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#1 - Avoid fad or crash diets.

When you put yourself on a diet of maple syrup and chili powder, it's pretty obvious that you're not going to stick with it. Even diets that are carb-free or all-protein are recipes for non-committal. When something isn't natural and do-able, it's bound to be short-lived. There's no quick fix for long-term weight loss.
If your diet involves severe calorie limitations, self-induced vomiting, cutting entire categories of foods (or only consuming one category), using laxatives or weight-loss medications or products, it's not healthy. You'll be better off (and more motivated) with a diet that makes you look good and feel good -- for a long, long time.

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#2 - Never set foods off-limits.

The older we get, the more we think we're not like children, but we still are. If you set three toys in front of a child and tell them they can't have the third one, which one will they want to play with? The same goes with your food. If you can't have dessert, you'll want it all the more. So instead of eliminating it, just limit it. Let yourself have a bite or a small piece of that cake. Otherwise you'll just eat everything else! Toni's concept is nothing is off limits Just learn how to be reasonable!! (You can learn this by the way!!! No one ever taught you how before!!)
Telling yourself you can't have something just feels terrible. It's a punishment and it starts the negative thinking train rolling down the tracks. The truth is a bite of that cake won't make you gain weight -- but three pieces will. So load up on your steamed veggies for dinner and allow yourself to have a reasonable piece of that cake. The massive amount of cauliflower you just ingested proves you deserve it.


#3 - Find alternative ways to cope with emotions.

When friends gather, be it in celebration, commiseration, or just to kill time, what do they do? They eat (or drink). When we're happy, we eat. When we're sad, we eat. When we have nothing better to do, we eat. Unfortunately, that's good for no dieter. Alternative methods of feeling must be had!
Let Toni help you to start thinking about when and why you eat, not just what. Maybe you always eat mindlessly when you're watching television, or maybe you go straight to the fridge when you're stressed. When you become aware of your patterns, it becomes easier to determine the cause. Start by keeping your hands busy -- knitting, reading, or doing a word puzzle can keep you from grabbing the popcorn.


#4 - Keep a food journal.

Those who write down everything they eat are often more successful at losing weight than those who don't. Concretely facing what you're eating puts it in a new light -- you'll notice patterns and be forced to look at your bad habits.
Get a food journaling partner if at all possible. Eating 4 Snickers bars is a lot more embarrassing when you have to tell someone else. The more responsible you have to be, the more likely you'll stick to it.


#5 - Use pictures.

Sometimes we need little reminders of why we're doing what we're doing, and pictures can do just that. Get some pictures and post them around your office, the kitchen, or on your desktop. What kind of pictures? Glad you asked. There are two ways to think of this:
Find old pictures of you that remind you of what you want to look like. Knowing that you had it once lets you know you can have it again!
Find pictures of others whose bodies you want to emulate. Being bombarded with something you want and are working toward can be great motivation.


#6 - Ask for support.

Everything is easier to do when you're not doing it alone. Even if all your family/friends/roommates/strangers you live with couldn't care less about their own health or weight loss, they can make your path to success a bit easier. If they know what your plan is, they'll be less likely to tempt you to the dark side with cookies.


Weight loss can be hard BUT you don't have to go it alone!!!

Remember, Toni is always there to help - give her a call at 201-224-5973 or Click here to Visit Her Web Site for more information! she is offering In Office Sessions as well as Her Telemedicine website www.doxy.me/tonignutrition, Telephone, WhatsApp Chat and FaceTime!

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