In response to my posts and questions about how I lost weight and have kept it off, I will do my best to share what I’ve learned over the years. Part of what I am sharing, you may have heard before. Other parts of what I share may be new to you. Being someone who has struggled with weight issues my whole life; I am pleased to share what I have learned and what I do to keep an optimal shape for health and vitality.
The first thing to understand for short term and long term success is that small changes that are done consistently, and with support of others, produce better results for long-term success.
The big picture basics for losing weight are here:
One: consume less calories each day.
Two: for most people, reducing their calorie intake for fat release will mean eating only about 1000 two 1200 calories per day.
Three: while you reduce your calories and adjust for long-term success, you want to eat nutrient dense food.
Bonus: Start your day with a small, nutrient dense breakfast- and then eat little meals every 3 hours. This keeps blood sugar levels evened out and your natural energy high.
Nutrient dense food is food that has lower calories, but higher nutritional value. This becomes important for your weight loss in the long-term success, because the body will feel full with less food and less calories. The sense of full helps stop eating too many calories.
The American diet, typically is filled with high calorie, chemical nutrient weak food. This is why people are who consume a large amount of food in one sitting can still feel hungry. Part of why they feel hungry, is that their body is not getting the actual cellular nutrition it needs to be healthy and function with vitality.
Did you know the average person consumes about 3500 calories a day!!! It’s no wonder so many people are overweight. We only need about 1500-1800 a day to stay healthy, fit and active.
One of the easiest ways to acclimate to eating, lower calorie nutrient dense food is through program called Take Shape For Life. In fact, it was this program that I followed that helped me quickly and safely release 33 pounds of fat. I did this over two years ago and have still kept the weight off!
Take Shape For Life is founded on the belief system of eating 5 nutrient dense meal replacements a day (to get used to eating smaller, calorie controlled meals) and one lean and Green meal a day for the 6th meal. The lean and green is a meal you make. It’s based on whole foods- and you get to learn experientially how to make nutrient dense, portion controlled food.
This program is flexible (they have over 72 premade meals to choose from each month) and you get to decide when you want your daily lean and green. Breakfast, lunch, dinner- the choice is yours. They give you guidelines of food options to choose from and how much to eat. If you love to cook- you will enjoy these food options. If you simply do the basics- this is very easy to do also.
The reason this program is so successful is you get FREE support with health coaches who have gone through the program themselves. (As your health coach I understand some of the challenges and emotional or mental triggers that can cause you to over eat.)
For many people, food has attachments emotionally. Some people eat when they’re stressed. Some people eat when they’re bored. Some people eat when they’re frustrated. Sad or depressed. Some people eat when they’re happy. Some people turn to food to stuff their emotions. So they don’t have to feel them. Personally, I can relate to all of them.
The food that is used on the Take Shape For Life program is made by a company called Medifast. Medifast was only available through doctors for many years. This food program has been helping thousands of people achieve successful long-term weight loss for over 30 years. It is medically proven to be very safe and the food works because it is nutritionally dense, calorie controlled, very affordable and very convenient. You don’t have to measure, count points, or even worry about having how you will fix your food on the go or at work. It’s grab and go- and tastes good.
The grab and go meals are the foundation that help your body acclimate to a reduced calorie intake. Yet the food is so nutritionally dense that you start to understand and experience what it is like to be full and satisfied on a smaller amount of food.
Studies have been done as to why so many people eat at the drive through. It’s not for flavor or cost. The number one reason was : Convenience!! What is great about the Take Shape for Life program is that it is SUPER Convenient.
The better parts are here: Rather than consume a 1000 calorie drive through burger in one meal-you can have 6 nutritionally dense, healthy meals a day! Also- rather than drop $3-5 (0r more) for each stop you make for food on the go… the Take Shape for Life meals are only about $2 each. Starting on the program is not an ‘in addition to’ food cost. It’s an ‘instead of’ adjustment of choice of food you eat.
Many of my clients are initially concerned in the beginning that they’re going to always be hungry. I get to hear the same testimonial each time, though. And that is, they are very thrilled and surprised at how full they always feel. This is motivating for them during their weight loss and fat release phase. I experienced the same concerns, and the same positive results.
This is part one of how I lost my weight. In fact, it was the easiest and most rewarding part! If you are ready to lose weight and keep it off- today is the day to start.
Call or email me and let me show you how this program can help you like it did me and many others I know! I also offer online webinars on this subject and other health related topics for more details. If you are interested in those, contact me and we can set them up.
Here’s to helping you be your best,
Action Leadership Specialist
“People Mover– I move people to
take action to get lasting results in their life and business”