My Top 10 Must-Do's to Lose Weight!

Let’s first remember that diets don’t work. It’s all about making lifestyle change. After I read Dr. Oz’s book YOU: On a Diet, I took action right away by starting to make those lifestyle changes in order to lose weight and get healthy. Below is my Top 10 Must-Do List to lose or maintain your weight and get healthy.

Let’s first remember that diets don’t work. It’s all about making lifestyle change. After I read Dr. Oz’s book YOU: On a Diet, I took action right away by starting to make those lifestyle changes in order to lose weight and get healthy. Below is my Top 10 Must-Do List to lose or maintain your weight and get healthy.

  1. Get rid of the salt. Don’t even keep it in your house and never eat anything with more than 400 mg of sodium.
  2. Get rid of sugar. Again, don’t keep it in your house.
  3. Never eat anything white. Whole grain is the way to go!
  4. Add 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon to your bowl of steel-cut oatmeal every morning.
  5. Don’t buy anything you know isn’t healthy, so you won’t be tempted to eat it.
  6. Exercise every day. Strength train 2-3 days a week and do cardio every day for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  7. Drink plenty of ice water.
  8. Meditate every day. Think positive and surround yourself with positive people.
  9. Never skip meals or snacks. This is what keeps your metabolism going.
  10. If you make a mistake, it’s OK as long as you hop back on the wagon with your next meal or snack.

Although I have many other tips on losing weight and keeping it off, these are the main ones that worked for me. This June will be 4 years that I’ve maintained my weight loss and my Top 10 List is the main reason I’ve been able to do it!      


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Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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