Saturday, August 23, 2008

5 Reasons Why You May Not Be Losing Weight

It's frustrating to be constantly dieting and never really reaching your goal! It seems as though you are watching what you are eat, exercise, checking labels, keeping in mind your food choices Are you really? There is more to factor in than you may think.

1. Die - it!
Thinking about dieting? Yuck! How about this instead? Changing your weight is the same as making a lifestyle change. So why not make a commitment to healthy choices, instead of diet? For some just the word "diet" means sacrifice, deprivation, suffering. Is that how you want to spend the rest of your life? I can speak for myself in saying "no". Now might be a good time to reposition, re-frame and create a life full of abundant choices of which you will begin to focus on making "good for you" choices. Think about this. We are connected to nature. Nature is constantly changing, summer is nearing it's end and fall is just around the corner. You too change, grow and start over as the season changes, just like all beautiful things in nature. Starting over or restarting is a good thing!

2. Labels: Check for 5.
Simple solution. Dr. David Katz, Nutrition Detectives suggests check for 5. High-fructose corn syrup, trans fats (hydrogenated oils), long list of ingredients on labels and beware health claims.

3. Eat food from home.
Keep only healthy foods in your home. The more foods you eat or bring from home the more control you have over your food choices. Take food with you to work, in the car even to the restaurant. Take your own bottle of dressing for the salad, ask for extra fresh fruits, veggies. Keep restaurant food in the restaurant. If that seems wasteful to you order smaller portions or share a lunch with your friend. Order water instead of tea (dehydrating) or sugary drinks (calories & dehydrating). Another benefit is these activities are good for your budget too!

4. Be mindful.
Awareness. A lot can be said for being an "informed consumer". Most of the time eating is mindless. When it comes to food there is deception and confusion fueled by the food industry. You know this by really watching and looking at the ads by the food industry. Does anyone really think cereal with high fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils is good for you even if the box says "Heart Healthy"? Your job is to see your way through all of the "food mix up". The activity that will make an immediate impact on your weight is to have knowledge (learn about food) , make a plan (think first) then act according to your "healthy eating" goal.

5. Get a buddy or a coach.
A buddy means accountability. The most successful weight loss programs are in a group setting. Weight Watchers is a great example, as are many others. The reason program is so successful is each week you weight yourself in front of someone else. If a group setting, or a friend does not seem suitable to your lifestyle then a health coach is the solution you may be looking for. Whether you choose a support group, a buddy or a health coach each provides support, reassurance and will keep you accountable to the goals you have set in different degrees. Accountability is transforming. Accountability is the difference between success and failure.

Food for thought: I start every morning by adding the whole food nutrition of Juice Plus+ to my daily routine. No matter what happens during the day I now I am doing something healthy each and every day of my life. It's the little things in the long run that add up to big changes.

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