselves by indulging in a gallon of ice cream or by lounging around the house, watching TV. Blatner wants "treat yourself" to mean exactly the opposite. Her definition is designed to give you more energy, help you lose weight and keep your body healthy.
"It's preplanning your grocery list. It's being in the grocery store and buying foods that nourish your body. It's eating mindfully," she told the audience at the Obesity Action Coalition's annual Your Weight Matters convention. "Those are really good things that when you do them, it's treating yourself right."
    In other words, you deserve to feel good and look good, Blatner says. So putting in five or 10 minutes to plan your meals for the upcoming week or spending 30 minutes at the gym is the ultimate act of self-love.
    "There's no bigger gesture in this world that says, 'You know what, Dawn? You matter.'"