Give that food-crazed body a one-two punch with your mind. It works!
By Darren Kennedy
Reviewed by Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD/LD
No doubt about it, sticking to a weight loss or exercise program day after day can be tough. And without the proper support and motivation, any inroads made in terms of losing weight or adopting a fitness routine could be for naught. Weight loss is really a mind game. When you think about it you can always feed the hunger center of your brain the correct, healthy foods, and it will feel "full." It's the emotional side of you that your brain must overcome. And that's not easy.
According to the trend-spotting firm, Datamonitor, consumers flit between periods of indulgent and healthy behavior throughout the course of a week and even the same day. It's perfectly normal to veer off the path of your weight loss diet. The key is whether you get right back on and don't get sidetracked too often.
Are you motivated for change? We can provide you with the tools and the support you need to be successful for life.
As you implement your weight loss plan, you have a chance to begin to make better, healthier choices in your food selections. Take it slowly and consider following the lead set by the "successful losers." The National Weight Control Registry tracks individuals who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off for five years. These folks have the following lifestyles in common:
Aside from occasionally veering off the path toward a healthy lifestyle, most of us think we do a fair job of maintaining our health with good (or at least OK) eating habits and physical activity whenever we manage to fit it in. But is that enough to be considered "healthy?"
According to a recent study, very few adults actually meet the criteria for a healthy lifestyle. The study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, showed that only 3% of American adults got a perfect score on what the authors say are the four basic criteria for healthy living. Just 13.8% met three of the criteria; 34.2% met only two criteria. Women scored slightly better than men.
See how well you measure up on the researchers' four keys to healthfulness:
Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health. If you are one of the lucky ones who never became addicted to nicotine, pat yourself on the back. Smokers, I hope you are working diligently to kick your habit. It's impossible to underestimate the importance of a smoke-free life for your health -- as well as for the sake of those around you.
As for the remaining three, you can find extensive tips and advice throughout our site to help you manage your weight, improve your diet and nutrition, and find ways to incorporate exercise and fitness into your regular routine.
While those four habits are indisputably important for a healthy lifestyle, some may argue that more factors should be taken into consideration. What would be on your list?
Just for fun, here is a top 10 list of healthy behaviors (beyond the four basics) that contribute to wellness and satisfaction with one's lifestyle: