December 4, 2015

Where to Start! Dieting 101: 10 Easy Tips All Dieters Must Know

Are you often confused and feel overwhelmed by all the different and conflicting information on how to eat? Let’s cut thru the confusion!

I agree, it can be very confusing where to begin and who to listen to, and although I certainly don’t have all the answers, I can share with you what I’ve learned in my 25 years plus in this industry and what has worked for me.

The best way to get started is to learn all you can about health -from people who already ARE healthy- not only physically, but emotionally and mentally too! Find people who have not just the looks, but more importantly the energy that you want to have as your role models and learn from them.

Losing weight is one thing, but keeping it off and feeling good about yourself is something completely different which both involve having a healthy lifestyle and having a “healthy mindset”. Otherwise, the weight won’t stay off and you won’t ever have lasting happiness no matter how you look.

True health doesn’t involve tricks, pills or fads…in fact, I’ve noticed myself if I’ve put on a few pounds it’s often because I’ve violated one of the below tips!

10 Easy Tips All Dieters Must Know:

  1. Drink plenty of pure, filtered (non-tap!) water during the day (1/2 your body weight in ounces is the minimum)
  2. Eat at least one raw salad per day with a variety of low-starch veggies and greens (organic if possible)
  3. Avoid sugar/sugar substitutes/high fructose corn syrup, Splenda, Aspartame, fructose, “syrups”, manitol, etc (read labels!)
  4. Eliminate table salt, fried, smoked or processed/fake foods
  5. Avoid SOY like the plaque! (read labels!)
  6. Include small amounts of free-range, lean protein from healthy, responsibly-raised animals (especially at breakfast)
  7. Each day be sure to eat some natural fats like avocado, a small portion of raw unsalted nuts/seeds, raw organic coconut butter or cold-pressed olive oil
  8. Shop the perimeter of the store.(that’s where the healthy stuff is!)
  9. I do not recommend you regularly consume “fancy designer” shakes/meals, packaged/boxed meals or rely on expensive programs. Research has shown, although they can help initially, in the long term they do not result in SUSTAINED weight loss or OPTIMAL health, plus, and perhaps more importantly, they do not teach you how to eat and function in real life settings.
  10. Don’t use food as a substitute for something lacking in your life, as a reward or some other emotionally-based reason. And if you do, heck, who hasn’t at one time or another, get to the bottom of what that’s all about or else you will never make real and LASTING progress. 🙂

Now I’m no doctor, but in addition to the above suggestions, add some fun and regular exercise, quality sleep, something that feels like “play”, something that feeds your soul,  good friends/love and most importantly, only positive self-talk and you’ve got My Prescription for Health!

Let me hear from YOU!

Which of my suggestions are gonna be the first you start with? Please let us know and share your thoughts in the comments below. Just pick one of my suggestions and commit to it: DO IT NOW…you’ll be glad you did!

And be sure to check back regularly for more help and encouragement from me and our community of friends.

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Amy Fournier is a former People-Pleaser now Healthy Lifestyle Entrepreneur. She specializes in managing and maximizing ENERGY, emotional fitness, natural health and beauty from the inside out. She is the Founder of Miami Fitness & Lifestyle®, located in North Andover, Massachusetts which is a unique fusion of specialty fitness classes with community and fun for women. Amy considers herself to be a student of life and a work in progress – she is also a vlogger, author, International fitness cover model, workshop presenter, dance, fitness and yoga instructor, philanthropist, friend, daughter, nap-lover and lucky Mom to cute little fur-baby, Charlotte.

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