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How to Lose 10 Pounds by Next Weekend

You’re going out next Saturday, and you know just what you want to wear, but it’s too tight. You’ve put on ten pounds since it last fit. Can you lose enough by next weekend so that you can wear it? I’ll bet you can! Here’s how:

1) Set your sights for your “start day” of undereating and get prepared.

Rather than try to “be good” immediately, relax for a few days and set the day you’ll start “undereating” for later this week, like Saturday, Sunday or Monday. This takes the pressure off today, reducing risk of a false start and insures a solid start. This is not an excuse to binge, so just eat normally without trying to restrict severely until your start day.

This is actually a form of self-hypnosis where you are constantly saying to yourself for a few days, “As of (Sunday or Monday, etc.) I am going to start undereating, and by next Saturday morning, my clothes will feel looser and I’ll be down on the scale.”

In the days prior to your start day, do the work to make the week pay off with a maximum drop on the scale.

• Plan out each and every meal for the undereating week, so that each day, you eat no more than 900 calories. Do the work. It will be worth it. This is also another form of self-hypnosis and mental imaging, where the defined meal plan is an example of auto-suggestion, and it will make it easier to live the plan rather than just having vague “good intentions”. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it can be fresh or frozen, and it doesn’t matter when you eat. The calories have to be right, and the less salt and sodium, the better.

• Go shopping to buy everything you’ll need for your meal plan so you don’t end up in the supermarket during the week.

• Go through the house and remove any food that is not part of the food plan. All during the week, you’ll be burning fat like crazy, and when you get hungry, it will be tempting to go on the hunt. If you’re like me, lots of things will do. If you keep “snack foods” in the house, it’s like using auto-suggestion to tell yourself to snack. If all you have in the house are the meals you’ve planned on, it will be easier to work the plan.

• Make a plan to keep yourself busy during the week. If you are used to going to the gym, that can be a good activity, but if you’ve never exercised, this may not be the best time to start. Better to schedule things to fill the days and evenings with enjoyable busyness and then make this the week to go to bed early and get caught up on your sleep.

2) On “start day” focus all your attention on burning fat and shrinking your body.

• Put your head down, move ahead, and don’t let anything stand in your way. Decide ahead of time what you’ll say to those who try to tempt you and focus on how your clothes will feel looser by the end of the week. They may even start to feel a bit looser tomorrow.

• Spend lots of time imagining yourself this weekend feeling leaner and having fun. This is another example if self-hypnosis that fires up your motivation to experience what you imagine. It strengthens desire and discipline.

3) As each day goes by give yourself an “attaboy” on your desk calendar, putting a big “X” through the day, counting down to the weekend.

Can you really lose 10 pounds in that short a period of time? Actually I’ve had more than a few clients lose over 15 pounds in the first week or so of undereating. It depends a lot on where you are starting. Clients who were very overweight and accustomed to eating large quantities of sugary salty food can lose a tremendous amount of weight, lots of retained fluids, when they spend a week eating small quantities of higher quality food. I’ve had a number lose as much as 20 pounds in the first week or so. Smaller people who were not eating huge amounts of food in the first place are not going to see that. However, at the end of the week, even if it’s not 10-20 pounds, your going to feel 1000% better, better about yourself, and your clothes will fit much better than if you had kept overindulging.

If you like this idea, after you’ve tried this, think about setting your sights a little farther off, and losing as much as 50-100 pounds per year, eating food you like. Using behavioral and cognitive behavioral techniques, some of which I described here, you can change your thoughts and your life for good, not just for a week, and you’ll lose your weight problem forever. Read my book and you’ll learn exactly how to do it.

40% of U.S. Women Are Now Obese

(First published in Time.com)

by Alexandra Sifferlin

New numbers show obesity in the United States are high, especially among women

The number of Americans who are overweight or obese continues to reach shocking highs, with some estimates that more than two-thirds of American adults are now overweight or obese. Now, a new study reveals that while obesity rates in men have plateaued, rates have continued to rise among women.

