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Clear Off Your Workout Equipment
Don’t use your treadmill as an extra closet. If you have to spend even a few seconds removing a pile of clothes, you’re less likely to work out. “I call this the 20-second rule,” says positive-psychology researcher Shawn Achor, the author of the forthcoming book Before Happiness ($26, amazon.com). “My research shows that if you shave even 20 seconds off the time that it takes to do something, the likelihood that you’ll do it is much greater.”
Donate Any “Fat Clothes”
“They send subtle signals that you don’t expect to keep off any weight that you've lost,” says Liz Josefsberg, the director of brand advocacy for Weight Watchers. And, obviously, if you’re wearing bigger clothes, you can’t keep tabs on your weight by keeping tabs on your waistband. You may not even register a gain without that reality check. Wansink cites a prison warden who reported that prisoners who wore loose jumpsuits realized they had gained weight only when they tried to get back into their former clothes.