The 3 Top Tips to Create Weight Loss and Optimal Health
Wouldn’t it be nice if we were to just snap our fingers and all we wanted in life appeared instantly? We all know this isn’t a reality, so we have to create our life, not with the snap of the fingers, but with a plan. And having creative control is a really good thing! Having a plan will ensure we are in control and not left vulnerable to our environment or even from ourselves, you know, the sometimes (or constant stream) negative thoughts that can pop up and derail us.
Creating healthy change is almost as easy as snapping your fingers if you have that blueprint to take you to health success. Making, pardon the pun, ‘snap’ decisions regarding your health is a plan for failure. Why? Because you don’t have the necessary steps laid-out in front of you. You have to live your life on purpose! It is simply like being on a boat without a rudder: no control.
For example, if you know you’ll be going to visit Grandma and she always cooks and has available high calorie foods and sweets, your executed plan then is to eat a very small healthy meal before you go that includes a lean protein, a healthy fat and a smaller amount of complex carbohydrates (whole grains, beans, fruits or veggies) to help minimize the urge to overdo it at Grandma’s table.
“If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time” ~Zig Ziglar
Other health habits to include in your plan for success:
1. Get enough sleep.
Keeping your phone, computer or television by your side will prevent you from getting the 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Also, if you are a night owl, consider hitting the sack 1 hour earlier to acclimate your body to a longer sleep cycle. Sleep is vital to optimal health, emotional health and weight loss. Practice relaxation techniques to help you fall asleep and stay asleep such as deep breathing, progressive relaxation or simply writing down your concerns or worries on a piece of paper and leaving them on the paper.
2. Plan and prepare your food.
I can’t stress this enough. The key to a healthy life is to plan what you are going to purchase at the store and what you are going to make for your meals. Have your grocery list full of healthy foods in hand when you go shopping. Prepare most of your meals in advance. Step out of the ‘Convenience Culture’ mentality that is slowly damaging your health. Stopping at the drive-thru is convenient yes…but it is also your first class ticket to weight gain and poor health. Pre-chop those veggies, boil a carton of eggs for meals and snacks, make those lunches the night before. By planning and preparing your meals, you are setting yourself-up for healthy success.
3. Schedule Your Exercise.
Select a day and a time to exercise that you absolutely know you will stick to! Put it in your appointment book or calendar and honor it as you would a doctor appointment. This action is ‘accountability’ and accountability is vital for any successful endeavor including health and fitness. If you are consistent with this, exercising will become something that you do automatically, much like brushing your teeth. So starting today, whether your goal is to eat healthier, lose weight, reduce stress, age younger, or just create optimal health, you’ll find a plan is your key to achieving optimal health – create one that you control.
To Your Good Health,
© 2014 DLS HealthWorks, LLC.
Lori Shemek, PhD, CNC, Health and Weight Loss expert is the best-selling author of ‘Fire-Up Your Fat Burn!