to Lose 10 Pounds This Month!
©2003 By Julie S. Rayburn
It's almost like the quest for world peace.
It's something everyone says they want,
yet very few ever do what it takes to move
them in a permanent positive direction.
It is the focus of so many people's lives,
yet their successes are few and far between.
So what am I talking about? Weight loss!
How many people do you meet in the course
of a day who would not like to lose a few
pounds? Not very many, I bet.
So why aren't more people losing weight
successfully? With all of the attention
on weight loss and the $40 billion spent
each year on diet aids, America should be
the fittest country on earth! (We're not,
in case you were wondering.) Did you know
that there are more overweight and obese
people today then ever before in history?
Did you also know that deaths associated
with obesity- related diseases are at an
all time high?
This I find interesting; that despite the
constant barrage of information with new
studies, new super diet pills, and the like,
we are still fat. So what is going on?
I can tell you that part of the problem
is all of the information and misinformation
out there. There are studies that prove
one method works, and another study contradicting
the previous study. We have various "experts"
who cannot seem to agree on even the most
basic information. So who do you believe,
who do you trust? One quick indicator is
if they have a product to sell, (i.e. nutritional
supplements, meal replacements) you may
want to check into their claims, as well
as their motives.
I don't have an M.D., but if there is one
topic that I know a lot about, its weight
loss. You know the saying, `been there,
done that'? When it comes to weight loss,
I have been there, done that and am 45 pounds
lighter, thank you very much!
What I am about to share with you is not
new information. It's common sense. (Now
there is something that is missing from
the world today!) If you follow the tips
I am about to share with you, I can almost
guarantee permanent weight loss and a healthier
future. Here we go
Tip #1 Give up the bacon and eggs that
you have been eating for breakfast and start
your day off with plenty of fresh fruit!
Forget about breakfast cereals too. Instead
eat bananas, oranges, mangoes, strawberries,
watermelon, whatever fruits you feel like
having! And don't be concerned about calories!
Fill your plate up! Let fruit be all you
eat until lunch.
Tip #2 Limit your meat (steaks, chicken,
fish, yes, it's a meat!) to 3 meals a week.
A lot of people like to eat meat at every
meal. I used to be one of them! If you are
one of them, you need to do some research
of your own to understand how hard that
is on your body. Eating that much animal
product is good for no one except your doctor
and the meat producers!
Tip #3 Increase the amount of salad you
are eating. If you normally have a small
token salad on the side just to add color
to your meal, its time to refocus! Move
that small salad to a bigger plate and add
to it! Make the salad the center of your
meal and watch the pounds drop off! Now
remember, adding a bunch of things from
the salad bar that are not vegetables is
not what we're talking about! Forget the
high fat dressings too! Using less dressing
and those of a low fat variety will allow
you to taste the salad and not just the
Tip #4 Limit the amount of processed foods.
What is processed food you ask? If you didn't
find it in the produce section of the grocery
store, it is probably a processed food!
Anything that requires an ingredient list
is probably a processed food. Breakfast
cereals and granola bars are advertised
as health foods, but in reality they have
very little going for them nutritionally.
Really start to pay attention to the amount
of processed foods that are out there and
you will begin to understand why there is
an `obesity epidemic' in this country! Take
note of the amount you are eating, and how
much you are feeding to your children. Your
children deserve better than that! Get them
eating more of the wholesome foods too!
Tip #5 Increase the amount of veggies you
eat, especially raw veggies! If there is
a magic food out there for weight loss,
fresh fruits and veggies are it! Start eating
predominantly fresh fruits and veggies and
just watch the pounds melt away!
Tip #6 Limit the amount of dairy products
you consume to 3 meals a week. This one
can get tricky. The Dairy Association is
convinced that you need to be eating dairy
every day at every meal whether you want
to or not! When I go out and order a garden
salad, why does it more often than not come
with cheese and bacon on it? Since when
did we start growing cheese in a garden?
And how is bacon a vegetable? You really
have to be paying attention because they
will sneak it in anywhere they can!
Tip #7 Get some form of exercise everyday!
This is almost a no-brainer. Is there anyone
alive who does not know what happens to
muscles if we don't use them? Are we all
aware that your heart is a muscle? Get out
there and get your heart going! If you follow
all of the above tips, you are going to
have so much extra energy that you are going
to need to do something with it anyway,
so get out there! 20 minutes of vigorous
aerobic exercise 4-5 mornings a week coupled
with a good weight training routine will
do wonders for you!
It is important to remember that there
is no magic pill. Permanent weight loss
has to be tied to your lifestyle. A healthy
lifestyle will promote good health while
an unhealthy lifestyle will produce health
problems, excess weight, and potentially
deadly diseases. You can make your choice.
I have made mine, and life on this side
of the fence is pretty great!
Well, that's about it! Follow these seven
tips and you will make more progress in
one month than you have made all year! You
can log onto www.takebackyourhealth.org
to find out more great information regarding
weight loss, and healthier living!
Julie Rayburn is a Lifestyle Coach for
Vitality Health and Fitness. Visit http://www.takebackyourhealth.org
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