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Weight Loss Tips and Tactics

We live in an environment that encourages overeating and under exercising.  An abundance of nutritionally deplete foods are available 24/7 and modern technology has made it possible to do everything from ordering dinner to renting a movie without getting off the couch.  Unfortunately, this lifestyle makes gaining weight very easy and losing weight very hard!  Trying to lose that extra weight, not to mention keeping it off, can be frustrating!  So here are some tips for keeping you on track with your weight loss goals:

  1. Know your own goals!  Writing down what your exact goal is and why you want to achieve it will help keep you motivated.  Challenge yourself to discover what drives you. 
     
  2. Find what works for you.There is no one right way to lose weight and stay healthy.  Finding out what works for you is crucial for maintaining lifelong healthy habits.  Create your own personalized plan that works with your time constraints, money, family duties, stress, and motivation.
     
  3. Eat colorfully.  Adding lots of fruits and vegetables to your diet will help you feel fuller on fewer calories.  Try a new fruit or vegetable each week!
     
  4. Be real with yourself.  Look back at your weight history to identify eating patterns and habits-both good and bad!  Practice the good patterns and choose to let go of old unhealthy habits.
     
  5. Be positive.  Being successful at losing weight requires an attitude adjustment.  Believe you can change and surround yourself with people who will also be a positive force in your life.
     
  6. Be in touch with yourself.  Binge eating, eating in secret, and obsessing about food have nothing to do with food but are habits linked to feelings.  Take some time to reflect and find out exactly why you are eating. 
     
  7. Eat real food!  Don’t fall prey to diet gimmicks.  The only effective way to lose weight is to consume fewer calories than you burn each day. 
     
  8. Keep track of your progress!  In addition to writing down your goals, record what you eat.  Seeing it on paper helps you identify eating patterns, both harmful and beneficial, and can be enough to make you stop and decide if you truly want to eat what you are about to put into your mouth.
     
  9. Reward yourself!   Think outside of the box and reward your hard work and dedication with things other than food or drink.  Schedule a massage, buy a new book to read, go for a walk, or do something nice for a friend!
     
  10. Get moving!  Challenge yourself to improve at an activity you enjoy doing.  Sign up for a local race or tournament and then see how much better you can get by practicing.  If you do something you enjoy, you are much more likely to stick with it!