This fall, ABC’s Dancing with the Stars is creating one more season of losers. Nancy Grace is the latest star to report weight loss success because of her work on the hit show. According to People magazine, she has already lost ten pounds. Grace follows in the footsteps of Kirstie Alley, Kyle Massey, Jennie Garth and so many others who have reportedly lost weight by appearing on the show. The publicity has inspired Dancing with the Stars diets and workout routines which have been sold to millions of fans hoping to dance their weight away.
But the key to Dancing with the Stars weight loss success probably has nothing to do with a specific diet or workout. As Nancy Grace reports in People magazine, her workouts get so hectic that she has no time to eat. While skipping meals is not recommended, there are several components of the Dancing with the Stars program that can be applied to any new weight loss program to increase your chances of success.
- Fun. Dancing is fun. “If you would have told me five to seven hours of dance practice was fun, I would have never believed you, but it is,” says Grace. The key to staying on track with a workout program is making the workout fun. Find activities to do with friends, family or people who make you laugh.
- Goal-oriented. There is nothing like a little pressure to help us stay motivated. Most of us will never appear on a network reality show, but by setting a goal and making the goal public, we can increase the chances that we will stick to the workouts that will make the goal achievable. Exercisers in the Twin Cities can sign up for the 15-mile Panjshir Bike Tour and post it on their Facebook wall so that friends can help keep them motivated.
- Schedule. On Dancing with the Stars long workouts are scheduled by trainers and producers. These help to promote weight loss success. But any exerciser can create a weight loss schedule. Take 15 minutes on a Sunday night to schedule a weeks’ worth of healthy meals and exercise sessions. Be sure that the schedule is written out and posted in a place where you will see it every day.
- Consistency. Contestants on Dancing with the Stars know that the show must go on. Consistency is the most significant factor that contributes to weight loss success. Even if a weight loss plan or work out schedule hits a snag, it is important to find a substitute activity and to get back on track as soon as possible. Having a public goal and a written schedule will help exercisers stick to that commitment.