Weight Control: Operationalizing Your Plans

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

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"I love this new eating plan because I can have so many tasty meals if I just make a few substitutions."

Ah,repparttar so human desire to avoid pain is alive and well. Analyze your thoughts:

1. Facerepparttar 131344 fact squarely that dieting is not going to be a festive cruise through delicious and taste-tempting fodder. Yes, there are ways to make cottage cheese less chalky and spike vegetables with extra flavor. Later, when you reach your goal, you can start to indulge your epicurean creativity. Forrepparttar 131345 initial, drastic steps, you are going to have to seek fun and satisfaction in other pursuits while acknowledging that, for now, food isn't very exciting. Grin and bear it:repparttar 131346 less tempting your plate,repparttar 131347 easier it is not to overeat. Remember that you are trying to fight temptation not encourage it. 2. Be honest with yourself and don't try to circumvent your plans by relying on claims you know are false. If you are pursuing low carb eating, candy bars which claim to be "low carb" are not something you want to devour with abandon. Whole grain bread is nutritious but consuming everything inrepparttar 131348 form of a sandwich will never result in reaching your goal. If your diet advises "Any amount from Column C," use your intelligence to see that it doesn't mean stuffing yourself completely, and often, even if your intake is limited to vegetables, protein, or whatever your plan allows. 3. While skipping meals can often cause problems, cutting out courses is usually totally beneficial. Who decreed that a meal should conclude with dessert? The goal is to curb that sweet tooth, not assuage it. Why mess with "low calorie" treats such as jello or fruit compote when you can skip dessert entirely and opt for a cup of freshly brewed coffee or green tea?

"This time, it's different. I really want to lose weight and look good in my clothes."

Have you ever heard yourself say that before? Consider a little personal introspection:

1. Why is this time different? When you tried to lose weight inrepparttar 131349 past, weren't you as equally determined? What about your life is different this time? Isrepparttar 131350 diet new and may work better than those you have tried inrepparttar 131351 past? Have you become increasingly worried about what overweight may mean to your health and longevity? Are you newly single and feel that appearance is suddenly more important than enjoying fine dining? 2. Has your attitude about food changed? If you continue to think about food, watch television cooking shows (just looking for low calorie recipes, of course), and plan meals with anticipation, you are doomed. As long as you remain tied torepparttar 131352 American national infatuation with food, you will never really take control of your weight 3. Examine and modify your attitudes about food. Push eating into a non-dominant section of your overall lifestyle and maximize your pleasure in non-food pursuits. That isrepparttar 131353 secret to regaining control of your weight, your health, and your ability to live a live withoutrepparttar 131354 compulsions that have kept you a prisoner insiderepparttar 131355 bloated body you detest.

Complete analysis of how you are going to set your goals and how you will handlerepparttar 131356 requirements of "real life" is what can set your present effort apart from prior attempts, and prior failures. Successful long term weight control is more than what you eat, it is what you are.

Virginia Bola is a licensed psychologist and an admitted diet fanatic. She specializes in therapeutic reframing and the effects of attitudes and motivation on individual goals. The author of The Wolf at the Door: An Unemployment Survival Manual, and a free ezine, The Worker's Edge, she is currently working on a psychologically-based weight control book: Diet with an Attitude. She can be reached at http://dietwithanattitude.blogspot.com

Find the Right New Year’s Resolution to Get into Your Best Shape Ever!

Written by Diana Keuilian

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Resolution #3: Walk or Jog inrepparttar morning. Did you know that going on a 15 minutes walk right after waking contributes to weight loss? Getting out of bed 15 minutes earlier, lacing up your tennis shoes, and simply walking aroundrepparttar 131342 block will lead to fat burn and lost pounds! When you get up and move first thing inrepparttar 131343 morning, before breakfast, your body is more likely to used stored fat as energy. Weight loss is supposed to be harder than this, right?

Resolution #4: Obeyrepparttar 131344 No Food Three Hours Before Bed Rule. Eating a snack after dinner is a widely held habit. Although food always seems to taste better right before bed, it is also more prone to stick with you when eaten late at night. It has been proven that not eating three hours before bed reduces fat storage throughoutrepparttar 131345 night. If you go to bed at 10pm, finish eating forrepparttar 131346 day no later than 7pm. Once you have made this a habit you will be ecstatic overrepparttar 131347 long-term weight loss!

Resolution #5: Spice up you Workouts with Circuit Training Are your workouts consisting ofrepparttar 131348 same exercises inrepparttar 131349 same order atrepparttar 131350 same weight? If you find yourself falling into a rut atrepparttar 131351 gym give circuit training a try. Start by doing one set of your first exercise and then moving on to do one set of your second exercise. After you have done every exercise once, start again fromrepparttar 131352 top! If you want to burn extra calories add 5 minutes on a bike between each set. Get creative and add new exercises into your circuits, and your workouts will be fun and energizing!

Now all you have to do is pick one of these New Year’s Resolutions, make it a part of your daily life, and watch asrepparttar 131353 pounds fall off in 2005!

Diana Keuilian, author, ACE certified Personal Trainer, and co-founder of HitechPersonalFitness.com offers online personal training and nutrition programs that fit your budget and schedule. Whether your goal is to lose weight, firm and tone, or to build muscle, HitechPersonalFitness.com will build a custom designed program just for you. Visit: http://www.hitechpersonalfitness.com/ and begin meeting your fitness goals today!

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