Weight Management – The Ultimate Goal

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Weight management is a term which on the surface seems like it is an easy thing to do, but in reality in involves many skills.  It has to be taken very seriously and there are steps which one needs to follow if they truly want to lose the weight and keep it off.  One has to be a manager of oneself and to be cognizant of their own shortcomings and weaknesses in order to be successful.  The one good thing about successfully losing weight is that we can use the skills in other areas of our lives and to acquire better jobs.

Anyone who is losing weight is similar to an executive which is to oversee short term and long term goals.  Anyone who loses weight has to set short term and long term goals.  One of the problems in people who overeat is that they have made no plans to eat a meal, including its portions.  They just eat whatever is available, whether or not it is healthy for them.

Because they eat whatever they want, they have not given any thought to whether or not the food is healthy for them.  The fact that they cannot maneuver themselves, lack energy, or have health problems does not concern them, as long as they are eating the food that they like.

Because they practice immediate gratification, they do not put much planning or preparing into their meals.  They eat at the junk food restaurants because the food is already prepared.  They buy canned, boxed, and frozen food because it involves little preparation.  They do not consider the nutritional value of the foods they eat, and if the food causes discomfort, they keep on eating it anyway.

The person who successfully undertakes this goal of executive function will be able to apply the skills to other area of their lives and experience a better lifestyle as a result.  Dr. Julia All has done extensive work and research in this area.

There are five steps to successfully losing weight which include:  weighing up options, setting goals, prioritizing, setting goals, multitasking and planning ahead.  Each of these steps takes time and requires patience to follow them to completion.

When a person has a desire to lose weight it is usually because they have a desire to make a change in their lives.  This desire is going to lead them to make decisions in their lives and in order to make right decisions, they have to follow a certain process, which involves weighing up their options, prioritizing, multitasking, planning, and setting goals.  Failure to follow these steps will result in a failure to achieve the goal of losing weight.

Weighing up the options involves the decision making process.  In order to make the right decisions, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Information gathering
  2. Weighing up the risks involved
  3. Deciding on values
  4. Weighing up the pros and cons
  5. Making the decision

This process involves thinking very carefully about the advantages and disadvantages before making a decision.  We want to consider the problem from every angle to determine the right decision for us.  For example, in making a decision to lose weight, we would need to determine why we have gained weight and why it has been difficult to lose it.  Being equipped with this knowledge will be instrumental in staying with the weight loss goals.

  1. There are many questions which need to be answered which include:
  2. How much weight do we want to lose?
  3. Why do we want to lose weight?
  4. What changes are we willing to make after we lost the weight?
  5. Are we ready to commit to a lifestyle change?
  6. What will happen if we decide not to get on a weight loss program?
  7. What struggles did we have with previous weight loss programs?

These questions should be the beginning of our thought process about losing weight.  We need to set realistic goals that will enable us to achieve the goal if we follow the plan.  It the goal is too high, we will become frustrated and disappointed if we do not lose the weight and we will fail to reach our goals.  We will explore answers to these questions and healthy solutions to keep us on track when starting a weight ;loss plan.

Be Pristine in 2015!

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It is that time of the year, again, when we set goals to achieve amazing results in weight loss.  To help all of you take better control of your weight and your health, The Fitness Wagon is holding a Weight Loss Challenge, online on our Facebook fan page beginning on January 20 and ending on February 2, 2015.  I need at least twenty people to participate.  We will be there to support one another while following Herbalife’s safe and effective weight loss plan.   Our goal will be to Be Pristine in 2015.

To register for this challenge, please go to this link.  There will be cash prizes for the top three participants and we will hold informative weekly meetings to fortify you with empowering information to lose weight safely and maintain it.  Share this with your friends and family, and better yet, bring them along with you.  There is safety in numbers!  I look forward to helping you to achieve your goals.

Be sure to tune into my Blog Talk Radio Show, The Fitness Wagon for the next episode, Game Plan to Meet Weight Loss Goals on Wednesday at 10:00 am.

 

Overcoming Bad Habits in Weight Management

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To help you achieve success in your weight loss management for the coming year, I have created a few discussions which will help you.  The first is “Overcoming Bad Habits is Weight Management,” which airs on Wednesday January 7, 2015.  The discussions will take place on Blog Talk Radio on Wednesdays at 10:00 am EST.  Here is a link to the site and you can take a peek at the next two sessions.  I will be speaking about topics which concern anyone who is struggling with weight loss.

If you would like personal consultation, please sign up at my website.

Keeping the Pounds off in 2015

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Christmas is over, and if you enjoyed your Christmas, chances are you also gained weight and will keep it on for years to come.  New research has indicated that the vast majority of people who overeat over the holidays are likely to continue carrying those excess pounds for years to come.

A Revelation – The Need for Weight Management

The reason why we retain this weight is that we do not reduce the amount of snack food, even though we may buy more fruits and vegetables.  Researchers at Cornell University also found that families tend to increase the amount of calories they consume for their meals after the holidays. This behavior continues throughout the New Year.

