Monday, April 27, 2009

My Top Ten Tips for Permanent Weight Loss and Health

1. Get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Yes, this is really THE most important tip!

2. Allow yourself to experience the feeling of hunger before you eat anything. Ideally this will happen 3 times a day, before each meal.

3. Eat High Nutrient Density Foods 90% of the time: Fresh Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts & Seeds give you the biggest nutrition bang for the calorie buck.

4. Only 10% of daily calories max should come from low-nutrition foods. That's 150-200 calories to play with. (Thanks Tom for fixing my math!!) A cup of coffee with sugar and milk. A cookie. Savor it and don't overdo.

5. Eat at least 40 grams of fiber a day. More is better. You can log your food for free into to see how much fiber you are currently consuming. You should be moving your bowels easily at least once a day my friends!

6. Deal with the behaviors, thoughts and habits which cause overeating and keep you overweight. (Having a Health Coach for this can be INVALUABLE!!)

7. Daily vigorous exercise. Raise your heart rate. Get sweaty. Build some sexy muscles.

8. Balance your Primary Foods: Rewarding Relationships, LOVE, a Satisfying Career, a Refreshing Spiritual Practice, Physical Fitness, Secure Financial Life...

9. Eat Real Food, not packaged processed franken-food. If there are ingredients you cannot pronoun or recognize, your body can't either.

10. Practice daily Mental Training to harness and utilize the power of your mind and your thoughts. (Health Coaches are good for this too!)

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