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30 pound weight loss part 4: The blame game of "moderation"

Here comes the holiday season. You gather to share food and festivities. Grandma loves to prepare treats, so after dinner she sets out three pies, two cakes, and an assortment of cookies.

What's a weight loss advocate to do? According to many experts, it's about moderation. Don't buy into that, even for a moment. Here's why.

ABC News reported that there are currently 100 million dieters in the United States, investing $20 billion a year into the weight loss industry. Of that 100 million, how many do you believe consumed food in moderation?

It's noble to aspire to moderation, but let's get practical. A portion of meat the size of your fist; 8-10 almonds at one time; cereal in one half cup servings. That's not realistic and few will adhere to moderation over a period of time.

There's an old adage that states"some people live to eat; other people eat to live." Which are you?

I have known only a handful of "eat to live" consumers. In the…

30 pound weight loss part 3: Stay down-low on diet

For most, the physical and emotional aspects of weight loss can be daunting. It's a tough journey and challenging to make the it through the process.

I'd suggest a weighted factor for success is to be private about your weight loss plan. Most individuals mean well, but after you disclose you are dieting, conversations can turn troublesome.

Let's say you're attending a morning yoga class. While warming up, you declare you're on the new _____ diet, have been doing it for _____ weeks, and to date you have lost ______ pounds.

Here is where trouble can begin. People will want to respond. Sme of what comes at you will get inside your psyche and ping around in your brain. Comments on "how you look" or about "seeing some change" can play against your own self-perception.

The key to long term weight loss is to be authentic to yourself. How you feel about your weight day by day, what you see in the mirror, and your vision for 2017 (both Mind Over Diet and…

30 pound weight loss part 2: Cheater days are deadly

Losing weight is hard. And staying on track to lose weight is even more difficult.

I have reviewed several highly promoted weight loss plans that advocate for "cheater days" where it's posited you can let loose and go crazy, as often as once per week.

Don't do it.

Most of weight loss is a psychological house of cards. It's fragile and each day is a challenge. Eat well, or go where the mind wants to take you. One day it's roasted vegetables, while the next can be a bucket of candy, thick crust pizza and chocolate malts.

It's quite possible to completely fall off your diet journey through one day of cheater eating. The threat of failure closes in and you see yourself as a failed experiment. The melancholy of a food binge can lead to the need for even more satiation. So one mistake turns into a diet fail.

No one is perfect, least of all me. I have had several binge days and then the shadow that's over my head after those actions. When I wrote Mind Over D…

30 pound weight loss part 1: Get your head right

I've been on a journey over the past five months. I cut 30 pounds. Went from an out of control 194 to hovering around 165 today. There have been a lot of detours and restarts along the way. I thought it a good time to share as we head in the food-binge holiday season.

There's a big piece many overlook and that's getting your head right. Before you jump on the latest prescribed weight crash program, start to think. Frame your mind with all things related to food and fitness:

1) Alter your news aggregator to feed diet and nutrition news. Bring it to the front. When you check in on laptop, tablet or smart phone, make sure you are building your knowledge and setting your consciousness to your "program of study."

2) Get into podcasts and feed your mind with audio messaging. Set aside the music and sync some of the dozens of food and fitness programs that are available for free. Perfect for car, walking, gym, etc. If you would like to learn about some I recommend, leav…