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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You need a livable food plan

Dieting doesn't work.  Not in the long run.  Dieting, as it is often done, puts your body into starvation mode so that it will drop weight quickly.  Many people do this for a short period of time thinking they will be motivated by the quick initial loss.  The problem is, as soon as you stop starving your body, the weight comes back on even more easily than it did before.  This is because you have now taught your body that food may become scarce and it needs to cling to every calorie it receives.

Unless you find a food plan that you can live with for the rest of your life, you are likely to be forever stuck in the yo-yo dieting loop.  Not only is this a terribly unhealthy way to live, most people gain more weight each time they yo-yo back up.

Over the years, there have been many strict fad diets that promise rapid weight loss, rapid fat loss and other such things.  Most of them work - for a time.  They are often medically supervised in order to lend credibility.  Sometimes, after a few years of popularity, they make headlines as people begin dying or developing chronic diseases from them.  Then we see the ads from the lawyers for the class-action lawsuits.

Yes, you need to eat less in order to lose weight, but starvation levels aren't healthy and they aren't likely to help you achieve your true end goal - keeping the weight off.  Are you currently on a diet in which you feel constantly deprived?  Do you look forward to the day when you can once again have all the foods you like, or even just enjoy the food you eat?  Perhaps it's time to stop dieting and begin a healthy, livable food plan.