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Lose 10 Pounds in Six Weeks!
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How are you doing with that weight loss goal that you set on January 1st? Are you really ready to get it together before swimsuit season? I help my private clients make sustainable change that improves their health and gives them more energy, oh, and they lose weight. There is no shortcut but it is a simple process if you look at all facets of your life and make your goal clear. Whatever it is, write it down in big letters and post it in your office, on your fridge and in your car.

The first step is to make 3 rules for yourself. I can't make the rules for you, they have to pertain to your life, your habits, your issues. Some common rules look like this:

Rule 1

I will not eat in a restaurant for xxx weeks, or until I lose xxx pounds

Rule 2

I will not drink alcohol during the week and will only have 2 glasses on Friday and Saturday

Rule 3

I will have a broth soup before lunch and dinner (studies show that this will decrease the total calorie intake by 200 for that meal, better than a salad)

Rule 4

I will have one "fruits and veggies only" day per week ( I can have one yogurt and one beans serving for protein)

Rule 5

I will write down everything I eat

Rule 6

I will exercise for 45 minutes 3 times per week, no matter what!

And to support these rules, find a way to visually mark them and reward yourself...

Rule 1

When I feel like going to a restaurant, I will go to the bank machine instead and withdraw the cash I am saving. I will put it in a jar so I can see it add up.

Rule 2

I will do the same for the wine I did not drink

Rule 3

Start each week with 14 paper cups next to the stove, drink the broth from a paper cup, then toss it to see the stack diminish

Rule 4

Buy the best! If you love watermelon, dig in! Berries in winter? Why not?!

Rule 5

Make it public, share!

Rule 6

Treat yourself to a non-fat latte on the way home. You can't have one any other time, unless you go to the gym. (oops, that sounds like another rule...sneaky, hey?)
Before you know it you are playing a little game with yourself that propels you forward. THAT is how you get unstuck, little ideas with big rewards. Giddyup!

 

Photo Credit
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Racheal McCraig Photography

Theresa Albert, Food Communications Specialist, Nutritionist
Theresa's French Canadian influences are a part of her "no bologna" style as everything is on the table...not just the dinner. She has the unique ability to distill complex health concepts into simple, savvy steps to improve any lifestyle choice. Because she wants to have it all too, she gets to the point with humour and truth.
Theresa is a sought after media commentator and lifestyle pundit on many topics with a particular fascination with human relationships with food and culture. Her words can be read in such esteemed publications as The Toronto Star, Metro News, Today's Parent, Canadian Living and Canadian Family, Best Health and Shape Magazine. Her opinions voiced on CTV Newschannel, CBC and Global are always informative, thoughtful and entertaining. She has two books published in Canada and the US: Cook Once a Week, Eat Well Every Day and Ace Your Health, 52 Ways to Stack Your Deck.
She can be found on twitter as 
@theresaalbert and at www.myfriendinfood.com