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Saturday
Jan112014

6 Reasons the “Diet” Mentality Fails 

Millions of Americans will start a diet this month. More than a common resolution, however, weight loss is a cultural activity and even its own financial industry in the U.S. With all the diet programs out there, the media attention paid to dieting and the collective focus on it every New Year (and throughout the year!), it’s easy to wonder why so many continue to struggle with weight management issues. One key factor is the concept of “dieting” itself. How does it sabotage our success, and how do we move beyond the deprivation dieting model? Below are six ways the “diet mentality” fails along with strategies for a better health and weight loss approach. 

 

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Saturday
Jan042014

7 Reasons Support Matters for Weight Loss Motivation

“Don’t go it alone” is tried and true wisdom for weight loss. With the new year upon us, millions of Americans are attempting to lose weight. Unfortunately, most of them will fail simply because they’ll try to do it all on their own. Research consistently shows that people tend to lose more weight and are more likely to keep it off when they have the right support during their weight loss process. In keeping with this insight, consider who can offer you both encouragement and expertise in your journey. For many people, weight-loss inspired support groups can be an imperative tool, while others might also look to coaches or other professionals. Whether you choose group support, an individual coach or a trusted confidant, you’ll benefit from the very beginning. In fact, don’t start without someone in your corner! Below are seven reasons why support is crucial for weight loss! 

 

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Saturday
Dec282013

6 Tips for Creating a Successful New Year’s Resolution

It’s officially that time of year: “out with the old and in with the new”! We’ll soon be ringing in the New Year with excitement and motivation for new beginnings. In keeping with tradition, many of us will spend time creating resolutions for the coming months. How we approach them now (as well as how much work we put in later!) will ultimately determine whether we’ll see these resolutions through. A little strategic thinking on the front end, however, can put our resolutions in a whole new context - and can prime us for ongoing motivation throughout the year. What are these ideas that can boost our chance for success? Below are my six tips for creating the most promising New Year’s resolutions. 

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Saturday
Dec212013

10 Healthy Gifts to Give Yourself Post-Holiday

When all the gifts are unwrapped, the dinner is done and you're beginning to look toward the New Year, think about one more present you need to give--the one to yourself! With the winding down of the holiday season, it's a good time to imagine what commitments, tools and supports might help you ring in a happy and healthy New Year. Consider what you'd like to accomplish and also what you need to de-stress from the busy holiday weeks. Below are my ten suggestions for healthy gift ideas I highly recommend to my clients (and myself!) post holiday.

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Wednesday
Dec112013

How to Do Dessert

“What about dessert?” It's a common question clients pose to me during our coaching sessions. There's often something in their inquiry that suggests an underlying assumption that I’m going to deny the possibility of dessert ever again or even make them delete the very word from their vocabulary! On the contrary, I always make them aware that dessert can be part of a successful weight loss journey and healthy way of life. It's just a matter of doing it right. Here are my top tips for keeping dessert on the menu without sacrificing your weight loss progress. Consider it part of enjoying the journey and boosting your motivation to adopt a Healthy Way of Eating for life. 

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Saturday
Nov302013

8 Ways Exercise Fights Aging 

We all exercise for different reasons: better health, more energy, better appearance. Did you know one of the best reasons to engage in regular exercise is the ability to dial back the physiological clock? Stiffness in the morning, decreased strength and stamina, chronic aches and pains, and all of the other perceived “symptoms” of aging can be minimized or avoided with the help of good fitness throughout our lifetimes. Ironically enough, as we get older many of us become more inactive during a time where we need it the most. If you find yourself looking for creative ways to fend off the effects of aging, be sure to include exercise in your daily routine, and check out the following eight ways exercise can fight aging!

 

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Wednesday
Feb132013

Body Worthy

We're in the midst of weight-loss season (and the awesome 90-Day Challenge)!  Many of us have kicked off the season with a goal and a plan. We've started our healthy way of life journey. Whether you're just beginning your journey, in the midst of it, or at the tail-end, however, there's often more to the weight loss experience than sheer numbers. The process, particularly if we're attempting to make a significant change, can engage our psychological as well as physical selves. We learn to treat our bodies differently, and we often need to see ourselves differently as a result. Check out some of the best practices from Life Time Weight Loss’s success stories for body awareness – a common theme given short shrift on most individuals' weight loss journeys. Use these simple DO’s and DON’Ts to help guide yourself on a positive weight loss journey!

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