If you've ever tried to shed a few pounds, you know it's not easy —but there's nothing more rewarding than the moment you realize that your deliberate, steady progress has paid off. Maybe you've added more vegetables to your diet, or perhaps you've taken up walking every day or join a yoga class. Whatever the case, there's no one thing that leads to losing weight and keeping it off—it's a sequence of little tweaks.
Whether you're getting started on your own weight loss journey or you're looking to stay on track, here are a few hacks to keep in mind.
We have all purchased the diet books, the diet plans and joined diet programs that were supposed to make us skinny and change our lives. All these purchases promised you and made you believe they have the magic formula. Eat what they say, and losing weight will be easy and quick.
I sometimes humorously label the voices in our head as "internal terrorists" who sabotage all of your best efforts. Unfortunately, you can't go in and arrest the "terrorist" because it's a part of you that needs to be developed, trained and integrated rather than destroyed.
Can you guess the #1 issue with all weight loss programs?
Long term sustainability. Livable. Bearable.
Neither 30-day diets, cleanses, boot camps nor 10-day juice fasts are the real answers for weight loss.
You're about to sit down to another salad with chicken like you eat every day for lunch when it hits you: You just can't do this healthy eating thing anymore. And the thought of tonight's Zumba class makes you want to scream. You just want to inhale a bag of potato chips and not feel guilty about it and worry about the numbers on the scale. Whether you're in the middle of trying to lose 100 pounds or you're three months into a new fitness routine, your motivation to lose weight is gone. So what do you do?
Do you eat well most of the time, but just can’t seem to lose those stubborn pounds especially if you are over 50? It could be that you are not eating the right foods. From long experience I can tell you that it is difficult for many women to lose weight in the peri- and post-menopausal years, especially the peri-menopausal years, without some hormonal balancing.
Here are a few common issues you need to understand about your metabolism to start revving up your fat-burning furnace.
You "fell off the wagon", again. At a family gathering, you sloshed two bottles of wine and then ate 5 cupcakes. Now you’re feeling low. Depressed even. Looking at your bloated stomach and hating yourself. Like you used to feel so often.
Close your eyes. Imagine a day of eating only what's good for you without any distracting food cravings. Imagine hypnosis actually helping you lose weight—because the news is: It does.
Jean Fain is a licensed psychotherapist and a Teaching Associate in Psychiatry at Cambridge Health Alliance and a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School makes much of her living as a psychotherapist hypnotizing people slim—they inevitably ask: Does it work? The answer usually brightens their eyes with something between excitement and incredulity.
We have become a nation preoccupied with our weight. We now have weight loss programs of all types and we are flooded with information from the media about the need to trim our waistlines. With all this attention, one would imagine that obesity would be on the decline. Clearly, it is not. It may be that we concentrating on the wrong thing.
My previous articles have focused on the adrenal glands and how they can wreak havoc on your body. Now, I want to tell you how the adrenals and how stress is bad for your weight loss efforts. A lot of people believe that stress is more of an emotional experience. Nope.