The study, published Tuesday in the journal JAMA, reveals that for the years 2013-2014, the obesity prevalence was 35% for men and 40% for women. When looking at trends over time, the researchers found that from the year 2005 to 2014 there were significant and steady increases in the number of American women who were very obese.

Another study also published Tuesday in JAMA by many of the same researchers revealed that over the last 25 years, there has been a slight increase in obesity among young people ages 12 to 19. The prevalence of obesity among kids ages 2 to 5 has gone down, and it has leveled off in kids ages 6 to 11.

“The obesity epidemic in the United States is now three decades old, and huge investments have been made in research, clinical care, and development of various programs to counteract obesity. However, few data suggest the epidemic is diminishing,” Dr. Jody W. Zylke, the deputy editor of JAMA and Dr. Howard Bauchner, the Editor in Chief of JAMA, wrote in a corresponding editorial.

To reach the findings, study authors from the National Center for Health Statistics at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looked at 2013-2014 data for 2,638 adult men and 2,817 adult women. They also looked at national survey data from 21,013 people who were interviewed from 2005 through 2012.

The number of adults with a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or higher, which is considered high-risk obesity, was 7.7%. For men specifically it was 5.5% and for women it was 9.9%. BMI is not a perfect measure of health and is based on a person’s weight and height ratio rather than their actual amount of body fat. Still, the numbers are in line with what other studies have reported regarding the state of the obesity epidemic in the United States.

In the editorial, Zylke and Bauchner argue that progress over the last 30 years has been far too slow, and that new methods may need to be adopted: “Perhaps it is time for an entirely different approach, one that emphasizes collaboration with the food and restaurant industries that are in part responsible for putting food on dinner tables,” they write.

All bodies matter: How body-shaming makes America less healthy

 

BodyShaming_BlogFeature-1024x585The cure to the obesity epidemic, most doctors say, is a nutritious diet and exercise. But many health-care workers say that solution ignores the role of emotional and mental well-being play in maintaining a healthy weight.

By Chandra Johnson
May 26, 2016

William Anderson was about 7 when he first experienced fat shaming.

It was 1956, and he was in the second grade in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was Valentine’s Day, he recalls, and his teacher brought in a cake for everyone in class — except him.

“I’d really been looking forward to it and of course, I couldn’t have any,” Anderson said.

Anderson doesn’t remember how much he weighed then, but it was enough for his pediatrician to put him on a special diet. All that did was give him a lousy relationship with food.

“That was the beginning of the problem for me because food became a lot more important to me,” said Anderson, now 66. “From then on, my whole sense of self was dominated by being overweight and being an outcast because of it.”

Click here to read the whole story published in The Deseret News.

 

 

Gastric Surgery Now Prescribed For Diabetes – Weight Loss a Side Benefit

Bariatric surgery

Gastric surgery is now being prescribed to treat diabetes, with weight loss being a side benefit. International diabetes organizations are calling for weight-loss surgery to become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are only mildly obese.

Of course, don’t forget that you still need to change your behavior to keep from being overweight. That’s why gastric surgeons refer their patients to The Anderson Method. 

This is something for people with diabetes to study.

Here’s a link to the whole story:

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/diabetes/obesity-surgery-good-way-treat-diabetes-groups-agree-n579531

Finding the Perfect Weight Loss Lunch

The Anderson Method 250-calorie BLT!

The Anderson Method 250-calorie BLT!

This scrumptious BLT is one of the lunches I had regularly when I lost 140 pounds in 18 months 30 years ago. This is only one example in a whole repertoire of great meals I’ll describe below that maintain my success.

(This article first appeared in The Huffington Post)

When clients have asked me to tell them what to eat, I haven’t, because it distracts them from what they really need to do. The secret to success in permanent weight loss is in learning how to think differently and develop your own unique set of habits and preferences, with your own favorites. That’s why diets don’t work. We eventually return to our own preferences, the ways that made us overweight. I don’t give people diets because it’s not the diet that makes you successful. It’s the reprogramming technique I teach.

However, in order to dispute those who claim it’s impossible to have great meals without gaining weight or that you need to eat special concoctions or give up everything you like, I’m going to share some of my favorite meals that are not only delectable, but also keep me thin. We’ll start with lunch. We’ll cover breakfast and dinner another time.

