Dismissing How Good It Feels To Be Healthy
“When I work with clients, I try to help them pay attention to how their weight and the foods they eat affect how they feel. Many people don’t realize that they feel terrible after eating fried food or when they are at their heaviest weight. I think it’s important for people to acknowledge that healthy food makes you feel good and losing weight makes you feel great. I have my clients keep a journal that tracks how food makes them feel. After they eat a large meal of fried or sugar-laden food, they mark down how they feel. They do the same thing after eating something full of fruits, veggies, lean protein and whole grains. Over time, it’s easy for them to see that healthy food makes them feel better and they are more likely to choose that over the less healthy alternative.” – Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD, NYC-based dietitian
“Real weight loss takes time. Oftentimes, if we don’t see progress in the first week or two, we get discouraged and quit. Set one long-term goal as well as smaller, short-term goals. Use the short-term goals as stepping stones to your long-term goal. And celebrate your short-term goals along the way. Looking back at your success and seeing progress is one of the biggest motivators for long-term success.” – Lauren Manganiello, MS, RD, CDN; registered dietitian and personal trainer in NYC
Too Many Food Rules
“When it comes to dieting, we often give ourselves ‘food rules’ to follow (i.e., not eating after 8 p.m., no sugar, etc.) and then when we break the rules, because they are too restrictive, we get upset at ourselves, ditch the diet and overindulge. Don’t focus on food rules. Instead, focus on being more mindful of your eating habits. Focus on including more healthier foods in your everyday life. And don’t throw in the towel on your healthy eating habits when you indulge. Instead, enjoy it and choose a healthier option at your next meal. Eating healthy isn’t an ‘all-or-nothing’ approach. It’s a lifestyle.” – Lauren Manganiello, MS, RD, CDN; registered dietitian and personal trainer in NYC
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