Dieting, weight loss plans, increasing exercise, going to the gym and working with a trainer all get you headed in the right direction towards a fabulous figure. Here are a few additional tips that are really important to get the success you desire.
In Science Daily’s “Top Four Reasons Diets Fail”, Jessica Bartfield,MD, internal medicine who specializes in nutrition and weight management at the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery & Bariatric Care says “Losing weight is one of the top resolutions made every year, yet only 20 percent of people achieve successful weight-loss and maintenance.”
Dr. Bartfield breaks down the four most common things we do that prevent us from having the beautiful figure we desire:
1. Thinking that what we are eating contains less calories than it really does. I’m guilty of this one for sure! Salad dressings, certain fruits and vegetables, an extra handful of nuts, all healthy foods, but not going to help with my looking fabulous plan. She gives great tips for keeping it real.
2. Thinking we worked off more than we actually have. Walking a little more, or taking the stairs at work can help decrease the number of calories we take in, but truth be told, not as much as we would like to think. AND just because you take the stairs a couple of times a day does not entitle you to that bag of peanut m & m’s!! So, rewarding ourselves for moving a little more is not a good idea.
3. Not keeping your blood sugar steady all day long. You know the saying about eating a solid breakfast to start the day right. I will confess my stomach just doesn’t wake up until about 10 am. A cup of coffee or two helps to get the juices flowing, but no growling until much later, and then I munch on a protein bar. Dr. Bartfield encourages us to eat a healthy snack or meal every 3 – 4 hours.
4. We don’t get enough sleep. A good night’s sleep keeps all of our “juices flowing in the right direction”, meaning that our natural hormones and everything and substances that break down what we eat will be sufficiently produced and working optimally.
This is just a quick overview in simple terms, but I highly encourage you to click on over and read the whole article – it’s also short and to the point and will help you when you are working so hard towards the most fabulous you!