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3 Weight Loss Mistakes To Avoid At All Cost

Despite the fact that there is more information available on weight loss than any other time in history, we are still seeing a rise in obesity. All the information available to us doesn’t seem to be having any impact on the mistakes people are making on a daily basis. Unfortunately these mistakes are resulting in complete failure to lose weight. So what are the top 3 mistakes and how can we avoid them

“Over the top Dieters”

Over the top dieters have a habit of choosing a diet that is very strict and requires a will of iron to keep it going. An example of a strict diet is the grapefruit diet, which may promise the earth re weight loss but is unrealistic when it comes to sticking to it for any length of time. Other diets may also restrict certain foods and demand 100% adherence. This too is set to fail. We need to remember that we are all human and it is ok to diet 90% of the time and to have lapses 10% of the time. Being the perfect dieter is unrealistic and inevitably ends up in binge eating and total failure.

It is important to remember that no matter how much weight you need to lose, you need to choose a diet that you can stick to, not only for the duration of your diet but also for life. The diet for life may not need to be as restrictive as the initial diet but it will need to be significantly different from the diet that has made you overweight

Dieters who are martyrs to the cause

Mindset is at least 75% of your diet. If you are feeling sorry for yourself and feeling badly done to because of your restricted diet you need to change your mindset. If you see your diet as a positive challenge to not only lose weight but to improve your health you will have a better chance of success. You also need to include the occasional treat to give yourself a boost or maybe a pat on the back for sticking to your diet the majority of the time

Unclear Goal Setting

Very often people embark on a diet without a clear idea of what they are aiming to achieve. Just wanting to lose weight often isn’t enough. Before you start on any weight loss plan make sure you are clear how much you want to lose and by when. You will need long term and short term goals. Be realistic, and don’t expect to lose too much too quickly. Weight lost slowly with a sensible well balanced diet is more likely to be maintained than one that promises the earth. Be prepared for the fact that some weeks you may plateau whereas other weeks you may lose more than you expected. It is also a good idea to take your measurements as this can often be a more accurate assessment of the true results you are achieving.

If you are committed to achieving your goal permanently it might help you to view your journey as one to improved health, after all very few people who are overweight or obese have no related health problems. Don’t be down hearted if you have a bad day or too, just resolve to pick yourself up and keep moving forward.

5 ways to get rid of that stubborn body fat

Have you ever been on a weight loss program and no matter what you eat and how much exercise you do, that stubborn body fat around your middle just refuses to budge?? If so join the club!

So many people I meet, especially young active mums who are trying to lose weight post pregnancy, all say the same thing. They are all very active, eating sensibly and in some cases even jogging twice a week, but still that stubborn body fat is hanging around.

Unfortunately we are not alone in thinking that we are doing all the right things, but what most of us aren’t aware of is that there are some closely guarded secrets that will really help you to lose that fat permanently

  1. Endless hours of cardio just won’t work if you want to lose weight.  The answer is to start interval training.  You just need to look at the physique of a sprinter to know that this must be true.
  2. The most important part of any weight loss program is the food you eat. Too many carbohydrates may give you immediate energy to enable you to go running, but they won’t help you to get rid of the fat any more than the running will. You need to change your thinking here.
  3. In addition to interval training you need to do resistance training that pushes your body to burn fat.
  4. Crunches are useless. You need to do full body abdominal exercises that will develop you abdominal muscles
  5. Lighter weights and lots of reps is not the way to go. Heavier weights and fewer reps will give your metabolism the biggest boost and won’t give you massive muscles.

This is about weight loss after all not body building, though you do need to develop muscles to help to burn the fat.

Keeping a Weight Loss Diary

Having run a slimming club for 2 years – I became very aware of the number of people who were constantly surprised that they had failed to lose weight. When I questioned them about what they had eaten over a 2/3 day period I began to realise that most people have very short memories and can easily and conveniently forget about the odd biscuit here and there and the mug of hot chocolate they had before they went to bed. It is these snacks and occasional drinks that make it very difficult to successfully lose weight.

When I eventually trained as a nutritionist and started to help people on an individual basis to lose weight I would always insist that part of the weight loss program should be to keep a diary of all the food and drink consumed each day. As a weight loss coach this was valuable information. If a client had failed to lose weight, I was able to see immediately what the problem was.

The reasons for lack of weight loss are not always about the odd biscuit or hot chocolate. Sometimes it can be due to insufficient protein at each of the meals or maybe even not eating often enough or not eating enough at each meal. All of this things are important for a healthy and successful weight loss.

If you are just thinking about starting a weight loss regime it is also a good idea to start your food diary now. Very often this can be the spur that is needed. Once you see how bad your diet is you will soon start to make the necessary changes to help you to lose weight

Overcoming Childhood Obesity

An article in the Washington Post on February 20th 2009, reports that a new initiative has been unveiled to help childhood obesity. The initiative, which is spearheaded by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, is designed to give children better access to health care to help fight obesity. The children concerned will have a 4 visits to a dietician and 4 visits to a doctor paid for by participating insurance companies. The hope is that these sessions will help by giving them advise on healthy eating enabling them to lose weight.

Health Ranger Mike Adams voices concerns that dieticians do not have the necessary training to help these children. He comments that many of them do not appreciate that there is a nutritional difference between raw and cooked foods and therefore is skeptical about the value of the help they may be able to give

Whilst it is clear that the parents of obese children need educating in the understanding of what constitutes a healthy diet, there is understandable concern about who, if anyone, is eligible to ensure that the parents get good, sound advice from somebody who really knows what they are talking about. Tho whole family needs to be prepared to make dietary changes if the child is to follow a successful weight loss regime

Very often the best person to advise on a health issue of any kind is somebody who has suffered that complaint themselves and has found a natural healthy way to solve it

I recently read a review of an ebook called “Overcoming Childhood Obesity” by Julia Pearce. Julia was herself an overweight child and experienced the humiliation of being taunted and teased about her weight. This book covers:-

  • The causes and symptoms of childhood obesity
  • The impact obesity can have on children
  • What you can do specifically to help your child overcome their obesity and lose weight
  • How to introduce better eating habits
  • How to get your child interested in exercise
  • Plus, how to help your child keep the weight off for good and much, much more!

Commenting on her book, Julia says

This is the guide I wish my parents had access to when I was growing up – Things would have been so much easier for me.”

If you have a child who is overweight why not help them to lose weight now and ensure that they don’t become an obese adult with potentially life threatening health problems.

How to Strip that Body Fat

Did you know that Losing Weight Can be Fun!

Too many people make weight loss a chore when it could be an adventure to be enjoyed. Mind set is a very important component of any weight loss regime. If you attack you weight loss with a positive attitude and a desire to enjoy the process as well as the end results you won’t go far wrong

Would you like to learn about a revolutionary new diet system and eating program that can help you to lose weight WITHOUT restricting your diet to “low fat” or “low carb” foods, rather eating the right calories.

You actually get to eat more and lose more !

You need to exercise, to lose weight, but this can be as little as half an hours purposeful exercise 3 times a week. Quality v quantity!! Some of the exercise you can do to actually increase your metabolism, and increase the calories you burn while you are resting!

If you follow the diet and don’t cheat you can see results in a very short space of time. Within 14 days from now, you will look and feel different. In fact you may even start seeing results in mere days.

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