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7 Steps to a Healthful Weight

Thursday, May 03, 2012

From Dr. Weil's daily tips:

We all know the "secret" of successful weight loss: Eat less and exercise more. It's not always easy, but by adopting healthy eating habits and a regular exercise routine, you are sure to lose weight without depriving yourself of nourishing, satisfying food. And if you continue those good habits after you reach your goal, you will have an excellent chance of maintaining your desired weight. Here are some tips for successful weight loss:

Avoid artificial sweeteners and synthetic fat substitutes. They are unhealthy and don't help you develop good eating habits.

Dietary supplements or "fat-burning herbs" are usually just stimulants - don't rely on them. The pounds will surely return once you've stopped taking them.

Build lean body mass. Strength training burns excess calories and influences the way your brain regulates hunger, making you less susceptible to food cravings. Try lifting weights that are slightly heavier than you are used to for a rep or two, to challenge your muscles.

Kick up your heels. Dancing is another great way to expend calories - an hour of fast-paced dancing can burn 400-500 calories, plus it's fun!

Pay attention to the mental and spiritual aspects of weight control. Use relaxation exercises, instead of food, to combat anxiety.

Avoid late-night eating. The snack foods we consume when sitting in front of the television or to curb a craving tend to be heavy on processed carbs and inflammatory fats. Plan your dinner at a time that does not leave you hungry before bed, and if you must snack, opt for a piece of fruit or a handful of almonds.

As you lose the weight, don't become too impatient to reach your goal. You may be dissatisfied with your body, but it is beautiful just the same.

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    Do you mean to tell me that the NO SUGAR ADDED sweet potato pies are worse for me than those with real sugar? Oh my, what will I do ??? ( 'cause I'm surely not giving up the sweet p pie LOL).

    Seriously though, do I eat "real" sugar instead?

    These are great tips J. You're always on top of the good info. That's only one reason you're one of my favorite Sparkers.
    2155 days ago
    I'll have to admit that I've been on diet drinks lately. With the work schedule I've devoted myself too, sadly there are days when I've propped my eyes open with the caffeinne and hung on until the work was done. Luckily that's a short term solution and I know that. I won't be hooked. LOL However, I've done a lot of research in the past on artificial sweeteners and I'm not convinced yet that they are the terrible influence that they're being made out as. Some of the test showing problems remind me of the cyclimate tests of the late 60s-early 70s. The portions fed to test animals are hundreds of times what even a heavy drinker of diet drinks would intake in a day.

    I'm not saying they are completely safe, but I haven't been convinced yet by the evidence, and I'm the kind of guy who normally gets it right when evaluating those kinds of studies.
    2171 days ago
    Thanks for the healthy reminders! Why are you up at 3 a.m.?? emoticon
    2178 days ago
    These are all so true. My biggest struggle is being patient. Losing weight is like watching paint dry. It just seems like it takes a long time--week in and week out.

    I'm so used to instant gratification, so if I behave for a week I expect a reward on the scale in proportion to my effort. As we all know, it doesn't work like that and then it's easy to lose focus. Hopefully, I can continue to follow these tips and find a way to stay consistent in the long run.
    2178 days ago
    These are great! Love the wellness one and how it ties into our living the good life challenge this week!
    2178 days ago
  • YIWEN39
    Good advice Jazz ;-)
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