Lunch can be the cause of obesity for many people and the main reason they fail at attempts to lose weight. If you’ve read my work, you know that the physical science of weight control is simple. Eat more calories than you burn, and you’ll get fat. Overeat and you gain weight, undereat and you lose. Getting ourselves to do this is the tricky part, and we’ll talk about that in a minute.

The reason lunch can be such a problem is that its easy to eat thousands of calories too much if you aren’t paying attention. Some of the salads at restaurants can be 1200 calories or more all by themselves. (Some women will gain weight if they eat more than 1500 calories per day!) A Whopper, fries and a coke can be 1500. Power lunches at fancy places can be 2000 calories. Same with pizza. No wonder it’s so easy to gain weight. Living large at lunch is one of the reasons we have an obesity epidemic.

My BLT shown above is only 250 calories. I make a great ham and cheese sandwich at only 270. How can that be, you say, with all that bread, mayo and bacon or ham and cheese? Easy. I use Publix reduced calorie bread at 40 calories a slice and Hellman’s low-fat mayo at 15 calories a tablespoon. Three slices of bacon is only 105 calories and ham is only 30 calories a slice. Those sandwiches look decadent and the gossips badmouth them, but they are a great deal for lunch. A Soft Beef Taco Supreme at Taco Bell is only 210 calories and a hamburg at McDonald’s is only 250. The good old-fashioned hot dog is only 250 calories, and mustard, relish and onions adds very little to it. Losing weight and keeping it off can be enjoyed with great tasting food if you decide to keep to a reasonable budget and make it a rule to never again give yourself permission to be a glutton at lunch. Don’t give yourself permission to get fat because everyone else is, or lie to yourself, telling yourself it will do no harm “just this once”. It will. To get that excess weight off and keep it off, you need to make it a habit to keep your calories within a certain budget.

One of the most important mind control techniques in behavior therapy is the simple act of planning ahead. It’s actually a form of self-hypnosis that makes success and self-control easier if you take the trouble to think ahead of what you’ll have and prepare for it. The law of expectancy is always at work in us unconsciously, and the old maxim is true: those who fail to plan are planning to fail.

If you’re eating at home, it’s easy to have those ingredients ready, but it can be done at work too, if you have a fridge and microwave. Eating at the office rather than going out or ordering in is easy and smart. It not only saves calories, but it saves you money and time too, eliminating the time to drive somewhere. At clinics I’ve worked at, I’d stock the kitchenette with the makings for sandwiches, as well as soups and Lean Cuisines, Healthy Choices, and other low calorie frozen meals. And the planning ahead I was referring to does not have to be rigid. Once you’ve learned enough about what’s possible and you’ve practiced enough, your planning can be as simple as committing to “no more than 250 calories”, or to one of the many lunch selections you know will fit into the plan.

Eating out can be more of a challenge, but very doable if you think ahead about how to do things. If you do the research, you’ll find that some of the fast food places have at least one item that will work. Look them all up on their Internet sites, so you’ll know what to order the next time you hit one. Fast food places can be a disaster if you just walk in and start ordering things that sound good. However, if you go on with a plan, you’ll be dropping pounds and dress sizes before you know it. A sub, burger or taco and a diet soda will work just fine.

If you go to nicer restaurants at business lunches, it can be very easy to go through several thousand calories if you approach it as “living large”. You’ll be better off all around by ordering a simple salad and have your own dressing packets, like Walden Farms zero-calorie dressings, ready to go in your bag. You’ll make an impression as a better business person than those who overindulge and are seen as careless and wasteful. For me and my clients, fine dining works well for dinner but is a nuisance at lunch.

There is no need to give up eating things you enjoy to lose weight. In fact, one of the keys to success is creating ways of eating that are more enjoyable than the old ways that made you overweight. When the food tastes good and you know it’s making you successful, you feel a whole lot better than feeling stuffed and knowing you just made things worse. When these new ways become your preferred habits, you’re set for life. And just as there are strategies to turn lunchtime from a problem to a solution, there are strategies that are just as effective for breakfast, dinner, weekend parties and holidays too.