It’s Not About The Diet. 

When it comes down to it, there’s not one special diet that will produce lasting weight loss for every person.  Many different nutritional approaches can work, assuming the person can stick with it.  A person should consider things like stress, cooking abilities, reasons for changing, and methods of sustaining the changes. Why have you been unsuccessful at changing in the past? Ultimately, your success will come from changing habits and that happens when you have a clear understanding of the problems, and you strive for creative solutions to those problems. Creativity is a highly under-appreciated skill when it comes to weight loss. Challenges will always be there and simple cookie-cutter approaches won’t work. You can “glean” strategies from popular diets, but you have to make it your own. Take what works and leave the rest.

Be a good scientist 
When it comes to weight loss, what no one will tell you is that there’s a lot of experimentation with finding the right formula for success. We all would like to believe that A + B = C.  Eat less, exercise more and you will lose weight. Well, yes.  But no. Yes, you must maintain an energy deficit to lose weight, but HOW exactly you accomplish this is where the experimentation comes into play.  Experiment with calories, macros, meal timing and exercise.  Don’t leave out strategies for sleep and stress reduction which play a major role in weight management.

Is it worth it?
Ultimately, the effort you put into changing existing habits must be worth it, which is to say, it must be rewarding. Make sure you carefully and continuously evaluate the pros and cons of adopting the desired change.  If you commit to daily exercise, for example, you must connect with the rewards in order for you to stick with it. Does this new behavior produce more energy? Better sleep? Improved mood? You may say you want to eat “right” and exercise, but the brain sees through your vain attempts. In order for the new behavior to stick, your brain must be rewarded for it.  If there is a powerful reward to your new behavior, your brain will commit that to memory so you can quickly remember it for next time. The caveat: your brain loves instant gratification. Make sure your rewards are thought out.

The next time you’re tempted to try the next popular diet, ask yourself if a new diet is really what you need.  More likely, you need to go deeper and recall what strategies did or did not work in the past.  You don’t need another diet to follow. You need to find your own diet to follow.

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Cheers! To Another Year of Dieting

My title is a sarcastic one.

Today is January 2nd, 2018. Post holidays, post New Year’s celebration, and post Rose Bowl. I was reminded of two things last night while watching the football game: Americans are obsessed with food, and Americans are obsessed with dieting. In between the food-porn commercials were perfectly timed advertisements for commercial weight-loss diets. I’ve long been aware of the effects that food commercials have on individual behavior. There is a reason they don’t just talk about the delicious (subjective) food, but rather they show you. They zoom in on that juicy burger with the fat glistening in the artificial spotlight. They must show you pizza and show you how attractive, fit people look when they are enjoying that food (calling that food is debatable).  Thirty seconds later, a commercial for a diet that promises weight loss with little effort.  It’s maddening.

 

As a dietitian/nutritionist, and a personal trainer, and a licensed massage therapist, health is my thing.  Some assume that I am healthy naturally, and that I don’t have to work for it.  The opposite is true. Because I once was SO unhealthy, I decided to make changes and that ultimately led me to pursue training in the health and wellness field. I work hard, very hard, but it’s all worth it.  I’m healthier than I’ve ever been, despite the fact that I. AM. aging. Slowly, but surely, as we all are.  A good nutritionist doesn’t simply promote the latest diet or food fad.  A good nutritionist & health guru understands that an individualized approach is what’s needed and works to educate, coach, and inspire willing individuals to make the tiny, and sometimes, major changes to promote health and disease resistance.  For most people, gradual, but unfailing dedication will produce the results.  What we are more familiar with is the yo-yo diet, binge-purge cycle which is the American way.  Sure, weight loss can be easy.  Many of us can attest to the fact that diets can produce results in the short-term, but short-term results is not truly what we’re after.  Long-term success is what we all want, but few achieve and that requires us to dig deep and be honest with ourselves. It requires a person to figure out what makes them tick. Do you want the instant gratification that comes with eating and drinking the way that everyone else does?  Or, are you after the more sustaining rewards that comes from hard work?  We all reap what we sow, which is to say, if you make the sacrifices, the payoff–the reward will be worth it.

   For 2018, I plead with you to do it differently this year.  Say NO to another diet, but instead commit to a personal lifestyle change.  A life worth having is one defined by how much you THRIVE. For me as a health professional, that can be measured not simply by the absence of disease, but by overall health and wellness. Take it a step further and think about your energy levels, your sleep, and how you feel in your body. Do you feel amazing? Do you feel energetic?  Do you feel empowered?  We can’t control every aspect of our health, but there are many factors that we can control. Do these things for a better 2018, followed by an even better 2019.

 

  • Eat better–don’t eat junk and cut the sugar. Eat whole foods that are natural.
  • Plan & Prepare your own food
  • Sleep better
  • Manage Stress better
  • Be active and exercise daily
  • Don’t eat too much
  • Don’t drink too much
  • If you are overweight, focus on weight loss
  • Commit to getting support
  • Be more mindful and pay attention to the clues/cues

 

Lifestyle change is the answer, but you don’t want to embark on that journey alone. Grab some friends, and build up your health team.  Start by giving us a call.  We can point you in the right direction with the nutrition and weight loss, and recommend other professionals to help with the rest.  You need a team. Ready, Set, Go. 2018 comin’ at ya!

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