Developing Mental Toughness For Permanent Weight Loss.

Written by Dr. Jeff Banas

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Hire a wellness coach.

You hire a CPA to help you with your taxes. You hire an attorney to help you with legal issues. You hire a real estate agent to help you buy a house. But, what do most people do when they want to lose weight? They buy a book and try to do it by themselves. I already mentioned that obesity is a killer, and you already know how difficult it is to lose weight, so hire a professional. But what is a professional? Sure you can go down to your local gym and hire a personal trainer, but what makes them a professional? Just because someone may have played high school football, does not mean they help you with losing weight.

Obesity is a disease, and you need to treat it as a disease. So hire someone who can order blood test, work with you mentally on changing your habits. Hire someone who can develop an exercise and nutrition program specifically to your needs and abilities. A wellness coach will be with you throughrepparttar good andrepparttar 146334 bad.

You arerepparttar 146335 only person you can count on.

What? I tell you to hire a wellness coach, and then I tell you that YOU arerepparttar 146336 only person you can count on? Hear me out.

I want to exercise, BUT I have no time. I did not want to eat those potato chips, BUT there was nothing else to eat. People who use a lot of “BUTS” usually have a big one.

The weight loss program I run at my office works. When my patients come to my office, I can tell them what types of exercises I want them to do for today’s session, and I can review their nutrition and give them ideas on how they can do better. However, when they leave my office it is up to them. What is there to stop them from picking up a hamburger onrepparttar 146337 way home? Nothing. Just themselves. This is why you need to not just follow an exercise program, and not just try to followrepparttar 146338 latest fad diet out there. You need to focus on changingrepparttar 146339 bad habits that caused you to gain weight inrepparttar 146340 first place and replace them with new ones.

Be honest for a minute. You tried a weight loss program inrepparttar 146341 past and it did not work, right? Didrepparttar 146342 program really fail, or did you failrepparttar 146343 program? Lets face it. If you develop diabetes or have a heart attack because you are overweight, who are you going to blame? Are you going to blame McDonalds, because they did not tell you that a bacon double cheeseburger might not be good for you? Are you going to blame your trainer, because they did not make you exercise hard enough? Are you going to blame your parents, because “it is inrepparttar 146344 genes”? Obesity runs in our family. At some point you need to take responsibility for your own health.

If you fail to lose weight it is because, more than likely, you did not do what you were suppose to. However,repparttar 146345 opposite is also true. At my office I have seen my patients lose twenty, fifty pounds or more. I have seen first hand how this can totally change their life. I have seen their relationships improve. I have seen them gain more self-confidence. I have seen them do better at work and make more money. I have seen them become a much more happy person. And, they thank me for it. Everyday someone thanks me for helping him or her finally lose weight. I am grateful forrepparttar 146346 thanks. I tell them, I gave yourepparttar 146347 path andrepparttar 146348 knowledge on how to exercise and how to understand nutrition, but you arerepparttar 146349 reason you lost weight. I helped, but you did it. You arerepparttar 146350 only true person you can count on.

It’s all about Attitude

If you have been trying unsuccessfully to lose weight for some time, you might need to change your attitude. Take a minute and think back overrepparttar 146351 past years. How did you approachrepparttar 146352 weight loss program? Were you reluctant? Were you skeptical? Did you reality think this wasrepparttar 146353 one,repparttar 146354 program that would finally work, or did you have doubts and think that you would fail again?

“If you continue to thinkrepparttar 146355 way you’ve always thought, then you will continue to get what you always got”.

If you think you will fail you will. If you know you will succeed you will. Charles Swindoll said…

“The longer I live,repparttar 146356 more I realizerepparttar 146357 impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important thanrepparttar 146358 past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company…a church…a home. The remarkable thing is that we have a choice everyday regardingrepparttar 146359 attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot changerepparttar 146360 fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot changerepparttar 146361 inevitable. The only thing we can do is play onrepparttar 146362 one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you…we are in charge of our Attitudes”.

That says it all. When I was losing weight, I read this daily. When I did not feel like exercising I would read this. When I weighed myself and thought about giving up because I did not lose any weight, I read this. I now give it to all of my patients on their first visit.

Never Give Up.

