Did you know that Americans spend over $30 billion annually on weight-loss programs and products?  $30 BILLION dollars (I feel like Dr. Evil when I say that).  Things like juice fasts that can last up to 30 days (WAY unhealthy), acupuncture (only effective when COMBINED with diet and exercise), fad diets and hot yoga (don’t even get me started).  That breaks down to hundreds of dollars per person spent on weight loss.  Not to mention the time, effort, and frustration that go along with it.  And all of it stems from our notion that we are owed some form of instant gratification.  That just because it took me 10 or 20 or 30 years to make our bodies look like this, there is no WAY that it should take that long to take it off.  I should be able to shed this extra 10, 20 or 30 pounds in the next month, or definitely by Christmas.  You and I both know that that’s not how it works, right?  We know that good old clean eating is really the key.  So, how do I “eat clean”?

Eat a Balance of foods – You can’t be healthy if you are completely eliminating an entire food group.  You may need less carbs than you think (only about 40% of your total calories will probably do), but you still need them.  Fats are essential, etc.  Get a good balance of foods in your diet.  Look for lots of colors.

Choose Whole Foods – Supplements are meant to be just that.  They are supposed to go WITH your diet, not INSTEAD of your diet.  Supplements will never give you what food will, especially in terms of QUALITY.  You have to eat good, whole, REAL food.  Vegetables, fruits, meats/nuts/fish, etc. to get the results that you are looking for.

Make it a “lifestyle” – Diets are temporary.  Lifestyles are forever.  Make your food habits forever.  Don’t look for the temporary fix.  Look for the lifetime of health.

Be patient and have a plan – This is not an overnight fix.  You and I have discussed this and know this all too well.  You have to be disciplined and be patient.  If you are dropping 1-2 pounds per week, you are in a really good place.  Remember, as well, this is not a linear process.  You’re going to have bumps and setbacks along the way.  You have to make sure that you are in it for the long haul, and don’t get down on yourself if you have a bad day or a bad week.  Just get back on the horse and back on track.

If we could re-divert the money we spend on quick fixes over to good, whole foods, a lot of our problems would sort themselves out, don’t you think?

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