http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/more-4065-worth-expert-weight-loss-advice-140600028.html More Than $4,065 Worth of Expert Weight-Loss Advice Can't take a five-day time-out from your busy life to focus solely on shedding pounds? The pros from Canyon Ranch, a famous wellness center, share their tips for making nutritious eating and exercise changes stick. By Holly Corbett, REBDOOK. Led by the former Surgeon General of the U.S. and offering over 40 fitness classes each day as part of a plan that integrates Western and Eastern medicine, Canyon Ranch has one of the country's most comprehensive and forward-thinking programs in the U.S. Set in the beauty of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts, the new weeklong Jumpstart to a Healthier Life Program offers the perfect environment in which to take stock of your health and finally reach your goals. This is what they have to teach you (minus the $4,000-plus price tag). Make just one change to start If you try to say, eliminate all sugar from your diet cold turkey, you'll likely become overwhelmed, give up all together, and dive into a plate of your co-worker's addictive brownies. Instead, make a viable action plan by setting a more realistic weight-loss goal. Try this simple exercise from Sharon Alpert LICSW, a life management therapist, to help you get there: 1. Jot down three specific things you're currently doing that are in line with your goal, such as walking 15 minutes three times a week. 2. List three things you're doing that conflict with your goal, like drinking three glasses of wine of night. 3. Choose one thing on the first list that you can do more of, such as say, tacking on five minutes to each of your walks. 4. Choose one thing on the second list that you can do less of, such as cutting back to two glasses of wine a night. Once you start taking these small but realistic steps, you'll build a positive momentum toward even greater change.