If You Want to Succeed in Weight Loss, Do These 3 Things…

If You Want to Succeed in Weight Loss, Do These 3 Things…

You want to succeed with your weight loss goal, right? Of course you do! So, follow these three tips to help you get there. 1. Stay accountable. Accountability is key to accomplishing any goal, so it goes without saying it’s also vitally important as you embark on a weight loss journey. In a WebMD article, Kenneth Schwarz, PhD, asserts, “In the realm of dieting, there is evidence that social support is a positive factor influencing weight loss.” Finding someone who will be your accountability partner can do wonders for your weight loss. But remember – this is about accountability – you’re not necessarily looking for someone to be your best friend (you know, like that friend who tells you there’s no reason for you to shed any weight). You’re looking for someone who will be supportive and will offer suggestions to keep you on the right track. 2. Change your perspectives. You know what they say – change your attitude, change your life! Are you setting a weight loss goal for someone else, or because you feel like you “have to”? Or are you doing it for you? When you do something for yourself instead of being directed by someone else, you’re more likely to have the motivation to get you going – and to keep going when you feel challenged or ready to give up. Think about all the reasons you want to be energetic and healthy – feel them – feel the reality of all those fabulous reasons! Envision yourself fitting into all your clothes, feeling zesty and vibrant, having the energy you need to move through...
Are YOU Drinking Enough Water?

Are YOU Drinking Enough Water?

Why Weight? is presenting a free online webinar, “Let’s Talk Sugar and Water: Get Health Wise with WW Coach Eliot” on Tuesday, April 26th, 2016.  Learn valuable information about daily choices you can make that will have life-alternating HEALTHY effects for you – tips that will keep you healthy and so much more! One of the many topics Eliot will cover is water, so here’s a jumpstart with some amazing info about one of our most important sources for good health! Here at Why Weight?, we’re big believers in how changing your attitude and the perspectives that you have can truly change your life. So, print this article off – and the next time you’re about to reach for an unhealthy can of your favorite sugary drink, reach for water instead and remind yourself of all the wonderful benefits it has to offer you! Envision each sip of refreshing water revitalizing every cell, nerve, tissue, muscle, and organ in your whole body. Enjoy! Water:  Good Health Begins with Safe Drinking Water The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has brought awareness to the extreme importance of having a safe source of drinking water.  It’s a wake-up call to everyone:  Just because it looks like healthy drinking water doesn’t mean it is. While municipalities are required to test public water frequently, home owners should also have private wells tested, too.  It’s a small price to pay for ensuring you and your family and even your pets have a safe source of drinking water. There are remedies such as filtration systems or bottled water that can be utilized contamination is detected. Bottom...
Do You Need to Change Your Attitude About Sugar?

Do You Need to Change Your Attitude About Sugar?

Coming up on April 26th, Why Weight? is offering a free online webinar, Let’s Talk Sugar and Water: Get Health Wise with WW Coach Eliot. In the webinar, we’ll cover daily choices that result in life altering change, practical alternatives and tips to keep you healthy – plus so much more (see below for details and signup link). A Sugar Story Leading up to this exciting event, I wanted to share a story about a conversation I had recently with one of our clients, we’ll call her “Jane”. Jane called me and said she felt like she was “denying herself” cake and sweets while on the program. And as we all know, it doesn’t feel very good to be denied something. Most of us have probably heard about the dangers of sugar, but for many, the “risks” associated with consuming sugar just don’t outweigh the perceived “benefits”. We’ve been in a long-standing love affair with the granulated white stuff for centuries. For instance, did you know that in 1700, the average person ate about 4 pounds of sugar yearly? Fast forward to 2009, where over 50 percent of us consume one-half pound of sugar every single day! If you do the math, that’s about 180 pounds of sugar every year – wow! Change Your Attitude, Change Your Life Now back to Jane: I said, “Jane, are you really being denied? What I see is that you’re being denied something that’s nutritionally deficient anyway.” We can get into the science of sugar and why it’s bad for us, but in the end, the only thing that’s going to make a...
Two Fun Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth This Spring

Two Fun Recipes to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth This Spring

