10 Commandments of Weight Loss by Dr. Oz

These is so great, you could print and put it on your fridge 😉


1. Thou Shalt Not Wear Pants that Stretch

Your clothing is an early-warning system for weight gain. When it’s getting hard to snap your jeans, you know it’s time to be vigilant. Wearing stretchy clothes allows you to live in ignorance of how your body is growing, making it easier to pack on pounds without knowing it.

2. Thou Shalt Not Keep Fat Clothes in Your Closet

When you keep the clothes you wore at an unhealthy weight, it gives you a back-up plan if the pounds don’t come off. Instead, force yourself to stay on track by 86ing your “fat pants.”

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It’s the food!

During our weight loss challenges groups I will often mention some disturbing facts about the food we eat today but I normally take it easy as I am not one for taking the “scaring people’s approach” and honestly, I think people won’t even believe it and will think I am crazy! 🙂

We live in denial, we know it’s “easier” to believe that it’s not that bad than it is to take a real look at the issue, understand it and deal with it. But on the other hand, I think in the same process lies one of the keys to change, just when you have a real look at the issue, understand what it’s causing you, you can get “shocked enough” to deal with it by changing.

Myself, I find it very hard not to change once I have the knowledge of “why I should”…. for example, after I saw “Supersize me” I’ve cut fast food to a bare minimum  but after I saw “Fast food nation” I cut it to ZERO!

Supersize me made me realize the effects of it on my health but I was still thinking “once in a while is okay” but after watching “Fast food nation”, it was the information about Continue reading

Is it a matter of choice?

It turns out that San Francisco banned most of McDonald’s Happy Meals as they are now served in today… of course this is a subject that stirs a lot of controversy, different opinions and discussions…

Some people feel very strong about the matter because they believe people should be able to make their own choices and once the government comes and take control of it you are being “dominated” and your freedom of choice is being taken away. I get it and I am all for freedom of choice.

My problem with this situation is:

1) We are dealing with kids! They don’t know what’s best for them. Yes, the parents should be the ones making the choice for the kids but are they really? Parents are too tired after a day of hard work to argue with their kids about good nutrition, for putting up with temper tantrum and for arriving home and cooking a home made meal. Sorry, I know it’s not ALL parents etc but if parents were in control of their kids nutrition we would not be dealing with such a big problem with kids obesity and diabetes!

2) Are we really choosing our food our are we just addicted to it? It’s become more clear everyday that the junk food is engineered to make us eat more of it, the power of addiction of these food are compared to any other drug! When you are dealing with addiction you are not giving the addicted person choice, you are giving them opportunity to make better choices and creating ways for them to stay away from their weakness. (read this interesting article about food addiction)

The way I see is that this so called ban is being exaggerated (as always) and if you read into what they’ve done I see them taking away the incentive (the toy) from the junk food and instead adding the incentive into the better choice (that includes the fruit and the veggie) in the hopes to make it attractive and maybe, finally making it a “Happy Meal”!

“forbid restaurants from offering a free toy with meals that contain more than set levels of calories, sugar and fat.”

“also require restaurants to provide fruits and vegetables with all meals for children that come with toys. restaurants may include a toy with a meal if the food and drink combined contain fewer than 600 calories, and if less than 35% of the calories come from fat.”

Here to articles for you to read, the one reporting about the ban

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-happy-meals-20101103,0,5438230.story

and another one with a different opinion than mine “Hands off our Happy Meals”

What’s your opinion about it? I would love to hear it 🙂

In closing I want to mention a great point that our CEO at Herbalife, Michael O. Johnson made to us at the L.A. Extravaganza…

“On my desk, I have a small plaque with the Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, “The first wealth is health.” In terms of health, half the world is dieting and half of it is starving—we can help with both. Tell me why a shake full of good proteins, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and healthy carbs is called a “meal replacement,” and a burger, fries and soda is called a “meal.” The world is upside down about what qualifies as nutrition but becoming more educated over time. “

Interesting standards we have nowadays, is it? Gives you something to think about…

10 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight

Great article I just came across! Do read it as I am sure you will get many “aha’s”

Interesting enough, one of the reasons is exaclty about what I was writing about yesterday (I didn’t post it yet but now I will have to :P)

“REASON 4 You keep trying the same weight loss strategies over and over.”

That’s all I will write right now, so read on!

“Understand that losing 1 pound a week for 20 weeks is a far more successful and sustainable diet plan than losing 20 pounds in 2 weeks using diet plans that focus on restrictions and deprivation.”

via 10 Reasons You Are Not Losing Weight.

Resisting to change…

I often wonder what’s it that makes change so hard for many people?

Working with people on a daily bases gives you enough “insight” into peoples habits, things that makes them happy, things that makes them unhappy, things they want to change and things they want to leave untouched and it’s really hard to find a pattern, to find a formula as we are all “so different but so much of the same”.

If I look back in my life I find myself as one of “these people”… I was not one for changing, in fact I was very set on my old ways, the type that would look at you and say “This is who I am! I am NOT going to change, if you don’t like me, deal with it. I was born this way, I will die this way”. Crazy, uh?

Today I can’t even identify with those sentences anymore, much less comprehend where did I got the belief of “being” as such a permanent, unchangable form. Today I think that the concept of “ME’ is very fluid… if I don’t like how something is, I change it.

What got me into the path of changing myself was, of course, Jim Rohn and his classic quote:

“for things to change, you have to change”

That helped me to understand that I could not keep being who I was, keep doing what I was doing and expecting different results. I think it was Einstein that said that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results.

I see that all the time when it comes to my weight loss challenge participants… someone that has been doing “Weight watchers” for 20 years and wants to keep doing it. With all due respect to “my people” and to weight watchers, if that plan was working the person wouldn’t need to be here, right now. Isn’t it time to change your approach?!

People will always try to repeat “what they know” even if that isn’t helping them to achieve what they want. I can try to come up with all sorts of answers to why is that… conditioning, been scared of the unknown, lack of knowledge, been afraid of succeeding, but the truth is, I don’t know why people resist to change.

So I invite you to think about yourself, think about your resistance (if it’s the case) to new things and come up with your own answers…. What are the old habits that you keep repeating that are stopping you to achieve the results that you want???