I would like to talk on a myth I hear often and that is the myth of Calories In vs Calories Out = Weight Loss. This one is tricky because, yes, if you eat excessively, you will gain weight, that is not a myth...however, the Calories in vs Calories out is deceptive! We are made up of far more than just calories.
Steve came to see me when the physical discomfort of carrying around extra weight was worse than the pleasure of overeating all of his favorite high-fat, high-calorie foods. My promise of no dieting or deprivation was especially appealing to him because he had never had to deal with losing weight earlier in life and was at a loss on managing it alone. He was in a busy, high-stress career and had never taken the time to shop for food or cook.
Devotees of the Shamrock Shake from the Golden Arches will be thrilled since the St. Patty’s Day season is nigh. Word has it that these bright green, mint flavored shakes, which first appeared at McDonald’s in 1970 to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, decades later have amassed a cult-like following of "think green shakers" sharing their adoration for the Shamrock Shake.
With one holiday under our belt, may I remind you that we have a couple more to go - Christmas and New Years! Ugh. If I had a dollar for everyone who told me this past week that they’ll “start their diets after the holidays,” I’d be a richer woman! The truth is you hear this statement all the time. Maybe you've even found yourself saying this lately.
If you tend to struggle with food, weight and body image, holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas can be particularly challenging, because they revolve so much around food and mealtimes. For the food addict*, it can feel like there is no escape. Unlike other addictions food is not something you can simply go cold turkey (pun intended) especially this time of year.
Amy made a delicious dinner for her family with strips of chicken, zucchini, peppers, onions, mushrooms, eggplant and tomatoes over whole wheat pasta. She even added some freshly grated parmesan cheese. Everyone loved it, and she ate slowly, enjoying each bite. She left the table feeling comfortably full and totally satisfied. Amy decided this healthy eating thing was a cinch! An hour and a half later, Amy remembered the bag of peanut butter cups in the pantry.
Beyonce Knowles is a very beautiful—very rich—woman. One would think her pregnancy would be, I don't know, fancy and glamorous, complete with nutritionist on hand 24 hours a day, guiding her in every dietary decision she makes, as well as blending her kale and berry smoothies.
Losing weight is a mind game and you have to know the rules of the game in order to win the game. Part of a winning strategy is to have a lot of plays to use until the "game" you're playing becomes second nature. And trust me, the weight loss mind game does start to get better and change over time, with patience and self-reminders throughout each day.