Another New Year and another fresh start!
The one thing I hear the most from patients is that they know what they need to do, they just can’t seem to get it done. I mean we all know that a diet of Big Macs and supersized Cokes probably isn’t the fastest path to weight loss…right?
We just have to take that first step in the right direction to achieving our goals for our weight and our health.
The hardest part of any diet…the absolutely hardest part…is the first day.
Dr Martin Luther King once famously said “Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.”
That absolutely applies to those New Year’s Eve resolutions.
If your goal is to lose 5, 10 or 50 pounds, you have to start with a single step. You have to think about holding the line on that first day and avoid those chips, Cheetos and doughnuts.
Contrary to what that little voice in your head keeps repeating…Most carbohydrates (meaning cookies, candy and pies) are NOT your friends.
Oh, I know…they look and smell so good and appear soo very friendly, but they do not have your best interests at heart.
There are so many options for how to improve your diet.
There is the all or none approach. That means just about completely removing anything from you diet that could in any way keep you from losing weight.
There are a couple of problems with that approach.
One is that it isn’t the healthiest idea if you try to do it for longer than a couple of weeks.
The other is that is darn near impossible to do it for long.
My guess is that you don’t want to just lose weight for a week, but that you want to maintain it for a lifetime.
The key is to start with a plan that you know you can reach and maybe have reached before.
You can start with dropping the amount of carbohydrates you eat to no more than 100 grams a day. You can also start by just being holding fast on the sugar and desserts.
If you want to lose 50 pounds, think about losing 5. If you want to lose 15 pounds, still think about losing 5.
Slow and steady are the winning phrases here.
Take the baby steps, get those little successes and before you know it, you will reach or surpass your goals.
I know we are always looking for that quick fix and the new gel reported in the news that keeps you from being hungry is tempting but it is still in its experimental stage.
As it says in the article “The use of gel alone is more than capable of providing prolonged satiety but leads to unpleasant sensations for the consumer if there is no delivery of energy to the body to compliment the sensation of satiety.”
And that never ends well.
Stick to the tried and true. Eat less and as we will explore next month..Move More!