The holidays are over and now what? Do you feel like a big stuffed turkey still? Well, you could go on an extreme weight loss plan whose results might last you until the following weekend, or you can slowly chip away at smaller goals and get lasting results. Here are a few I want you to consider as we move into this year and start establishing how we want to feel.
1. Don’t get hungry.
Allow yourself to stop calorie counting and fill your belly. If you are hungry, you will fail. It’s as easy as that. Hunger is stronger than you (or me!) The trick is to fill your belly with the right foods. Make sure you never allow your hunger to get too intense. Travel with snacks, eat larger meals, and eat whole food carbohydrates. This will nip cravings in the bud and allow you to make better food choices.
2. Don’t wait for others to take care of you around the food.
When attending a business lunch, or know I am meeting family for a meal, I make sure that I pre-eat. I don’t “assume” that they will have the food that serves me or will make me feel better. So, I make sure I eat first and then use the time with others to socialize. If I am uncomfortable, I can always order and eat a little bit of what they are serving. If I feel full and satisfied, I make better choices. See #1!
3. Take food wherever you go.
Have food in the car when you come out of the gym. Have food in the car available after work. Have food when you go shopping. Carry your snacks!!!
4. Don’t waste calories by drinking them.
Do you know how many calories are in a sweetened Starbucks frozen drink? Don’t ask! What about bottled teas? It’s crazy how yummy these things are. Haven’t you ever wondered why? Most of these prepared yummy drinks are sweetened with sugar and doused in cream. Don’t waste those calories. Getting a bolus of calories from fat, dairy and sugar like that is just a setup for cravings and lowered energy.
What is the best form of exercise for weight loss? The one you do! How often should you work out? Every day that you can. Period. End of story!