7 Habits to Help You Lose Weight… and keep it off!!!

7habitsLasting weight loss requires commitment. It demands that you transform your eating and exercise habits. But there are other daily choices (you know, the little choices) such as how much sleep you get, or how much time you spend in front of the TV also can make a huge difference. According to Harvard Medical School, there are seven habits that can help you on your way to achieving your weight loss goals.

SET SMALL, SPECIFIC, AND REALISTIC GOALS

Start with a realistic goal of losing 5% or 10% of your weight, and give yourself time and flexibility to reach that goal. If you feel like you have to hurry, then you are probably ‘on a diet’ and not making life changes; and life changes are what will get you there and keep you there. Keep in mind that most people take at least six months to achieve that degree of weight loss, so you’re in no hurry.

START SELF MONITORING

Write down what you eat. (I don’t know how many times I have to say this.) On a piece of paper, in a food diary, via a website, or on your phone. One app that is totally saving my butt (from getting bigger) is Calorie Counter. With the ability to scan in codes, plus their extensive database of items, you can make more informed choices on the go.

FIND A SUPPORT NETWORK (maybe ME?)

Find at least one weight loss buddy (choose me, choose me) to help motivate you and hold you accountable. Sign up for a health history consultation, and let’s see what we can figure out.. And if you don’t think I can help =( Weight Watchers can help if you need face to face help, online groups like SparkPeople are also available.

ENERGIZE YOUR EXERCISE

Try a new form of exercise. Swim laps in your community pool; walk around the building at work; go dancing or roller skating; Ultimate Frisbee, etc. Finding a form of exercise you like will make you that much more likely to do it. Metabolic Effect makes some of my FAVORITES!

SevenHabitsMAKE SURE YOU ARE GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP

Research has shown time and time again that inadequate sleep can lead to overeating and ultimately weight gain. Most people need between 6 and 8 hours of sleep a night.

EAT ONLY WHEN YOU ARE HUNGRY

I know a lot of people skip breakfast because they are running behind or because they aren’t hungry. I know there is a lot of information out there stating that you should always eat breakfast, no matter what. I know a lot of people skip breakfast because they are running behind or because they aren’t hungry. I know there is a lot of information out there stating that you should always eat breakfast, no matter what. However, I am of the opinion that you should only eat when you are hungry, because I’ve seen no study that successfully proves that eating *now* prevents you from being hungry later. Further, eating certain foods, depending on your own metabolism may actually cause you to be hungrier than you would have been had you not eaten at all. Let your body be the judge.

MONITOR AND MODIFY YOUR SCREEN TIME

A lot of people complain that they don’t have time to exercise and eat right, when the truth is that if they could peel themselves away from the computer, TV, and other portable entertainment devices, they probably would. Keep track of how much time you spend with these devices and see if you can carve out some more time to treat yourself better. You are worth it.

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Christy R. Hall

Christy R. Hall is a Wellness Mindset Coach & Emotional Alchemist. She focuses on helping people change their lives from the inside out. She uses hypnosis, Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT), Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) and Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) to help her clients achieve real and lasting change. Christy says, “When you know how the mind works, it’s easy to make changes.” Christy fancies herself to be a Jedi Master, a verbal Ninja, and a Mindset Architect. In her free time, she spins yarn (both literally spinning fiber into yarn, as well as, writing), crochets for charity, watches silly cat videos, looks at pictures of Corgis, and plays massively multiplayer online games. Her current favorite is Elder Scrolls Online.