Weight Loss: One Day At A Time

Written by Virginia Bola, PsyD

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6. Stay away from fat people.

In some offices, there are whole departments whererepparttar staff are uniformly overweight. Being around fatties is guaranteed to turn uprepparttar 137381 pressure to eat, to give in, to abandon your goals and dreams. Seek outrepparttar 137382 skinnies - you may feel frustrated when you see them eat carelessly withoutrepparttar 137383 dire consequences you suffer, but it will stiffen your resolve to gain their appearance to lessen your self-consciousness aboutrepparttar 137384 cut of your own bloated jib.

7. Vary your routines.

We are all creatures of habit. If we didn't possess habits that allow us to accomplishrepparttar 137385 basics without thinking about it, we'd be worn out by over stimulation, having too, too much to think about to get anything done. Eating, though, is an area where we want to steer clear of habits (because, if you remember, we want to be aware and in control). Without thinking, we slip intorepparttar 137386 habit of an egg mcmuffin onrepparttar 137387 way to work, or a bagel with cream cheese at our desk, or a drink when we get home, exhausted by an over demanding day. If possible, try changing your work hours, meal times, getting up and going to bed routines, and regular meetings with friends. The change will increase your recognition ofrepparttar 137388 comfortable habits you unwittingly developed in your old schedule.

8. Find a second job.

Some of you, no doubt, are shaking your heads thinking thatrepparttar 137389 current demands on your time are already overwhelming. If your days are already crowded with your job, your kids, school, chores - you don't have a problem with boredom andrepparttar 137390 basis of your overeating must be sought elsewhere. Many of you others, be honest, have long evenings stretching out before you, filled only with television (and eating), socializing (and eating), shopping (and eating), or pastimes - crafts, computers, music reading (and eating). If you fill that spare time, in whichrepparttar 137391 lure of nibbling looms boldly, with a part-time job (paid or volunteer), you can significantly lower your daily intake while simultaneously bringing in a little money or gaining a sense of pride in helping others. You can always quit and take it easy later butrepparttar 137392 change may help you make a diet breakthrough that will reward you handsomely.

9. Don't eat in bed.

The common expert advice is to only eat inrepparttar 137393 dining room and make each meal an event. Sometimes that is effective but in our rushed lives often unworkable. But drawrepparttar 137394 line somewhere: bed is for sleeping and making love, much better alternatives for your weight loss goals than midnight refrigerator raids.

10. Learn to live with leftovers.

Many of us hate to see anything go to waste. Remnants of childhood want or simply years of motherly training lead us to cringe atrepparttar 137395 thought of throwing perfectly good food away. Kids are so smart - they eat only what they want and just leaverepparttar 137396 rest. We can't bear that so we clean up their plates, make sure we send none of that expensive restaurant meal back torepparttar 137397 kitchen, or nosh absentmindedly onrepparttar 137398 remnants of food we tucked carefully intorepparttar 137399 refrigerator. Ask yourself: when wasrepparttar 137400 last time you threw away a half full bag of chips? A piece of chocolate? The final piece of cake? No, we tidy up to avoidrepparttar 137401 emotional pain of waste, and increase our girth inrepparttar 137402 process. Once you orrepparttar 137403 kids are done, try to get inrepparttar 137404 habit of immediately throwingrepparttar 137405 remainder out - into a messy garbage pail which will avoidrepparttar 137406 temptation to retrieve scraps later. The longer food stays in sight,repparttar 137407 more likely you are to scarf it down. If waste is so painful to you, go saverepparttar 137408 environment, notrepparttar 137409 leftovers on your table that have never yet made it to a starving child in China.

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

5 Tips To Losing Weight With Convenience Food

Written by Tony Newton

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TIP 4 - Portion Control

It's easy to lose track of how much you've eaten when you drink or eat straight fromrepparttar container. Stay on track by carefully measuring out serving sizes before you begin eating. When you do buy items like chips or pretzels, locaterepparttar 137367 appropriate serving size onrepparttar 137368 nutrition label. As soon as you arrive home, dividerepparttar 137369 larger bag into individual servings in small plastic baggies.

TIP 5 - Make Your Own

There's no rule that says only store-bought, pre-packaged foods are convenient. Take time onrepparttar 137370 weekend or on days off to do some conscientious grocery shopping and cook one or two large meals of something healthy that you enjoy. Separate into serving sizes and refrigerate (or freeze) as necessary. Voila! Now you have your own frozen dinners (or lunches, or snacks) with much healthier contents.

In conclusion, choosingrepparttar 137371 ideal convenience food to help with weight loss is not a simple task in today's world of fast-paced living. But there sure are many helpful planning solutions available to fit every budget both online and in repparttar 137372 real world. And by choosing foods to help with our individual health issues and concerns, and reaching out for support, information and dietary planning when needed, not one of us has to "go it" alone.

Tony Newton publishes the popular health and wellness website - http://www.1st-for-health.com With lots of informative articles on low carb diets, hair loss, arthritis pain relief, obesity and lots more.

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