Congratulations! Embarking on a plan to lose weight is an excellent way to improve your health. While rewarding, the path can be fraught with challenges -- from missteps, restaurant meals, even from well-meaning friends. During your journey, try some of these tips for greater dieting success.
1. Determine a realistic goal weight. If you work with a weight-loss center, their counselors will recommend a goal.... Read More
As a psychiatrist I know that there is more to overeating and obesity that meets the eye. One big reason that many diets fail is that traditional weight loss programs don't factor in how we process subtle energy, what Chinese medicine terms "life force" or "chi." Subtle energy penetrates and surround the body. Sensitive people who I call intuitive empaths unknowingly overeat in response to being overwhelmed by negative vibes. Empaths not only... Read More
Emotional eating is a coping mechanism we use to deny feelings of stress or anxiety. Whenever we are discontent, we seek comfort in food. When we were young, our parents urged us to "have a cookie" and feel better. Now, we soothe our inner child's emotional letdowns in the same manner.
Eating for emotional gratification results in overeating, weight gain, health problems and more anxiety, which creates another cycle of emotional eating to assuage... Read More
Weight loss is a lifestyle. You live in a world that tells you to lose weight -- while tempting you to gain more. To maintain successful weight loss, you must address the mental issues, not just the physical.
Weight loss is work. "Get-thin-quick" schemes are as unreliable as "get-rich-quick" schemes. As the old adage goes, "Anything in life worth having is worth working for." You are worth working for.
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For many of us, finding time to incorporate fitness into our daily schedules can be challenging. There are those who have made a daily trip to the gym an integral part of their lives, one that is planned for and considered an investment in the sanctity of their physical and mental health. These people rarely miss a workout, truly enjoy the experience and appreciate the rewards that come as a result of their efforts. But what of you and me, those... Read More
Create a motivational mantra. I am what I eat. Bigger isn't better. I'm in it to win it. Rome wasn't built in a day. Think of a saying that reflects your weight-loss journey and stick to it. When you wake up in the morning, state your mantra aloud. When you're feeling weak, recite your saying over and over. Let these words be inspirational enough to steer you away from unhealthy behaviors. It's important to remember that you didn't gain... Read More
A journal documenting your dieting journey can be a beneficial tool to ensure achieving weight-loss success. Keeping a record of your efforts and analyzing what works and what does not is tantamount to creating a personal support system.
Your journal can consist of much more than a simple food diary. It can contain detailed information about your exercise efforts, your feelings and behaviors -- whatever will raise self-awareness and keep... Read More
Maintaining an exercise routine through the spring can be tough. Who wants to be inside working out when the birds are singing and the sun is shining? Yet we all know the importance of staying consistent with exercise. Check out the following five suggestions to stay motivated to keep up your workout routine at the gym during the springtime.
Write down your goals for exercise and stick them up on your refrigerator. You could say something like,... Read More
1. That copy of Stuff Magazine in your boyfriend's bathroom showing Winnie Cooper in her underwear. So your man enjoys gazing at scantily-clad women. Wouldn't you feel better about this if you knew for certain that you were one of them? Don't let Kevin Arnold's junior high school sweetheart steal your thunder. Drop those extra pounds and then reward yourself with a trip to Victoria's Secret. Be the star of his private show! ... Read More