Are You Making These 5 Dieting Mistakes?

 

Trouble losing weight or keeping it off?  Make sure you aren’t making one of these common dieting mistakes.

Are You Making These 5 Dieting Mistakes?

Setting Goals That Aren’t Realistic

Setting an unrealistic goal will almost guarantee failure.  Instead, set S.M.A.R.T. goals when it comes to weight loss.  Donald Hensrud, M.D., weight loss expert from the Mayo Clinic recommends 1-2 pounds per week.  If you lose weight at this pace, you are more likely to keep it off.

Choosing the Wrong Kind of Diet

A diet that doesn’t include any of the foods you like to eat may work in the very short term, but it is unlikely that you’ll achieve you longer-term weight loss goals.  Several studies have found that following a low-fat diet doesn’t make it any easier to lose weight or to keep weight off.   Study participants who followed moderate- or high-fat diets lost just as much weight as those who follow low-fat diets.  Successful weight loss depends largely on one thing — burn more calories than you consume.

Not Planning Ahead

If you don’t plan ahead, you’ll be reaching for the first thing you can get your hands on at lunch or dinner time to satisfy your hunger.  Take the time (maybe on a Sunday morning to plan for the coming week) to make a list of your favorite nutritious meals.  Shop for all of the ingredients and plan your meals for the week at one time.  Bring low-calorie snacks like an apple or a small Greek yogurt to the office to make hitting the vending machines less tempting.

Drink More Water

Drinking water aids weight loss and flushes out toxins from the body.  According to an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, obese participants in a six-month clinical trial both lost weight and reduced waist circumference by drinking water compared to participants who drank caloric beverages.

Skipping Meals

Meal skipping is not a successful way to lose weight.  Frequent meal skipping actually reduces your metabolic rate, making weight loss more challenging.  Eating regular meals keeps you energized throughout the day and makes it less likely that you’ll overeat at night to compensate.

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Do You Have a Plan?

Having a plan never failed me in the workplace, but sometimes it is hard to translate this to my personal life.

But I do believe this is the bottom line, folks… a goal without a plan is just a wish!

After a year of searching for a new home, we finally found “the one.” 🙂  I can’t WAIT ’til Moving Day!

My personal goal this week is to pack all my winter clothes, books, and china/glassware from the kitchen.  Ok…I don’t know anyone who likes packing.  I was actually excited about it, but I’m having a hard time being objective in the “keep this, toss that” conversation with myself – so it is taking WAY longer than I had hoped. 🙁

And my helpers?  Well…cute.. but not so helpful…

Time to take a page from my own book (literally!) and be a Smart Girl!

Smart Girls set SMART goals!  SMART goals is an acronym which stands for Specific-Measurable-Attainable- Realistic-Timely. This was first introduced to me in a corporate environment, and I didn’t learn what I could have from the process because I was using it to set and meet someone else’s goals.

For personal goal setting, I have found a whole new appreciation for it!

S – Specific (Do you use words like “who,” “what,” “when,” “why,” , etc.?)

M – Measurable (Do you answer questions like “how often,” or “how many?”)

A – Attainable (Clearly describe the result you want to achieve)

R – Relevant (Is this goal realistic for YOU?)

T – Timely (Is this something you should be pursuing now, or would it be more appropriate a year from now?)

A task like packing up a WHOLE house is incredibly daunting, so I’m finding this incredibly helpful in breaking up the job into manageable chunks.

A much more manageable approach that is measurable, realistic, and attainable!  Surely I can do this by the end of the day? 😉

Do you use SMART goal setting in your personal life?  I’d love to hear about how it has worked for you.  Leave me a comment below this post!

If you haven’t downloaded my FREE Smart Girl’s Guide to Getting What You Want yet, you should grab it here now!

How to Get the Body You Want

 

How would you feel if you didn’t have to cringe when you heard the phrase “bathing suit shopping” EVER again?  Read these tips on how to look and feel fabulous by the time summer arrives.

 

Love the body you have.  You don’t have to be satisfied with your current weight or figure, but the first step to getting the body you want is to love the body you have.  Love yourself and be grateful for all that your body has done for you in your lifetime.  If you can start with self-acceptance, you are well on you way to making the sustainable changes you desire – and one step closer to a healthy, strong, and sexy body.

 

Nourish your body, inside and out.  Make sure you are getting enough of the right foods to eat.  You do NOT have to spend a lot of money to buy healthy food.  Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, where the fresh foods are kept.  Make sure you are eating enough vegetables & fruits to get the nutrients your body needs, as well as plenty of water.  Don’t like water?  Add a slice of lemon or fresh cucumber to a pitcher of water to give it a kick.  You won’t want to stop drinking it!  Also, make sure you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep at night to recharge yourself.

 

Take 20 minutes.  There are 1,440 minutes in a day.  Use 20 of them to work out, even if it is just walking.  It’s much harder to argue when you look at it that way.  We waste plenty of time texting, on Facebook, & watching television.  Walking provides tremendous benefits to your body.  You don’t need any equipment or a gym membership.  Put on a comfortable pair of shoes, and hit the road.  No excuses!

 

With just these three shifts in thinking and action, you will start to overcome negative feelings that you have towards yourself about making positive change.  As you see your body transforming, your self-esteem will increase giving you even more motivation & confidence to keep working towards your goals.  Any goal is attainable if you have a plan to get there.  Check out my Smart Girls’ Guide for secrets used by smart and successful women to go after and GET what they want!

 

How To Hold Yourself Accountable

Last Saturday, I gave a wellness seminar to a group of women at Uforia Studios. One of the topics we discussed was Attainable Goal Setting.

One of the questions I received was, “How do I hold myself accountable?” Great question … and often easier said than done. I’ve been listening to my followers on Twitter & Facebook this week as well, and they are asking similar questions.

The first question I have for you is “Are you keeping track of your goals?” Then, “are you writing stuff down on paper?” There is something powerful about implementing that additional sense. Don’t just hold your thoughts & dreams in your head … put them down on paper!

Now, hang that piece of paper up somewhere that you can see it every day. It reminds you of what you are working towards and keeps you focused!

The second tip I have for you is straight out of my Smart Girls Guide to Getting What You Want. If you want to hold yourself accountable, give yourself very specific deliverables. Don’t just say, “I want to run a marathon” or “I want to be CEO of my company.” Figure out a plan to get to the next level from where you are now. If you want to run a marathon and you are not already running races, start by signing up for a couple of 5Ks.

If you can buddy up with a friend who has a similar goal, this will give you an extra push to meet your goals because you are also supporting someone else. If not buddying up with one friend, how about a group? If you want to run a marathon, try joining one of the many running clubs out there. You’ll be with like-minded people who likely have a set day of the week, time, and route that they run. Problem solved!

Lastly, share your goals with your group of girl friends. Update your Facebook status, tweet, and blog about it. You will undoubtably get lots of “Likes”, a few comments, and plenty of support. I will happily be your first supporter … just share your goal with me! 🙂

Go out there and get started. If you need help, ask for it! Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game!!