I find it interesting that among workout clothes, flowers and candles, some of my clients gave me peanut butter themed candy for my birthday.
Do you think they know me well? lol
Some of these clients have lost anywhere between 10lbs-50 lbs while working with me, focusing on making healthy choices and controlling their caloric intake, while treating themselves from time to time on their favorite foods.
We focused on creating a healthy and positive relationship with food.
Let me preface this by saying that holiday meals aren't going to make or break your fat loss goals. It's what you do consistently, on a regular basis, that determines your success.
Now, there are several approaches you can choose around holiday times:
1. If you don't have a deadline for your fat loss goals ( a wedding, vacation, and so on), you can use the holiday meal as a 'free meal'. That is, eat whatever you want, enjoy spending time with your loved ones, and hop on the train the next day....
The secret to making a diet work for you is to reduce the amount of decisions you make on a daily basis. The less you need to decide about what to eat in each meal, the more convenient the diet is for you. Thus, you’d be more likely to stick with it.
This is the reason why meal plans work so well for people. There is no thinking involved, there’s just following the menu.
However, 2 aspects of why following prescribed meal plans isn’t a great idea :
My grandfather, Albert Fagan, is going to celebrate his 90th birthday in less than a month. He’s pain free, mobile, and an extremely strong individual. He recently went through a small procedure, where the doctor had told my parents that my grandfather’s arteries are the same as a 25-year-old.
Want to know his 'secrets'? keep on reading..
I asked my beautiful sister, Shani, to write down some pointers of how she lost 40 lbs, without depriving herself, gaining confident, eating foods she enjoys, and keeping it all off.
Here’s what she had to say:
“1. Stop giving excuses.
Once I started treating exercise like a task that I must complete, just like taking a shower and brushing my teeth, I incorporate it into my air tight work/class/internship schedule and ran out of excuses to give.