Just Knock. It. Off: 5 Things To STOP Doing If You Want To Really Lose Weight

The dieters I see in my office are so knowledgeable, they could write a diet book themselves. Problem is, they can’t stop eating! Some feel defeated, like they will never lose weight. Others feel like they don’t know what the hell to eat anymore with all the contradictory diet advice being thrown at them in every direction. And some feel like their efforts always backfire and they are destined to yo-yo diet their lives away. So, here are some things to stop doing. Just. Knock. It. Off.

  1. STOP CHOOSING THE WRONG DIET. The juice cleanse when you like to chew. The low carb diet when you love baked potatoes. The no sugar, no dairy, no gluten diet when you like a little dessert at night, skim milk in your coffee, and a high fiber English muffin every now and then. A diet may be perfect for someone else, but their needs, their lifestyle and their food preferences could be completely different from yours. There is no single diet that’s perfect for everyone. Each of us brings our own unique behavior, personality and preferences to the table. As we say in the Skinny Jeans Diet world, one’s girl’s frock is another girls gorgeous couture gown!
  2. STOP PUTTING WEIGHT LOSS AT THE BOTTOM OF YOUR PRIORITY LIST. It needs to move up to #1. Period. Bottom line. If you want to lose weight, you have to find a way to make time for it. Pre-track your food at 10pm the night before, pack your lunch for work, chop those veggies, go on the website of the restaurant you will be dining at later that evening, schedule a trip to the supermarket in between carpools. Take the time you need to make weight loss a top priority.
  3. STOP UNDERESTIMATING YOUR FOOD INTAKE. Do you really count all of your calories? The milk in your coffee, the nibble of your son’s ice cream sandwich, that ketchup on your eggs (1 tbsp.=20 calories)? Those 25-calorie bites, licks and tastes here and there throughout the day can add up. Snacks count, food from your kid’s plate counts, and calories consumed as you prep dinner count. Your daily caloric intake might be significantly higher than you think. Use a food tracker, and make sure you are real about your portion sizes, too!
  4. STOP BEING A HEALTHY OVEREATER. Don’t confuse healthy with low calorie. Several studies have shown that people are more likely to overeat foods that they perceive as healthy. Your “healthy” food may be causing an unhealthy weight gain. Ignore front-of-label marketing and get your information from the nutritional facts label. Your favorite healthy foods may be too high in calories, or you may simply eat too much of it. Either way, it could be keeping you from your skinny self.
  5. STOP EXPECTING MAJOR RESULTS FROM MINIMAL EFFORT. Losing weight isn’t easy and it feels bad. Yes, I just said that. Of course you’ll see ads or hear promises that claim to help you lose weight without any effort. But these products and plans don’t work. Dieting is difficult and uncomfortable. The weigh loss process doesn’t always feel good because change is hard. If you expect it to be easy, then you’ll be more likely to quit when unexpected challenges arise. Smart dieters know how to look for and acknowledge the little perks along the way- fewer binges, getting used to eating less and being ok with it, feeling calmer around food. Smart dieters know that consistent effort will pay off- in a happier, healthier, skinnier, and more gorgeous you!
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