Lose 10 Pounds in Six Weeks!
By Theresa Albert, Toronto Nutritionist, www.myfriendinfood.com
How are you doing with that weight loss goal that you set on January 1st? Are you really ready to get it together before swimsuit season? I help my private clients make sustainable change that improves their health and gives them more energy, oh, and they lose weight. There is no shortcut but it is a simple process if you look at all facets of your life and make your goal clear. Whatever it is, write it down in big letters and post it in your office, on your fridge and in your car.
The first step is to make 3 rules for yourself. I can’t make the rules for you, they have to pertain to your life, your habits, your issues. Some common rules look like this:
I will not eat in a restaurant for xxx weeks, or until I lose xxx pounds
I will not drink alcohol during the week and will only have 2 glasses on Friday and Saturday
I will have a broth soup before lunch and dinner (studies show that this will decrease the total calorie intake by 200 for that meal, better than a salad)
I will have one “fruits and veggies only” day per week ( I can have one yogurt and one beans serving for protein)
I will write down everything I eat
I will exercise for 45 minutes 3 times per week, no matter what!
And to support these rules, find a way to visually mark them and reward yourself…
When I feel like going to a restaurant, I will go to the bank machine instead and withdraw the cash I am saving. I will put it in a jar so I can see it add up.
I will do the same for the wine I did not drink
Start each week with 14 paper cups next to the stove, drink the broth from a paper cup, then toss it to see the stack diminish
Buy the best! If you love watermelon, dig in! Berries in winter? Why not?!
Make it public, share!
Treat yourself to a non-fat latte on the way home. You can’t have one any other time, unless you go to the gym. (oops, that sounds like another rule…sneaky, hey?)
Before you know it you are playing a little game with yourself that propels you forward. THAT is how you get unstuck, little ideas with big rewards. Giddyup!