In the last 12 years, I have worked with 100’s of clients to help them manage and lose weight. At times, the weight loss process can get frustrating, hard and not be a lot of fun. However, with the right tools, anyone can be successful. You just have to remember the 4 “P” ‘s.
- Develop a Plan that works. This is where a professional dietitian can help. She/he will work with you to develop a well-balanced personal plan.
- Practice. As they say, practice makes perfect. The only way to develop a lifestyle of health and permanent weight loss is through practicing agreed-upon behaviors.
- Patience. In a fast paced world, everyone wants things done yesterday, however, an acceptable weight loss is 1-2 lbs/week. Some weeks you will lose more, and some weeks you will lose none. The key is to keep practicing your plan.
- Portion Control: This is the bottom line. It is calories in and calories out. The quantity of food you eat is more important than what food you eat. This does not mean you can eat Twinkies all day, but if you want a cookie, you can fit it in without much difficulty, as long as you plan and know your calories in.
Helpful Book Resources
The Outwit Your Weight Journal 2002 Nonas, VanTine, Bright
Snacking Habits for Healthy Living (The Nutrition Now Series) 1998 American Dietetic Association
Habits Not Diets: The Secret to Lifetime Weight Control 2003 Ferguson and Ferguson
Food and Mood: The Complete Guide to Eating Well and Feeling Your Best 1999 Elizabeth Sommers