How many times have you heard someone say dreadfully, “my diet starts tomorrow,” or “Ugh, my doctor says I have to lose weight?” Stop looking at weight loss as a chore. Get pumped up and excited because your life will soon be defined by feeling good and cardio healthy for life.
I have several clients that let excess weight define and limit them. One client spent her days in misery because she couldn’t do the things she’d like to do because of her weight. On a recent vacation, her family and friends golfed and walked on the beach while she sat watching. Excess weight was killing her spirit. She’s now 18 pounds down and gets a little of her life back every day. Imagine the joyous days she has ahead of her as she continues to shed 180 more pounds of extra weight.
In addition to my usual advice (pick two colors and a protein morning, noon and night), here are some tips for weight loss. Losing weight is more than just “diet.” Follow these tips and you’ll be feeling great in no time!
- Put simply, go to bed! That’s right. You need to sleep at least 7.5 hours a night. When you get at least 7.5 hours of quality sleep every night, you reduce your cortisol levels (stress hormones), which in turn decreases hunger and cravings, making it easier to stick to your plan.
- Cut the sugar substitutes. This means NutraSweet, Sweet and Lo and Splenda. Artificial sweeteners do nothing for you but burn on your sugar cravings, increasing your chances of metabolic syndrome, addiction and weight gain. I have one client who lost 45 pounds simply by eliminating all artificial sweeteners from her diet.
- Use Metamucil. Regularity is fabulous, but there are even more benefits to psyllium fiber. This is a terrific weight loss tip. Before dinner, be it when you get home from work or late afternoon, stir one rounded tablespoon of Metamucil in at least 16-20 ounces of water and drink immediately. Not only is this terrific for your colon health and regularity, it will fill you up so you’ll eat less for dinner. It will also help lower your LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
Your life can change today. I’m excited for you and for the joy that losing weight is going to bring to your life.
In Good Health,
Joan O’Keefe, RD
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