If you made a New Year’s resolution to “lose weight,” here are three tips on how to succeed.
Three Tips on How to Lose Weight
(1) Be More Specific
Instead of seeking to “lose weight,” redefine your goal in terms of “size”.
State your resolution in terms of the size you desire to become, such as:
- My goal is to reduce my waist from 40 inches to 36 inches.
- My goal is to fit comfortably into the clothes that are in my closet.
- My goal is to drop from a size 12 to a size 10.
To prove my point, if by some miracle you awoke tomorrow morning and you actually weighed 20 pounds less but were still exactly the same size – all your clothes were tight and you still had excess fat – it would be terribly disappointing.
Think about it this way, astronauts on the moon weigh 83% less than on earth, but their size has not changed.
However, if you awoke in the morning and were exactly the same weight as you were the night before but your excess fat was gone, you would be elated. Do not become obsessed with measuring your weight loss. Measure your success by fat tissue loss.
(2) Write It down.
Determine how you are going to accomplish your goal. No matter what diet plan you use, you should write it down as it applies to you personally.
I recommend the following weight (fat) loss diet which has three rules:
- Remove food products that contain sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and processed foods from your diet.
- Over one half of the food you eat each day must be vegetables.
- Drink at least 64 ounces of water (eight 8-once classes) each day.
If you choose to follow this diet then restate it as a personal commitment and write it down. For example:
- I will avoid sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and processed foods.
- Every day, half of each of my meals will be vegetables.
- I will drink a full glass of water with each meal and additional water throughout the day. I will drink not less than 64 ounces of water.
(3) Get Started Now.
The ultimate goal is to dramatically cut down on table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and processed foods.
Sugars that have a glucose/fructose mixture (table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, and processed foods) but do not contain fiber create a type of fat that concentrates around your stomach area. If you want to lose weight and remove excess fat, you must avoid these sugars.
Make a commitment now and begin today by eliminating at least one of the following items from your diet.
- Fast foods from drive-thru restaurants
- Ice cream
- Cookies, pastries, or anything you buy in a bakery or doughnut shop
- Anything that has a nutrition label unless you know the meaning of each ingredient listed on the label
- Any food product that has any form of sugar listed in its top three ingredients
- Anything that doesn’t sprout or spoil
If you have made a commitment to eliminate at least one of the items from the above list from your diet, you have made a giant step toward the success of your goal.
Once you begin you will quickly learn how to avoid processed sugars – beginning is half done.
I recommend you read In Defense of Food and Food Rules an Eater’s Manuel by bestseller author, Michael Pollan. Here is a sample of some of his rules:
- Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.
- Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader can’t pronounce.
- Avoid food products you see advertised on television.
- If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in the plant, don’t.
- It’s not a food if it arrived through the window of your car.