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As a nutritionist and health consultant in private practice, I know my stuff. But it takes more than knowing my stuff to reach my own health and wellness goals. Despite the cliché, I have in mind to get into the best shape of my life, AND I have about 20 pounds to lose. I’m planning on success and using these simple tools.
- Set a realistic goal. Healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week and I’m a practical person so err on the side of super realistic. One pound a week would be 20 weeks which is about 5 months, almost half a year, a couple of seasons away, so that’s the goal.
- Banish the scale. Rather than focusing on the number, I focus on how I feel and how my clothes fit. The most I allow myself to step on the scale is once a week, and even once a month will do.
- Healthy stress levels. Out of control stress can cause weight gain and over-eating. Expect that stressful times will come up over the next six months and it’s okay to fall off the wagon and get back up. This is not a zero sum game.
- Keep it positive and treat yourself compassionately at all times. This is important so I’ll say it again…TREAT YOURSELF COMPASSIONATELY AT ALL TIMES. Not doing so great with your health routine, just inhaled a burger and milkshake? Start small and start again at the next meal. Don’t give up or feel sorry for yourself for too long (I know we all do this!).
- Find good FOOD, and find a diet that works for you. Everyone is different and it might take a little trial and error to figure out what’s best for you. Get professional help if you need it.
- Use weight to lose weight. Strength training will help you feel good and get your shape back as the weight starts to come off. Keep some dumbbells on the TV stand if you need to.
- And finally, get professional help if you need it, and not just a nutritionist. You may need a coach, therapist, or personal trainer. You are worth it, and your health is important so don’t skimp!