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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Moderation is weight-loss key

It's January and ads are everywhere claiming the latest weight loss "miracle."  Many will claim that you can lose up to one pound of fat per day.  And you want so much for it to be true.  I wish it was that easy. 

Another thing most of these plans will tell you is that you have to eliminate a particular food group, eat only specific foods, or eat at a near-starvation level.  Those claims are no more true than the previous statement. 

If you truly want to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life, you need to make permanent lifestyle changes, period.  Moderation, not elimination is what will do that for you.  With each change you make in your life, you have to want to make that change.  Changes you want to make are changes you can live with the rest of your life.

When you get married or have a baby, you have to make changes.  You want to make those changes so you see them as something you can do for the rest of your life.  Changing your eating habits works the same way.  Find some changes you can feel comfortable and happy making knowing the positive effects you will achieve. 

For instance, can you commit to cutting back just 25 percent on each meal or snack?  You don't even need to change what you eat or how often.  Perhaps you can feel good about taking a 10-minute walk several days each week?  These small changes might be just enough to stabilize your weight, or cause some small losses.  Changes like these, that you can live with, will provide permanent results that will help motivate you to make more small changes, which can lead to a solid, healthy lifestyle.