So you want to get ready for summer? No sweat! As a holistic therapist certified in hypnotherapy, I’ve worked with many, many men and women to successfully transform weight, lifestyle, and self image with some of the following easy (and inexpensive) tips:
1. First off … you never want to “lose” weight. You want to release it. To think loss for something means that at some point you want it back! While you’re at it, delete the word “diet” from your brain. Dieting is something temporary—you want to stay healthy in the long term.
2. Eat only at the table, never at your desk, on the couch, in bed and NEVER while watching television.
3. Drink cold water to tone the stomach and quench thirst. Often, when we think we’re hungry, we’re actually only thirsty. Drink a full glass of cold water before eating, waiting at least five minutes in between.
4. Use small plates. When we use small plates we limit portion sizes while giving our physical eyes the impression of a full plate.
5. Chew each bite at least thirty times while limiting conversation and distractions when eating. This gives your brain more time to realize nourishment is being taken in while elevating awareness and appreciation of your food.
6. Get rid of starched, nutrient empty noodles, rice, bread, and potatoes by substituting with whole grains and complex carbohydrates.
7. You can also increase protein intake to satiate hunger, increase energy and metabolism, and build muscle mass by snacking on healthy nuts or string cheese instead of chips and candy bars.
8. Never shop while you’re hungry and stick only to items you have placed on your list.
9. Keep only positive reinforcements around the house and office. Photos of you looking your best— healthy and smiling are much better reinforcements than piggy’s and cows on the fridge door.
10. Last but not least, keeping a food journal to log ALL of the food and beverage you consume in a day increases success rate by twenty percent or more on average, long term.
That doesn’t seem too hard does it? Facing weight loss with positivity rather than dread will put you in a much better position to release it … forever. A change in lifestyle might be needed but you can take it one day at a time and enjoy the process while doing it. Have fun!