Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

12/29/12
Holiday stress

12/15/12
Holiday season isn't all just about food

12/01/12
Plan ahead to stay on the right track

11/17/12
Prioritize this Thanksgiving

11/03/12
Choose treats wisely during the holidays

10/20/12
Starting a weightlifting routine

10/06/12
Healthy body has right signs

09/22/12
You need a livable food plan

09/08/12
Tailor your food according to needs

08/25/12
Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

08/11/12
Traveling can challenge eating habits

07/28/12
Parenting your own inner spoiled child

07/14/12
Long-term motives create long-lasting results

06/30/12
Interval training works for anyone

06/16/12
Check ingredients when eating out

06/02/12
Get out of the house for your workout

05/19/12
Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

05/05/12
Cooking extra saves time and calories

04/21/12
Even small changes can make an impact

04/07/12
Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

03/24/12
Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

03/10/12
Make your lifestyle and health compatible

02/25/12
A little exercise can yield big results

02/11/12
Food plans can help you eat right

01/28/12
Moderation is weight-loss key

01/14/12
Give your weight-loss plan time

12/31/11
Combat post-holiday blues with activity

12/17/11
Choose holiday calories carefully

12/03/11
Good kitchen tools make life easier

11/19/11
Enjoy feast in moderation

11/05/11
Start planning holiday meals now

10/22/11
Don't buy Halloween candy too early

10/08/11
Theaters offer healthy snacks

09/24/11:
Try to avoid evening snacking

09/10/11:
Tips to stave off hunger pangs

08/27/11:
Stuck?  Reassess your routine

08/13/11:
Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

07/30/11:
Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

07/16/11:
Learn to love being thin

07/02/11:
Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

06/18/11:
Fruity thoughts to keep fit

06/04/11:
Water can ease cravings

05/21/11:
Working a pool into your exercise routine

05/07/11:
Stay focused, move forward

04/23/11:
Delay caving to craving

04/09/11:
Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

03/26/11:
Holidays are never-ending

03/12/11:
Measuring food is key to weight loss

02/26/11:
Food-logging can help in weight loss

02/12/11:
Find ways to make exercise fun

01/29/11:
Reserve time for your exercise program

01/15/11:
Substitutions for your holiday treats

01/01/11:
Moderation is key to good diet

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Give your weight-loss plan time

Do you struggle to stay on track while watching the scale remain stuck?  Then in a moment of frustration, you indulge and see a loss the next day?

Weight loss is not linear.  When you eat 500 to 1000 calories less per day than you burn, you will lose one-half to 1 pound over time.  Those two little words, "over time" are overlooked but extremely important.  Weight loss takes time and perseverance.  At even one-half pound per week, that adds up to 26 pounds per year.

Now, when one-half pound comes off, the scale doesn't move much.  It takes about a 2-pound move for most of us to feel as though we have accomplished something. 

At one-half pound per week, that's four weeks before we see progress.  It can be hard to persevere that long if you don't feel as though you're being successful.

Also, there is usually a lag time between actions and results.  I experience a lag time of up to two weeks between what I eat and what the scale does.  That means, what my scale is reading today is a result of my eating pattern of two weeks ago.  So, if I've been eating right since January 1, I may still not see that on the scale yet since it's still registering the last part of my holiday indulgences.

If I give up now and just eat ice cream, next week, the scale will reflect the first two weeks of work.  This can make it appear as though I can only lose weight if I eat ice cream! 

Whatever day you start, make a commitment to stick to your plan for one calendar month.  Be patient, and the results you see in those four weeks should help motivate you to continue.