GETTING REAL ABOUT SLIMMING THIS SUMMER
By Master Motivator
Monday, May 17, 2010.
What would you say if I was to tell you there is one magic secret to reaching your weight loss goal? Would you think I was mad? Would you think it must be too good to be true?
Well, do you want to know the secret to losing as much weight as you want? It’s simple:
Perhaps no one has ever told you this basic truth. Well, that’s it. Before you can get slim you have to get real about your weight, get real about your life, and get real about the goals you set for yourself.
First, let me make it clear what slim is not!
Slim is NOT just a number on your scales. It is NOT the cover of a glossy magazine. It is NOT Posh, Kate Moss, Liz Hurley or any model of the moment, nor the latest celebrity fitness advisor.
SLIM is personal. Slim is unique. Slim is being at the weight that improves your health, your appearance and your quality of life. It is being at the weight that allows you to walk up a flight of stairs without getting out of breath, and it certainly doesn’t require utter starvation to get there. It is being at the weight that looks and feels great on you and that everybody will notice. Slim is the weight that you will be able to achieve.
Losing weight is personal. While there is a healthy weight range for every height, the weight within this range that's right for you is up to you. There is not a magic number that every person should reach. In the real world, only one person knows the weight that will work for you – and that’s YOU.
Feel the weight loss as it happens, enjoy the weight loss as it happens and decide yourself when you look and feel right. Your summer target weight is a short term goal. Keep focused on it. Our plan will help you slim through the summer months. It will help you slim realistically, sensibly and healthily. However, you have to slim along with it!
The first way you can boost your success is in planning. You've heard the motto: we don't plan to fail, we fail to plan. This is never so true as with weight loss. Planning is stronger than willpower! Plan what you are going to eat, when you are going to eat, where and with whom you are going to eat.
Next, a few minor behaviour changes will help you focus on and enjoy your food:
- Be realistic in selecting the meals from your plan. Include some treats in there and enjoy smaller portions of your favourites. This is healthy eating, not punishment!
- Eat only at the table, using a smaller plate, if that helps. Eat slowly, concentrate and savour your meal, without distractions.
- Have a glass of water before your meal - this will help you avoid overeating.
Eating is to be enjoyed - try not to think negatively about food, especially the foods that you're trying to cut down on. Concentrate on all the lovely foods that you can eat.
Don’t be a slave in the kitchen. In our busy lives we don’t have time to spend hours in the kitchen cooking. The benefit of following this programme is that you can choose the recipe-based option when you have more time or the convenience option if you need meals in a hurry. If you don’t have much time try to stick to these guidelines:
Keep it Simple. You don't have to be a domestic goddess to eat well! Some of the best meals are made with just a selection of fresh vegetables, some herbs and spices and a piece of chicken or fish.
Keep it Quick. Use fast cooking techniques, like steaming, microwaving or stir frying (with soy sauce, not oil!)
Spice it up! Most of our kitchens contain only a small assortment of the herbs and spices available. Expanding your spice rack or herb garden is one of the easiest ways to expand your flavour horizons without expanding your shape!
Be brave! Once you’ve got your herbs and spices, use ‘em! Experiment with combinations to heighten flavour and add a new zest to old foods. Top chilli with coriander instead of cheese, replace oily salad dressings with fresh basil and lemon juice or flavour rice with cardamom and cloves instead of salty stock cubes.
Shop smart. We provide you with a shopping list so stick with this as closely as you can. It will help you avoid the temptations lurking in the supermarket!
Now, get going! Get real about slimming this summer!
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