At a very early age, society, advertising, and popular culture start instructing which foods are a treat and which aren’t a treat. I remember Saturday morning cartoons glorifying cupcakes, cheeseburgers, doughnuts and candy while vilifying vegetables, fish, liver and cottage cheese. It’s insidious the way they programmed us to believe that a doughnut is a … Read more Is that Treat Really a Treat?
Most of us try hard to be reliable. If we make a commitment to someone, we do our best to honor it. We want our friends, loved ones, and co-workers to know that they can count on us. As a result, we end up doing things we may not really feel like doing–simply because we’ve told … Read more Building trust
I just returned home from an 8-day business trip. If you travel for business, you know how that goes: your normal eating and exercise routines are thrown completely under the bus, you don’t have a lot of control over what and when you eat, the food is often richer and more indulgent than your usual … Read more Stop hitting the pause button
What am I saying No to by saying Yes to this? I love this question because it allows me to be a little more conscious of the trade-offs I am making. If I’m just trying to decide whether or not I want dessert, the answer is always going to be Yes. But if saying Yes … Read more What are you saying no to?
Do you ever feel like there are two versions of you? There’s Morning You that’s totally committed to a healthy lifestyle. The you that makes a smoothie for breakfast, packs a salad for lunch, takes the stairs instead of the elevator, fills up your water bottle several times a day (from the furthest possible water … Read more Staying on track in the evenings
Starting a new diet requires optimism. Especially if you have a long history of failed attempts. (And most of us do.) We have to convince ourselves that this time will be different. Otherwise, why even bother? One of the ways we muster that optimism in the face of so much damning evidence is to focus … Read more Stop looking for the perfect diet
Time is tight during the holidays, and that may mean that you really do not have time to do your regular exercise minute routine. Usually, I walk 15 minutes to the gym, do 40 minutes of throwing around something fun and heavy, and then walk 15 minutes home again. That is 70 minutes that I … Read more Move your body when you can this holiday season
There are so many extra opportunities to indulge at this time of year. As we’ve been talking about all month, the idea is not to completely avoid all the good things. But at the same time, if we indulge at every opportunity, it’s probably going to undermine our goals/progress. Instead of trying to indulge less, … Read more Learn to indulge more extravagantly
It’s not just you. MOST of us end up eating more sugar, drinking more alcohol, missing more workouts, and eating fewer vegetables at this time of year. We THINK the problem is that we’ve lost our motivation. But I don’t think we stop wanting to weigh less just because it’s the holidays. It’s just that our usual … Read more Staying motivated through the holidays
In the Weighless Program, we have members spanning a wide range of demographics. One well-represented group is perimenopausal and menopausal women. As a result, a common question that pops up is whether or not the “middle-age spread” is inevitable. As we tell our members, just because something is common, doesn’t mean it is inevitable. I … Read more Menopause and the Middle-Age Spread