Should You Eat That?

Has the New Year gotten to you yet? You know what I’m talking about—that feeling of excitement in your gut as the New Year greets you with the promise that you can turn things around…that you can shake off past mistakes…that you can become better.

The New Year renews hope for your dreams.

And if you are like most people then your dream for the New Year has something to do with losing weight.

It makes sense, doesn’t it? What better time is there than now to transform your body into the one that you’ve always dreamed of?

To get you off to a great start I’d like to share with you some food for thought:

Why do you eat?

Now I know at first glance the answer to that question seems painfully obvious—but I want you to dig deeper. You’re probably thinking that you eat when your body is hungry to get the energy you need to sustain life. And you’re partially right. But that’s not the only reason that you eat.

The truth is that you (along with almost everyone you know) eat too much. Your body simply doesn’t need all of the calories that you consume, and it shows in a physique that you want to change. If we only ate to fuel our bodies then we’d all have washboard abs. And that’s clearly not the case, right?

So what drives you to eat when you shouldn’t? Hmmmm. The answer to this question could be just what you need to see results this year.

Here are the four basic reasons that you eat:

1. Because you’re hungry. This one is obvious. You eat when your body tells you that it’s hungry and in need of fuel. Just like your car lets you know when it’s time to head over to the gas station for a filler up, your body is great at letting you know that energy stores are low.

Eating when you are hungry and STOPPING when you are full is a healthy thing. Too bad this isn’t the only reason that you eat…

2. Because you’re emotional. …the truth is that you also eat when you are emotional. Think back—can you remember a time when you turned to food or drinks after a stressful confrontation? Or how about when you’ve soothed the blues away by treating your sweet tooth? And it’s not just negative emotions that lead to emotional eating—most of us reward happiness with unnecessary calories as well.

Emotional eating & drinking adds an untold number of calories to your diet—all calories that are unnecessary turn into fatty deposits on your body.

3. Because you’re social. Come on, don’t just sit there, have some food with us. Have a drink with us. No one likes to eat alone, and so you feel obligated to eat with others. How many times have you filled up a plate just because everyone else was eating?

When eating becomes a social activity with no thought to the calories that are being consumed, only one thing will result: weight gain.

4. Because you’re habitual. At the end of each day you relax in front of the television with a snack, and I’m willing to bet that it isn’t because you’re hungry. You simply associate sitting down to watch television with eating something. Or maybe you always visit the vending machine on your break whether you’re hungry or not—it’s just become a habit.

As humans we love to form habits, and when your habits involve eating extra calories then your waistline suffers for it.

Here is my challenge to you: Take the time to examine why you are eating, and choose to stop eating when you’re full.

This small action has the potential to dramatically improve your physique this year.

Remember that improving your diet is only half of the equation when it comes to reshaping your body. The quickest and most permanent results are achieved when good eating habits are accompanied by challenging exercise.

I’d like to see you transform your body this year – Show me what you’ve got on Instagram, or Facebook. Accountability is key!

Lose 1/2 Pound of Weight with 1 Meal

To the right is the average 16oz bottle of orange juice you might buy at the store. If you have it for breakfast, it adds 220 calories to your meal.

Want to know what a real serving of orange juice looks like (8oz)?

Switching out that juice drink can help you drop 1/2 pound in one week. That’s only doing one thing at one meal!

Why not have an orange instead? The fiber will help give you that full feeling. The juice alone doesn’t have fiber.

There’s No Easy Way To Lose Weight…There I Said It!

There’s no easy way to lose weight, get into shape, get fit, get toned. Take a moment and think about it. If there were…more people than not would achieve their fitness/ weight loss goals? But guess what? It isn’t easy, so more people fail than are successful. You can’t buy it in a bottle. You can’t purchase it through surgery. You can’t be successful at it part time. It takes focus, drive and a long term commitment from YOU! The foundation of it all is yourself…your willingness to give it all you’ve got and succeed. Oprah said it best:

“There’s no easy way out. If there were, I would have bought it. And believe me, it would be one of my favorite things!” -Oprah Winfrey

Doesn’t her statement make you wonder? Oprah has an enormous amount of $$$money$$$. You might say, she could hire a personal chef. She could hire her own personal trainer. She could have lots of lipo treatments and tummy tucks. She could purchase and try out every weight loss drug there is. The TRUTH is, the road less traveled is usually the right one. The short cut isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Anything worthwhile is worth working for. Do you believe your health is worth working for? I do! It’s the most valuable thing you have. It’s priceless!

Take care of your most valuable asset. Sure a personal chef would be great if you could afford it, but remember, you have to have the will to want to eat the healthy things he/she prepares for you. AND you have to have the will to not over eat those healthy things. Too much of anything isn’t good right? Sure you could hire a personal trainer, but remember to have the will to break a sweat, and give it all you’ve got. You’ve got to give to get right? Sure you could purchase a lipo treatment or tummy tuck, but you have to have the will to not do the same things that got you to that point in the first place or else you’ll soon find yourself right back at square one more in debt and another surgery under your belt. How many surgeries is too many before there’s nothing left natural looking about you? Yup, I think Oprah had it right. There’s no easy way out. Are you ready to commit to better health?

How Are You Going To Lose Weight?

Guess what? The bottom line is, to lose weight you have to burn off more calories than you eat. If you want to reduce your calories by eating less carbs, protein or fat fine, but it’s still calorie reduction. The truth is, they are all required nutrients for your body, and they are good for you. The take away is, eating too much of anything is bad. MODERATION is the answer after all!