Holiday Tips

  We all know how to lose weight! Eat healthy, be active- basically burn more calories than we take in.  Knowing how to lose weight is the easy part. It's the motivation, self control on a daily basis that keeps us from reaching our weight loss goals.  We live in a world filled with temptation, and that makes weight loss more of a mental challenge than a physical one.  We all know how to lose weight! Eat healthy, be active- basically burn more calories than we take in.  Knowing how to lose weight is the easy part. It's the motivation, self control on a daily basis that keeps us from reaching our weight loss goals.  We live in a world filled with temptation, and that makes weight loss more of a mental challenge than a physical one.

The only way to take weight off and keep it off is through consistency in your eating habits, activity level and mental well-being.  You do NOT need to be perfect, but your lifestyle should consist of 80% or more of healthy habits.  To start off, make a plan because a goal without a plan is just a dream. Here are a few tips,  although unconventional in thought, work.

1.  Your mental health is your #1 priority  

Your mental health is probably the most important tool in reaching your weight loss goals.  Weight loss isn't a physical challenge, it's a mental challenge.  You have to stay positive, love yourself and focus on being grateful for your body and what it is capable of.  When we practice feeling gratitude, we can really attract just about anything we want. 

2.  STOP comparing your body to others

Stop comparing your body to others-every individuals body is unique, in a very beautiful way we are all special.  You cannot be that other person, nor should you want to be, be the best version of yourself! if you compare your body to someone on TV or in a magazine, even the girl next to you in a fitness class your setting yourself up to fail.  Life is way to short to spend another day at war with yourself.  Make realistic goals you're more likely to stick to them and succeed. 

3.  Change your environment

Changing your environment during stressful or boring times of the day is one of the easiest things you can do to prevent eating when you're not hungry.  Most of us have a certain time of the day when we are prone to food cravings and binging.  For me that's in the late afternoon usually 3-4 hours after I have eaten lunch.  My day slows down for a few hours.  This is my "weak time" of day.  Use this time to do something else, keep your hands busy and mind distracted.  Listen to music, call a friend, go for a walk or do something at work that you have been putting off doing.  

4.  Download an App

If you're not already using a weight loss tracker, you should start!  They keep you accountable and make eating the optimal amount of calories easy.  Although there are quite a few of them, there are two that I have tried and liked.  My Fitness Pal and Fooducate, they are similar with a few variations.  I like how My Fitness Pal tells you at eh end of each day about how much you'd weigh in 5 weeks or so if everyday you were to eat and exercise the same as you did that day, but Fooducate is my favorite because you can scan bar codes to make it easier to track your foods.  

Namaste Susan Moran