It’s the Little Things!

This week I would like to share with you some of the little things that I do every day. These small changes to my lifestyle have helped me lose 71 pounds and now help me maintain my weight loss. Below is my Top 10 Little Things list.

This week I would like to share with you some of the little things that I do every day. These small changes to my lifestyle have helped me lose 71 pounds and now help me maintain my weight loss. Below is my Top 10 Little Things list.

Top 10 Little Things


  1. I use skim milk in my coffee instead of cream.
  2. I never miss a meal or a snack, so I can keep that metabolism cranking!
  3. I don’t buy junk food, so I simply won’t have it in my house during those weak moments.
  4. Green tea with a packet or 2 of no-calorie sweetener helps me out when my sweet tooth kicks in, and green tea is excellent for you.
  5. When given a choice, I always take the stairs. I look for ways to burn more calories throughout my day.
  6. A tall glass of skim milk with sugar-free chocolate syrup is my new milk shake.
  7. I always drink ice cold water, so my body has to warm it up to body temperature, thereby burning calories.  
  8. I try to think positive, be happy and surround myself with others who are the same.
  9. I keep busy, but find time to meditate and exercise every day. Boredom leads to bad habits.
  10. I like to try things I thought I couldn’t do, but always wanted to. I encourage you to do the same. Make it happen.

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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