Anyone who has struggled to maintain their weight knows that this is a never ending battle, finding it difficult to control the amount and types of food we are eating.  Some of us may be deceiving ourselves into believing that the foods we are eating are not affecting our weight, because the healthy foods that we eat are in some way counteracting the negative effects of the snacks and junk food.

This behavior continues until we look in the mirror one day, and to our amazement, we appear to have gained weight and some of our clothing no longer fits us.  How did we get this way and how can we stop this?

Monitoring What we Eat

The way to stop this is to be willing to admit that we are consuming too much of the wrong foods.  It would help to monitor everything we eat for one week to understand our bad habits and try to turn the behavior around.  We can enter the foods we eat into an application on Google Play or we can list the foods on an on-line Notebook.  Herbalife has a website, iChange, which is a very useful tool for monitoring our eating habits.  Used under the support and guidance of a wellness coach, it is very effective in helping us to control our weight.

The iChange website is designed to be used throughout the weight loss process.  We can track the food we eat on a daily basis, design healthier meals, and plan exercise regimes to help us stay active.  After we achieve our goals, we can continue to check in and monitor our lifestyles so that we stay on track for healthy weight management.

In conclusion, we can begin the New Year with weight management plans and goals to control our weight with a healthier lifestyle.  It is going to involve some work, but it will be meaningful.

Set Your Weight Loss Goals for 2015

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Some of us will have to set goals in order to lose the holiday weight.  Successful people set goals and make a commitment to keep them.   Anyone who has been struggling with weight management will need to set goals.  Admittedly, this could be a problem for anyone living in or visiting my state, Rhode Island, the home of Johnson and Wales University, one of the top culinary institutes in the United States!

However, goal setting is important because it will keep us focused and helps us to work on the plan.  We should begin by writing down the goal so that we can get motivated and excited about achieving the goal.  In this way, we will keep it in the forefront of our minds each day until we achieve the goal and we will be committed to achieving it.

Before we attend another party, Jaime Coffey Martinez, MS, RD says we can write down some of the healthier foods that we can look for on the buffet tables.  This would include, vegetables, fruits, proteins, whole gains and healthy fats.   Some of the not so obvious foods that would be included in this list are proteins such as: nuts, peanuts, eggs, beans, legumes, chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, fish, cheese, yogurt, wheat, and rye crackers and bread, yogurt and sardines.

If we are really serious about eating healthier foods, we can make a commitment to eat more protein foods, since these foods will curb our appetites and make us feel fuller, eliminating the possibility of overeating or eating too many sweets.

In conclusion, if we really want to change our lives in some way, such as losing weight, we need to set goals.

Get a Jump Start on Your 2015 New Years Resolution

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The New Year is almost here and many of us have fallen victim to  the tendency to overeat during the holidays.  The food is so good and plentiful that many of us try to consume as much as we can .  Everyone else is doing it.  Why not?  We only do this two times a year.

Why not plan ahead and stock up on a weight loss plan, even if you are not going to start until the beginning of the New Year or soon after?  For this reason, Herbalife has introduce a new package called the 3- Day plan, which is an introductory plan to the weight loss programs.  Now, consumers can try the plan, which includes individual protein shake packets and nutritional supplements for one low price.

Doctors Articolo and Mackey recommend following a few simple “strategies during the holidays,” such as “eating healthy meals when we are not attending parties and family gatherings.”  This could also include substituting a shake for one meal in accordance with the Herbalife weight loss programs.  More information about the Herbalife Weight Loss program is contained in this video and on my website.

Exercise for Fun

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If you have been watching what you eat or dieting to lose those extra pounds, it is important to get enough exercise to tone the muscles, especially after lose a significant amount of weight.  Maintaining the weight is a new life cycle and we will find ourselves making changes to accommodate our schedules and our new commitment to a healthier lifestyle.

A decision has to be made about how we will spend our days in vigorous exercise.  Some may prefer working out at a fitness center.  Here we can get individualized training on the proper way to exercise so as not to cause injury to our bodies. 

There is a new kind of fitness regime called the High Intensity Interval Training which involves spreading out the exercise time to ten minutes of vigorous exercise throughout the day.  Doctors have certified that this routine is as effective as spending longer periods of exercise.  This is ideal for those who are strapped for time.

Some may prefer bike riding in place of a fitness program at a gym.  If so, there are many bikes on the market that can be folded and placed in the trunk of a car.  This facilitates keeping to the exercise routine while on trips.   For some, a long bike ride could be very invigorating and relaxing as well.   The bike enthusiast can now take his/her bicycle wherever they go.

If you are more gymnastics oriented, you can purchase a mini trampoline and burn as much as 160 calories in twenty minutes!   That’s a great workout that even your children can enjoy.  It is important to practice good safety while working out.  Have an adult supervise the children and do not attempt the more advanced moves without a trainer or someone to spot you.

As you decide how you are going to spend your time, it is important to remember the benefits of vigorous exercise:

  1.  It helps you to avoid major health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and cancer,
  2. It will help you to sleep better,
  3. It will help you to reduce stress,
  4. It will slow down the aging process,
  5. It will help you to lose weight.