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Internationally Recognized Weight Loss Expert Provides 10 Effective Tips

Denver, CO (PRWEB) January 13, 2006 -- Everyone would love to have a beautiful, fit, and healthy body, effortlessly, without changing a thing. “To ensure weight loss success, you must do things differently,” says Laurie Bell, an internationally recognized weight loss expert and the author of Lose the Lies, Lose the Weight: The Ultimate Guide to Permanent Weight Loss. According to Laurie Bell, “These 10 key changes will get you well on your way to lifelong fitness.

1. Eliminate the dieting mentality. Losing weight isn't about going on a diet. Permanent weight loss requires a lifestyle change. Many people view nutrition changes and exercise as a temporary thing—something they’ll only do until they get their weight off. The good habits that will get the weight off are the same good habits that will keep the weight off.

2. Get determined. Permanent weight loss success begins with the belief you will succeed. When you experience minor setbacks, refuse to give up.

3. Visualize your ideal self. Cut pictures out of health and fitness magazines such as Oxygen, Shape, or Men's Health. Add your face to the fit person’s body. Visualize yourself as a healthy, fit, and energetic weight loss success story.

4. Set specific fitness goals. Having specific goals leads to steady weight loss. Saying you want to lose weight is too vague. Everyone wants to lose weight. Decide exactly how much weight you will lose. For example: I will lose x pounds per month. I will lose x pounds per week. I will exercise x days per week.

5. Get support. Join a health club. Hire a certified personal trainer to teach you the body shaping exercises in Lose the Lies, Lose the Weight. Choose a personal trainer over working out with a friend. Paid professionals will be there to workout at a designated time. Consistent workouts lead to results.

6. Keep a food journal. Guessing at how many calories you’re eating isn’t effective. Purchase a calorie counter book and use it regularly. The average woman will lose weight by consuming 1,200-1,500 calories daily while the average man will lose weight by consuming 1,800-2,100 calories daily. Eat three small meals and three healthy snacks evenly spaced throughout the day.

7. Eat like a champion. Do you think champions begin their day with donuts, pastries, or sugary cereals? Of course not! Athletes eat lots of fruits, vegetables, rice, lean proteins, and whole-grain foods to maintain their energy level. When you eat like a champion, you’ll have the energy necessary to accomplish your goals without feeling hungry or deprived.

8. Brown bag it. Weight loss success at work requires planning. Prepare your lunch the night before so it’s ready when you’re rushing off to work. Having healthy food readily available means, you won’t be as tempted to grab unhealthy, convenience foods as you’ve always done.

9. Reward yourself along the way. Don’t wait until you get to your ideal weight to reward yourself. Set small goals along the way. For example, every time you lose five pounds, do something special for yourself. Ideas include: massages, new shoes, rounds of golf, a kid-free night out, or a weekend getaway. Every pound lost is a personal victory. Every day you stick with your nutrition and exercise plan, you are rewarded by getting one step closer to your fitness goal.

10. Think long-term. Resolve that 2006 will be different. This year you will finally choose a fabulous physique over a few moments of food. Instead of focusing on your food, focus on how incredible you will look and feel when you say no to temptation. Remember-dessert only tastes good for a minute, but living in a healthy body feels tremendous all year long!

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