We’ve made it our goal to show you that healthy food CAN also be delicious. Once a month, we’re sharing mouthwatering, delicious recipes that you can make right at home using ingredients available at your local grocery store. Plus, every recipe comes with a fun food fact about one of the ingredients used. Now that it’s officially Spring (FINALLY!), here are two delightful recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth this Spring and beyond! Recipe #1: Strawberry Sorbet Generous cup of strawberries (approximately 5-6) Juice of 1 lemon Stevia™ (as needed) Water (if needed) To prepare, Freeze fresh strawberries about 1 hour. Blend fresh frozen strawberries, lemon juice and sugar substitute in blender until very well blended. Serve immediately, or place in freezer to allow it to firm up even further. And your fun food fact for today is… A member of the rose family, the strawberry has its seeds on the outside. Because of this, strawberries aren’t technically “true” berries like blueberries. And, botanists consider each tiny seed on a strawberry to be its own separate fruit – who knew?! Recipe #2: Candied Apples 4 apples 4 packets Stevia™ 1 teaspoon of cinnamon 2 cups of water 1 teaspoon of vanilla To prepare, Place 4 apples in a baking dish. Pour the water over top. Sprinkle sweetener and cinnamon over apples. Bake at 350 degrees for an hour. Remove from oven and add vanilla to the liquid and stir. Take apples out and pour sweetened water mixture over them. Enjoy! And your fun food fact for today is… The peel of an apple is rich in fiber and has...
Why You Need to Lose the Expectations If You Want to Achieve That Goal

Why You Need to Lose the Expectations If You Want to Achieve That Goal

Can you remember a time when your weight loss efforts ended in frustration – where you felt disappointed and probably beat yourself up because you didn’t hit your target? Frustration (or disappointment) is a sure sign of having had expectations – a weight loss goal is one thing; an expectation is something entirely different. That’s why it’s important to understand why goals are not the same as expectations. Goals Vs. Expectations “Goals provide focus. With no guiding vision or plan, people tend to drift. Goals provide a measuring stick for progress. Goals enhance productivity. They bolster self-esteem. And most of all, goals increase commitment, so you’re more likely to achieve whatever you set out to conquer.” -Hara Estroff Marano, Psychology Today Simply put, Merriam-Webster defines a goal as something that you are trying to do or to achieve. An expectation, in contrast, is a belief that something will happen or is likely to happen; a feeling or belief about how successful, good, etc., someone or something will be. It’s not difficult to see how setting unrealistic expectations can foil anyone’s goals. Think about those home exercise videos that claim you can “lose up to 10 pounds each week” or “effortlessly slim inches off your waist”. When you don’t get the results you expect, it’s easy to throw in the towel and forget about the goal you set altogether. 5 Tips to Set Realistic Goals Here are five simple strategies to help you set realistic goals: Get clear on what you want to achieve. One of the surest ways to fail is to have vague goals. It’s important to be...
Are You Weighed Down by Negativity? Spring Clean Your Mindset!

Are You Weighed Down by Negativity? Spring Clean Your Mindset!

Spring is right around the corner…FINALLY! Can’t you just feel the vibrancy of all the fresh energy about to burst forth? Maybe you set some New Year’s intentions a few months back; maybe you didn’t. No matter where you are on your path, you don’t have to wait until next year to set a new intention. Spring Clean Your Thoughts Why not make spring cleaning one of your intentions as a new season approaches? And no, we’re not just talking about clearing out your closets (even though that’s a good idea, too!). We’re talking something much bigger… We like to say that spring cleaning starts from inside of you and radiates out. So here’s a challenge – commit to building an attitude of positivity. Pick a positive affirmation and say it many times a day, then watch your overall mindset glow. If you’re doubting the power of positive affirmations or you’ve tried them in the past with few results, read on… Get Your Shine On! Positivity is a big deal these days. According to a recent CNN Money article, two creative women (Marah Lidey and Naomi Hirabayashi) founded Shine Text, a daily text message service intended to help address negative thought patterns through the power of positive affirmations. The positive messages generally focus on one of Shine Text’s four pillars, which are: confidence, daily happiness, mental health and productivity. One text reads in part “We think at 1300 words per min, so imagine what 5 mins of negative thoughts does…” Whoa! If you’re trying to lose weight (or accomplish just about any other intention), just think of the devastating...
This Yummy Chili Recipe Will Warm You Up This Winter

This Yummy Chili Recipe Will Warm You Up This Winter

We’ve made it our goal to show you that healthy food CAN also be delicious. Once a month, we’ll be sharing mouthwatering, delicious recipes that you can make right at home using ingredients available at your local grocery store. Plus, every recipe comes with a fun food fact about one of the ingredients used. Let’s get right to it with one of our favorites…chili! The Recipe 3.5 oz. lean ground beef 1 cup chopped tomatoes ½ cup water 2 tablespoons minced red or green onion 2 cloves garlic, minced Pinch of garlic powder Pinch of onion powder Pinch of oregano ¼ teaspoon chili powder Cayenne pepper to taste (optional) Salt & pepper to taste To prepare, Brown ground beef in a small frying pan, add onions and garlic. Stir in tomatoes and water. Add spices and simmer slowly until liquid is reduced. The longer it cooks, the more tender and flavorful. Add a little water as needed to prevent burning. Serve with chopped green onion or tomato garnish and salt and pepper to taste. Makes 1 serving. And your fun food fact for today is… Botanically, the tomato is really a fruit – not a vegetable. And, it’s a good natural source of vitamins C and A. The tomato just doesn’t add incredible flavor to your meals – it has some pretty fascinating beauty benefits, too! This article has 7 interesting beauty uses you might not be aware...
Easy, Delectable Fra Diavolo Sauce with Shrimp & Scallops