Never Give Up, Never, Never Give Up, Never Ever Give Up, Never Give UP! That’s right,repparttar 146363 secret key to losing weight is not a new fad diet, it’s not a new medication, it’s not a gimmick supplements, it is A STATE OF MIND!

Lets face it. You tried to lost weight inrepparttar 146364 past, and you failed. So what! The key is what do you do now. Do you give up, or do you start again. Anyone and everyone who has successfully lost weight and kept it off had failed inrepparttar 146365 past. However,repparttar 146366 reason they were finally able to loserepparttar 146367 weight, was because they never gave up.

I know how hard and frustrating it can be, but never give up. If you have a bad day and eat a bunch fatting junk, so what, forget about it. Just do not give up, never.

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. Just start a new day and never give up. If you tried to lose weight, and did not work, try something different. JUST NEVER GIVE UP!

“Have you ever consideredrepparttar 146368 cost of quitting? For real eye opener…ask Thomas Edison...Steve Jobs…Michael Jordan…or Sylvester Stalone. Ask them how much it would have cost them if they had quit. What about you?”

Dr. Jeffrey Banas is a Sports Chiropractor, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and a member of the 2005 Amino Vital Triathlon Team. Dr. Banas personally lost sixty pounds in 2002 and now uses his experience to help others lose weight. He can be contacted at his office in Gilbert, AZ at 480-633-6837, or at his website at

Eat Out and Lose Weight -- 25 Easy & Healthy Tips for Dining Out

Written by Michael Paetzold

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13. Choose steamed vegetables instead of baked potatoes or other starches. Again, use lemon and herbs and spices rather than butter to flavor them with.

14. Whenever possible, eat likerepparttar Europeans do, and have your biggest meal at lunchtime. Not only will you save money, but you'll cut down on calories atrepparttar 146108 same time!

15. Takerepparttar 146109 time to enjoy your meal. Savorrepparttar 146110 flavors and textures of your food, and enjoyrepparttar 146111 company you're with. When you eat slowly, you give your body's internal clockrepparttar 146112 time it needs to know when you've had enough. When you're full, stop eating. Ask your server to remove your plate so you're not tempted to keep eating while you wait for your companion to finish.

16. Ask for salsa on your baked potatoes, rather than sour cream and butter. Not only is salsa much lower in calories, but it adds a "spicy" flavor to potatoes.

17. Order salad dressings and sauces "onrepparttar 146113 side." This gives you more control of how much to use. Another tip for salad dressing -- rather than pouringrepparttar 146114 salad dressing on your salad, dip your fork intorepparttar 146115 dressing first, and then intorepparttar 146116 salad. You'll getrepparttar 146117 same amount of flavor, without allrepparttar 146118 added calories!

18. Choose brown rice over white rice (or french fries), whole grain breads and rolls over white. Not only are they lower in calories, but they are better for you.

19. Stay away from "all you can eat" buffets and salad bars. It's too easy to lose track ofrepparttar 146119 amount of food you're eating, even when it's salads. If that's your only choice, then stay away fromrepparttar 146120 pasta, marinated salads, cheeses and fruit salads with whipped cream. Stick to soups, raw vegetables and fresh fruits.

20. Have your soup first. It will help to fill you up, and most soups have fewer calories.

21. If you're craving something sweet, and don't want fresh fruit, choose sorbet. If you absolutely HAVE to haverepparttar 146121 chocolate sauce, userepparttar 146122 same trick as you did withrepparttar 146123 salad dressing -- dip your fork into it first, then your dessert.

22. Split your dessert with your companion. You'll still feel like you got to be indulgent, and you'll only have to exercise half as long to burn offrepparttar 146124 extra calories!

23. When ordering sandwiches, order them with mustard only, rather than mayonnaise. Not only does mustard have almost no calories, but you won't missrepparttar 146125 mayo!

24. Ifrepparttar 146126 portion you were served is large, only eat half of it. Takerepparttar 146127 other half home. Not only will you get two meals forrepparttar 146128 price of one, but you'll cutrepparttar 146129 calories in half as well!

25. Go for a walk after eating. Stroll alongrepparttar 146130 beach, walk through a park, visit a zoo. You'll burn calories and get your exercise atrepparttar 146131 same time!

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