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Did you read our 1st blog, Real, Sustained Weight Loss After the Holidays?
If you’ve found your motivation and you’re ready for more weight loss tips, here they are:
Are you like millions of Americans who are finding that their clothes are a little tighter, harder to zip up and that you’re avoiding getting on the scale? Truth is, I’m in the same boat and was cringing when a friend posted some photos on social media. OMG, where did that added roll come from?!
Look, I can resist a lot of things, but not the homemade cookies, which is why I’m hitting the gym and getting back into my healthier routines. I’m all about being optimistic and using motivation, so instead of beating myself up, I’m starting by repeating some positive affirmations that I have adapted after repeating many that I read from Louise Hay’s book, You Can Heal Your Life.
At first, repeating affirmations may seem a little odd, but after a while as you practice saying them, your brain catches on and helps reinforce your healthy behaviors. Here’s 2 to get you started.
“I like making healthy, nutritious choices when it comes to my meals.”
“I enjoy working out; It gets my heart pumping and boosts my energy for the whole day.”
Next, Find your own motivation.
Ask yourself what motivates you to be healthier or lose weight. Better yet, write it down. Don’t edit yourself and do be honest, because it works better that way, even if it’s something superficial and vain, like: I want to look better for my class reunion
What? As a women’s health NP, we’re more consumed by measuring a mom’s growing tummy and reassuring her about the baby’s growth and development, not about any thoughts that women should try to have well-defined abdominal muscles. I read about this from Rachel Zarrell’s post with photos of pregnant women with baby bumps and defined abs via BuzzFeed. (more…)
Teenage Girls and Eating Disorders is a topic that comes up frequently in my Women’s Health practice as it does for this author.
Dear Future Teenage Daughter,
A new patient came to see me today.
She had the front desk describe the reason for her visit as “question about eating disorder”. As it turns out, the question was, Do I have an eating disorder? Spoiler alert: the answer was yes.
The shocking thing about this visit was that she had to ask the question at all. Here she was, with far too little weight hanging off her lanky frame, over 15 pounds down from when she entered college two months ago – an inverted Freshman Fifteen. She hadn’t had a period since summer. (more…)
We live in a country where obesity rates are already too high. Did you know that 1/3 of are . Not just overweight, but obese. And this includes 12.5 million kids. Many of the habits that lead to obesity start in childhood. As parents there’s a lot we can do.One thing we don’t want to do is ignore this in our own homes. I want to encourage parents who are fearful of igniting an eating disorder by mentioning food to try focusing instead on helping their children be strong and healthy so that they will be able to do the things they like.
Imagine being in high school and weighing more than 3 of your classmates combined? The teen years are a minefield of emotional challenges, with body image being one that 99.9% of teens focus on at some point. If you’re slightly overweight, sweatshirts can loose clothes can conceal embarrassment, but if you weigh over 300 pounds, then hiding is no longer an option.
Recently on a trip to Paris, I discovered the elusive secret to weight loss. Is it a pill? An herb? Supplement? Cleanse? You’ll be as shocked as I was. Ready for this? You can actually lose weight and still have an abundance of great tasting, delicious pastries, breads, champagne, duck confit, pate and mouth watering cheese all by simply doing one thing.
I love helping people lose weight and keep it off helps prevent diabetes, heart disease and a whole host of other issues. As it turns out, even a 10% drop in weight can be the difference between needing medication or insulin for diabetes and avoiding medication completely.
I know that many people get overwhelmed by the numbers on the scale and the idea that they have to lose 40-50-100 or more pounds. The truth is, that every pound lost is beneficial and even a small 15 pounds makes a huge difference in health.