Easy, Delectable Fra Diavolo Sauce with Shrimp & Scallops

We’ve made it our goal to show you that healthy food CAN also be delicious. Once a month, we’ll be sharing mouthwatering, delicious recipes that you can make right at home using ingredients available at your local grocery store. Plus, every recipe comes with a fun food fact about one of the ingredients used. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, here’s a fabulous recipe that’s so easy, anyone can make it! People might just think you’re a natural-born chef (shhhh, we won’t tell!). Set the table, turn the lights down low, put on some of your favorite music, and enjoy a quiet dinner just for two… The Recipe 6 cloves garlic, crushed 3 cup whole peeled tomatoes, chopped 1 ½ teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes 7 oz. small shrimp, peeled and deveined 7 oz. bay scallops 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley To prepare, Sauté garlic over medium heat in non-stick skillet. When the garlic starts to sizzle, pour in the tomatoes. Season with salt and red pepper. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Lightly coat a large skillet with cooking spray and add the shrimp and scallops. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring frequently, or until the shrimp turn pink. Add shrimp and scallops to the tomato mixture, and stir in the parsley. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the sauce just begins to bubble. Serve. Makes 4 servings. And your fun food fact for today is… Shrimp isn’t only delicious – it’s filled with protein AND has just 83 calories and 1 gram...
Lose the Weight, Not Who You Are

Lose the Weight, Not Who You Are

Losing weight doesn’t have to mean you lose who you are. In fact, you must love yourself to ensure successful weight loss – and maintenance of your new weight. But how do you love yourself when you look in the mirror and feel discouraged, when you’re constantly bombarded everywhere you look with images of super-skinny models (that are probably Photoshopped anyway)? Weight loss is such a transformational journey, meandering down a road full of bends and crossroads. But none of that should derail you from loving yourself during the metamorphosis of becoming a new, healthier you. Lose the myth that you love food and you’re a foodie. Stop that self-sabotage – NOW! Love yourself for the beautiful and unique person that you are! Lose Weight with Love Weight loss motivated by negative factors isn’t a recipe for success, according to Lissa Rankin, M.D. Writing in Psychology Today, Rankin says, “If your weight loss is fueled by negative mind chatter and self-hatred, weight loss becomes punishment.” You know the familiar routine. You feel something is missing in your life. You had a bad day. You just need a little comfort. So, you raid the fridge for pie and ice cream and just when you swallow the first bite, you realize your diet didn’t allow for that extravagance. Yup, you’ve done it again. You start to criticize yourself, calling yourself a loser (or worse). And you probably compare yourself to others too. By the end of all this, you end up with a whole lot of self-hate. “Jeez. No wonder you’re having trouble losing weight,” says Rankin. You must reclaim yourself...
Why You Need to Change Your Perspective if You Want to Really Lose Weight This Year

Why You Need to Change Your Perspective if You Want to Really Lose Weight This Year

“We would accomplish many more things if we did not think of them as impossible.” -C. Malesherbes It’s that time of year again when everyone sets out to accomplish all their New Year’s resolutions. What’s wrong with that? Nothing – except that fewer than 10% of people actually achieve those goals. Today we’ll cover several strategies you can use to boost your chances of weight loss success in the New Year. First let’s talk about reframing your concept of goal-setting by thinking about the differences between setting an “intention” and making a “resolution”. Intention…or Resolution? Merriam-Webster defines the word intention as: the thing that you plan to do or achieve: an aim or purpose a determination to act in a certain way what one intends to do or bring about Resolution has varied meanings, including: the act or process of resolving something that is resolved; firmness of resolve a formal expression of opinion, will, or intent voted by an official body or assembled group To me, intention sounds more actionable and powerful than resolution – it feels enthusiastic, doesn’t it? If you think so too, start reframing your weight loss goal so you’re thinking about it as a real, tangible intention that you have for yourself. Next, integrate the three strategies discussed below into your life – and you’ll be well on your way to achieving your goal! Understand the Value in Your Intention When you’re working toward achieving your weight loss goal (or any other objective you might have), it’s vital for you to recognize the value in the whole process – instead of solely focusing on the...