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Get Ready for a Healthier 2005!
Consider the Top 10 Reasons We Don't Lose Weight

by Diane Sieg

Happy New Year! It's that time again when, after a month of merry overindulgence, many of us find our holiday HO HO! has turned into a post-holiday OH NO!

So what's the answer to your weight loss woes? In my experience as a lifestyle counselor, I've learned that trying to lose weight is a waste of time-unless you have a plan that helps you think differently about eating and exercise. To help put you in the proper mindset, I'd like to share with you my top ten reasons why it's so hard to take off the pounds and keep them off.

  1. We "DIET"
    Atkins, Zone, South Beach Diet…each year there's new "magic" solution to eating your way to a thinner self. The problem is, none of these diets work over the long term, at least not for most people. In my opinion, "diet" is really a four letter word. When you spend your life on or off of a diet, you've adopted a short-term approach to healthier eating-one that is almost always impossible to sustain.
    To avoid the diet trap, think lifestyle program not weight loss program. Permanent weight loss is about changing your eating behaviors in a way you can maintain for a lifetime.
  2. We EXERCISE, (but not enough)
    Weight loss cannot be maintained without exercise. Period. But exercising doesn't require you to run a marathon or spend two hours in the gym, it just means doing something physical on most days.
    To keep your body flexible, strong and lean, try walking 20-30 minutes each day.
    Don't tell yourself you're going to lose 30 pounds in a month. Nobody can lose that amount of weight in that short a time span without jeopardizing their health.
    Set a realistic goal for yourself and measure your success by each day of what you do.
  4. We give our POWER to the scale
    Water retention can cause your weight to fluctuate significantly. That's why jumping on the scale each day can be misleading.
    Monitor your weight regularly, but try using other more accurate ways to track your progress, like trying on your "thin" jeans, measuring body fat and/or taking circumference measurements.
  5. We don't PLAN
    It's one thing to decide you're going to lose 10 pounds by spring, but unless you have a clear plan for reaching that goal, it's unlikely you're going to succeed. In fact, studies show that setting your sights on specific goals dramatically increases your chances of success.
    Like everything else worth having, you need to plan your weight loss program, schedule time to exercise and make healthier living a part of your everyday life.
  6. We DENY
    We all make excuses for not losing weight. It's easy to underestimate how much you're eating and exercising. The key is to figure out what's really happening so that you can make adjustments and improve your habits. Journaling is a powerful tool.
    Write down what you REALLY put in your mouth for the next 3 days, and keep a log of your physical activity for a week.
  7. We don't EAT OFTEN ENOUGH
    We tend to think losing weight is about pain, suffering, and deprivation. Successful weight management actually requires us to eat more often to keep our metabolism efficient.
    Try to eat 3 meals a day with a minimum of 2 snacks in between to keep yourself fueled and avoid getting too hungry.
  8. We don't DRINK ENOUGH
    Sometimes it's hard to tell if we're thirsty or hungry. Very often, our brains confuse the two-telling us to eat when really what you need is more fluids.
    Take water wherever you go-and drink it. You should consume at least three liters of water a day to maintain proper hydration.
  9. We don't know WHY
    Do you really know why you want to lose weight? Weight loss can be an emotionally charged issue for many people.
    Write down all of the pros and cons for losing weight to help you remember, in challenging moments, why you want to lead a more healthy life.
  10. We don't get SUPPORT
    Don't underestimate the value of support in any weight loss program.
    Enlist your family and ask for their cooperation in helping you reach your weight loss goal-and don't feel you have to go it alone.
Many people find that they need assistance in adopting and maintaining healthier eating and exercise habits. A lifestyle counselor, personal trainer or weight loss group can provide the information, support and ongoing assistance you may need to reach your specific goals.

I can provide individual coaching, seminars, workshops, keynotes, and retreats designed to help you enjoy a more satisfying and productive life.

Here's to a healthy 2005!


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