Dear Diary, Thank You for Helping Me Lose Weight…

SubscribeButton-webdiaryTo lose weight, it’s important to pull together the right tools first. One essential basic is a food diary. Don’t write it off as an optional, “if I get around to it” part of your day. Keeping a food diary can have as much impact on weight loss as cutting out a giant bowl of ice cream every night. Continue reading “Dear Diary, Thank You for Helping Me Lose Weight…”

Ahoy! Simple Snack Solutions

SubscribeButton-websnack solutionsGreat news on the weight loss front: snacks are an important part of your weight loss plan. As long as you don’t indulge with wild abandon, snacks can satisfy your treat cravings so you don’t feel deprived. And that means you’re less likely to jump ship on your weight loss voyage. The key is to pay attention to what you’re eating, savor every bite, and keep track of your daily calories. Continue reading “Ahoy! Simple Snack Solutions”

Get Back on the Weight Loss Wagon

SubscribeButton-webweight loss band wagonGet-togethers, vacations and more unstructured schedules may have thrown your weight-loss efforts off track. But don’t give up. Take action now to start eating healthy again. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to get back in the slimming swing of things. Continue reading “Get Back on the Weight Loss Wagon”

Practical, Proven Ways to Lose Weight

In today’s marketplace, hundreds of weight loss gimmicks and deprivation diets clamor for your attention promising lightning-fast weight loss. Unfortunately, most of these are unhealthy — even dangerous — options that may cause you to lose a few pounds quickly, but result in even faster boomerang weight gain once you go back to normal living. Continue reading “Practical, Proven Ways to Lose Weight”

For Successful Weight Loss, It’s Mind Over Munching

Many people start a weight loss program gung-ho, ruthlessly slashing calories, skipping meals and living on carrots and diet soda. By week two, this cold-turkey approach starts to wear on your resolve — not to mention your health and energy. So by week three, you’re a weight loss drop out.
If weight loss was on your resolution list last year and you still haven’t been able to check it off, maybe it’s time to rethink your weight loss mindset. Here are some tips to keep you going strong toward your weight loss goal with mind over munching.
Make it simple. A diet should fit easily into your lifestyle. Your diet plan shouldn’t be so strict or difficult to follow that it becomes work. Being required to eat strange foods or follow complicated recipes as part of a diet is a fast-track to failure because it becomes unsustainable when real life knocks on your door.
Plan to cheat. To stick with a weight loss plan, plan to cheat now and then. Why shouldn’t you have some birthday cake at your child’s party? Allow some wiggle room in your diet for foods you enjoy or set aside an occasional “cheat” meal or treat. That way you’re more likely to stick with your weight loss plan in the long run.
Set small, manageable goals. Start with 5 or 10 pounds as your first goal so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Once you’ve achieved that milestone, focus on the next weight loss increment. Breaking weight loss into smaller bites makes it easier to stick with it.
Set a deadline. An upcoming class reunion is one of the biggest carrots to dangle for weight loss motivation. You could also pick a target such as your next birthday or beach vacation to meet your weight loss goal. However, make sure the weight loss goal is realistic for the date you have set. Trying to lose 20 pounds in one month is a sure-fire way to fail. Plan to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week for more achievable, lasting results.
Get moving. Regular exercise can boost your motivation along with your metabolism. It will put you in a better mind frame to make smarter food choices. For example, after an invigorating hour-long walk, do you really feel like undoing the good you’ve just done by gorging on a fat slice of cheesecake? Not likely.
Write it down. A food diary is proven to help people be more successful losing weight. It holds you accountable for everything you put in your mouth. You can see when and why you’re eating to get to the root of emotional eating so you can deal with it more effectively. Remember, knowledge is power!
Slow down. It takes about 15 minutes after eating for your brain to register that it’s satisfied. Eat slowly so your brain can catch up with your stomach to signal you that it’s time to put down the fork.
Focus on the food. When you’re eating, don’t allow distractions like driving, reading or Internet surfing because your brain will have trouble recognizing the amount of the food you’re consuming. Paying attention to what you’re eating and savoring each bite means you’ll feel more satisfied and will recognize the fullness factor sooner.
Seeing is believing. Much as we hate to see pictures of ourselves when we’re overweight, you need to keep a “before” photo handy so you can clearly see your progress. Also, write down your starting weight. Every month, look at your “before” picture and glance at your starting weight to see how far you’ve come. If you’re using a food diary, go back to the beginning and read your comments to see how you’ve evolved. Then look forward to your slim-and-trim “after” photo to flaunt!
Celebrate victories. As you achieve each weight loss milestone on the way to your goal, be sure to reward yourself. Stop for a manicure, buy a belt in a smaller size, or treat yourself to flowers or a movie. Then look forward to celebrating again at your next milestone!
Choose a healthy partner. Reliv’s Slimplicity® Weight Loss System is an ideal partner to help you reach your weight loss goals. A delicious, satisfying shake for lunch combined with Accelerator capsules before each meal help boost your metabolism, burn more fat and control your appetite. The plan includes a pedometer to encourage walking, a food and exercise journal and ongoing support so you can stay on track to lose weight safely and effectively. The Slimplicity system easily fits into your daily life to help you make smarter, healthier lifestyle choices as you lose weight and reap the rewards.