I'm confident many will agree one of the toughest things about keeping a lean physique and maintaining weight loss, is being able to control eating habits. There are many variables that affect our success in this area, but none more so, in my opinion, than the fact our busy lifestyles make us feel there is no time to spend on planning and consuming food choices that keep us lean and more healthy.

I’m confident many will agree one of the toughest things about keeping a lean physique and maintaining weight loss, is being able to control eating habits.  There are many variables that affect our success in this area, but none more so, in my opinion, than the fact our busy lifestyles make us feel there is no time to spend on planning and consuming food choices that keep us lean and more healthy. 

I am excited to tell you that I believe the answer to this problem lies within each of us.  This is good news because it also means that anyone can make great improvements in their health and weight loss goals when they put their minds to it!  It is all about setting your goals, making a serious promise of change, having confidence, and believing in yourself long enough to follow through with a good plan.  You can do this!  Just develop a passion for why your goals are important, continue to revisit them daily along the way, and this concept will carry you above and beyond any results you could have ever imagined.  I challenge you to believe in yourself to make knowledgeable choices daily that  take you to your goals!

I encourage you to give this tool a try when it comes to your nutritional choices.  Start a dialog with yourself on the subject of controlling your emotional eating habits. Here’s how it works.  The next time you are considering unnecessary and unhealthy choices filled with sugar and fats, simply remind yourself to say no, because it is loaded with heavy calories, and will work against your goals, and make you gain unwanted inches and pounds.  During this back and forth discussion, just take your time, have faith in yourself, and think it through a little longer, because more times than not, your good conscious will also come up with a positive goal oriented thought for you to consider as well.  Now you just have to listen to your better judgement, and follow through by making a great decision that matches your goals, and not the choice that ruins them.  This is also a good time to remember that promise to yourself, and why it is important for you to be strong in these situations.  I challenge you to fight a lot longer and a little harder when it comes to making these choices, because achieving your goals are worth it! And with time these difficult food choices will become easier.

This process could help lead you down the path of breaking the dependency on food to feel better.  It is not easy, but when this task is mastered, your are not far away from successful weight loss and improved health.  I challenge you to keep your intake in perspective by viewing it as fuel for your body and mind, that will promote optimal performance, and an active quality of life.

Finding alternatives to food when dealing with stress is also helpful.  Stress can definitely make you eat more!  Take a proactive approach to de-stress yourself.  Maybe run an errand, exercise, or clean the house.  Typically when you drink water and occupy your mind, your cravings or urge to eat will subside or go away.  We also cannot discount the power of staying satisfied from sunrise to sundown, by having breakfast, quality vitamins, lunch, dinner, and healthy snacks in between, each and everyday.  It is also very important to stay hydrated with proper fluids and water!

Healthy eating is not about dieting.  Its about making a lifelong commitment to changing eating habits that make you healthy and lean, feel better, look better, and perform better!

Until next week please make it a healthy and nutritious day.  To get started on nutrition products for weight loss, sports performance, wellness, and active energy, please contact Reggie at Reggies Personal Training and Nutrition, 104 E. Main, Downtown Shawnee, (405) 613-0237.  Or message on facebook at reggies personal training and nutrition.