Kick Start Weight Loss in Four Easy Steps
Achieve Your Long-Term Goal
March is nutrition month and “bikini season” is just around the corner. If your New Year’s resolutions have fallen by the wayside and you still have 5, 10 or 50 pounds to lose – don’t give up. If you feel nervous or hesitant to start another weight loss program or feel “burned” by previous attempts that have not worked, I understand. I have had the opportunity of working with thousands of people to help them lose the weight and keep it off. In my experience, there are a few “aha” weight loss steps that I know work and…want to share with you!
Drink thy water There is no way around this one folks. While it may sound simple and an obvious step to take, too many people are walking around dehydrated and inflamed. Your body will not want to “let go and lose the weight” if you are not sufficiently hydrated. The optimal water intake is 2 liters per day.
Make supper a “supplementary” meal From Sunday – Thursday night, opt for a smaller, grain free supper. According to Ayurvedic medicine, as the light goes down, so does your metabolic capacity. In short, to lose weight, and optimize digestion, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”.
Follow the 5 year rule. Prior to beginning any weight loss program or implementing any nutritional changes, ask yourself if you could follow a version of the program or method of eating for 5 years or longer. It doesn’t make sense to follow an overly restrictive approach to losing weight if the behaviour is not sustainable. While the “magic bullet” approach to weight loss may sound appealing in the beginning, I can tell you I have seen it fail time and time again. The one thing the body hates more than being overweight is yo-yo dieting. Commit to following a weight loss program that is based in science, easy to follow and offers proper one on one support by a professional.
Recognize your “danger” time of day The most common times people “fall off their diet” is at 3pm or after dinner. More often than not, the poor food choices made at this time are based in stress or mindless eating. In order to correct this issue, it is important to identify your worst time of day and plan. Have low calorie, nutrient dense foods around at this time as an option to nosh on without having a negative impact on your weight loss attempt. Whether it is vegetables, herbal tea (try Celestial seasoning Bengal spice for a sweet tooth), a hard-boiled egg or a piece of fruit –it is best to have something ready for you to turn to. You can also opt for dark chocolaty Skinnychews – 4 grams of fiber per chew, less than 20 calories and gluten-free – the perfect option for 3pm or nighttime eating (www.skinnychews.com)
In a nutshell:Don’t give up on your weight loss attempts – I assure you, you can do it! Simply start the simple steps outlined above today and watch the needle on the scale move in your favor!
Dr. Joey Shulman is a best selling author, founder of the Shulman Weight Loss clinics and creator of Dr. Joey’s Skinnychews. For more information, please visit www.drjoey.com