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Diets Don’t Work

Open up any magazine, especially the ones targeting women, and you will find the perfect diet. Even physicians have bought into the concept of eating “special” food to lose weight. Anyone who is overweight, eats more than they’d like, craves sugar or other foods will never be successful long-term from dieting. That’s why we still have so many overweight people. There is NO magic pill. I lived it, learned it and now teach it. I’d love to hear what you think…


Successful Weight Loss Maintenance

To be successful in weight loss and maintaining that loss, gradually changing unhealthy eating habits with healthier ones is key. That’s why diets don’t work- no one can maintain them forever. Make simple changes you can live with, such as eating salad with your burger instead of fries dipped in mayo. As I always told my kids growing up, “inch by inch, everything is a cinch”. What small changes can you make today?

Avoid the All-or-Nothing Trap in Eating

Many people attempt a new healthy eating plan, only to become discouraged and abandon it when they aren’t “perfect”. Adopting a healthy eating plan is a gradual, lifelong process, so to avoid the all or nothing trap, try the 80-20 technique. Plan to eat healthy, whole foods 80% of the time with 20% leeway for vacations, holidays and socials gatherings. If you can fit in more than 80%, superb! If you are going to a 4th of July BBQ, don’t stress, enjoy!

Adding Foods for Weight Loss

If weight loss is a goal, instead of focusing on the foods that you need to cut out of your diet, start adding all of the tasty fruits and veggies that are abundant this time of year. Add new grains like quinoa, amaranth, barley, bulgur and spelt. Experiment with recipes and cooking classes that feature healthy, whole foods. Expanding rather than limiting your choices is the key to successful weight management. What new or healthy, interesting food have you tried?

Does Your Diet Work?

If you’ve been trying to diet to lose those extra pounds, no doubt you’ve experienced those feelings of deprivation. When you diet, you attempt to suppress thoughts of food, but food soon becomes your dominant thought. Feeling deprived increases cravings, making your “diet” more difficult to follow. The internal struggle makes you more vulnerable to negative emotional states, such as anxiety, depression and boredom. To be successful at losing weight, you do not have to go hungry or deprive yourself.