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What I always suspected but startling to see the actual results.

What I always suspected but startling to see the actual results.

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Given that my most popular posts have been weight-loss related, I thought I would give you what you want:

Top Ten Ways To Lose Weight

1)    Cut the crap.  Eat real food made with real ingredients.  Read the label, if you can’t pronounce it, it’s not real food.  Get back to the basics.

2)    Drink 8 glasses of water a day.  Start each and everyday with a tall glass of water as soon as you wake up before you have anything else, it will clean you out and give you energy.  Then have a glass of water every hour for the next 7 hours.  Often we are eating when we are actually dehydrated, if you wake up in the morning with a dry parched mouth or wake up in the middle of the night thirsty, you are dehydrated.

3)    Move every day for at least an hour.  Get some exercise in one form or another; walk, run, take a class, take the stairs, dance, the possibilities are endless.

4)    Eat more fruits, vegetables and proteins (lean meat, beans, yogurt, etc.), organic if you can.

5)    Cut the starches: bread, potatoes, rice, muffins, cake, pasta, etc.

6)    Cut the fat: butter, oil, deep-fried anything, go to skim milk, no-fat yogurt, no cream, muffins & cookies are packed with fat.

7)    Have a positive attitude about what you’re doing – don’t lament that you “can’t” have your chips, chocolate bar, Frappuccino, etc.  This could easily be your undoing.

8)    Connect with how you feel when you eat healthy food versus unhealthy food and how you feel when you exercise versus when you don’t.  Notice how good it feels to eat well and exercise and connect with that.

9)    Spend a little time outside every day, take some deep breathes, connect with nature if you can.  De-stress.

10) Watch your portions.  Learn how many calories your body needs each day as fuel to maintain the weight you are at.  If you cut 500 calories a day by eating less and exercising you will lose one pound per week.  I recommend just one pound per week.  Be patient.  Here is a free website you can use to tally your calories each day:

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

It’s a good idea to do this at first so you can get an idea of how many calories the foods you eat have and how many calories your body burns each day.  You can also enter your exercise and keep track of the calories burned each day.  You wouldn’t drive somewhere with just the address and no map, you need a map to get where you want to go.  If you need moral support join a group (weight watchers) or make your own group with your friends, just make sure they are positive friends who will help you and not hinder you.

Let me know how it goes!

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