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If you bite it, you must write it…

Posted on July 11, 2016 by

Weight Loss Mobile appYour food diary is a vital tool on your journey to lose weight.  Technological advances have made journaling so much easier and convenient.  Have you downloaded our free mobile app?  It tracks your food & fitness as well as water & weight loss progress!  Don’t have a smart phone? Good old fashioned pen and paper work just fine too. Some people claim that journaling is time-consuming and cumbersome.  The facts are that people who keep daily food diaries are much more successful with weight loss than those who don’t document.

Keeping a generic diary to record feelings and events can help with expressing emotions, aid in self-growth, and appreciating success and mistakes. Use a food/drink journal to increase awareness of your emotions in addition to what you’re putting in your mouth.  Here’s our top 5 reasons to keep a food diary:

  1. Helps to identify areas where changes need to be made
  2. Makes you cognizant of stressful, mindless eating
  3. Helps to pinpoint patterns of over-eating
  4. Provides an understanding of the source of calories
  5. Reveals where the surplus or deficit (protein or carbs) is

Dr. Clark and the counselors at the Center for Weight Loss Success especially want our patients to document protein, carbohydrates, and calories. We’re better able to provide support and assistance if we know exactly what you’re ingesting.

Don’t let the amount of calories you consume and where they’re coming from be a big mystery. Knowledge is power, and hiding from the truth isn’t going to bring you any closer to your ideal weight.  A recent study revealed people who kept a food journal six days a week lost almost twice as much as those who only recorded one day or less. This information is very impactful and advantageous. If you’re walking through the kitchen and feel like reaching for a cookie, you might think again if you have to record it!

Be accurate and honest when recording in your food diary.  If it goes in your mouth, it must be recorded.  All the “extras” add up.  For example, we recently had a medical client who was faithfully recording everything he ate daily, or so we thought.  It turned out, he had neglected to write down the dried cranberries he was sprinkling on his salad every day.  Those additional 25 grams of carbs and 20 grams of sugar made a big difference with his weight loss. Once discovered, the scale started moving again!

Tracking your intake may seem a bit time-consuming but pays big dividends and becomes easier with each passing day.  Take charge of your health!

Download the CFWLS free mobile app for iPhone at the App Store or for Androids at the Marketplace.

Motivation Matters In Achieving Your Goals

Posted on December 28, 2015 by

inspiredAnd maintaining that motivation is key to success. As the New Year approaches, most of us find ourselves looking ahead and contemplating some type of change.  Generally, one of our goals involves weight loss or some other health-related change. Sometimes the changes we propose can seem overwhelming. The following tips can help you stick to your fitness/wellness program:

1. When it comes to fitness – start slowly. We are all anxious to get moving and see results, but your body needs to adjust to your new routine. Make sure you begin every workout with a warm-up to get the muscles moving. Then start off with 30 minutes of cardio or light weights – walking, biking, a machine circuit or low-impact exercise class. Gradually increase your workouts as your endurance increases.

2. Take a mental picture! Every day take time for yourself to visualize your new healthier, happier self. Close your eyes, relax and see yourself at your desired weight, and feel how happy you will be when you finally achieve that goal. Many athletes practice this to achieve their goals and you can too..

3. Seek Inspiration. There is nothing wrong with maintaining your motivation with inspirational quotes posted where you can see them throughout your day.  Sometimes it’s just what you need to see to get you back on your feet and focused.

4. Stay Balanced. Success isn’t all or nothing – you will be more successful with your diet and exercise program if you start to make small changes in your lifestyle.  Small changes add up to big results! If you miss a day of exercising or eat something off your program occasionally, don’t overreact. Just get back on track the next day and continue with your fitness routine. Keep your eye on the goal and you will be successful!

5. Make it fun! The time goes by faster when walking with a friend for conversation and mutual support. If you like to exercise alone, consider this time for yourself. Crank up your favorite tunes and feel the energy! When you enjoy your fitness program, you are more likely to keep it up.

6. Weigh in Weekly. The daily fluctuation in your weight is normal and it’s easy to get too wrapped up in the numbers.  Increasing your lean body mass takes time and it won’t show up in those daily trips to the scale. Try to focus on improving your overall fitness and feeling healthy & happier in the New Year. Don’t get discouraged if the numbers move slowly! Keep focused on your exercise and workouts and it won’t be long before you see results.

7. Listen to your Body. No one time is perfect to exercise. If you are a “morning person” get up 1/2 hour earlier and do your workouts in the morning when you energy is at peak level. If you stay up (or get up) late, you would probably do better to exercise in the evenings. Work with your own personal body rhythm to keep your enthusiasm up.8. Consider a Personal Trainer or Health Coach. A personal trainer/health coach can really help keep you on track. We have some of the best trainers in Hampton Roads right here at CFWLS.  They can work with you to create an exercise plan that is right for you.  Our nutritional coaches can teach you what you need to know to feel your best and get that scale moving in the right direction.

 

 

Summer is (un)Officially Over – It’s Time to get Back on Track!

Posted on September 14, 2015 by

The kids are settled back in school, summer cruises with all-you-can-eat buffets are a not-so-distant memory, garden cucumbers and peppers have ceased production, and cooler weather is on the way. Personally, I couldn’t be happier that summer has passed ( along with the mosquitos) and Autumn is around the corner. Fall is a breathtaking time a year, full of brilliant colors. It’s a perfect time to take long, purposeful walks.

“One’s greatest challenge is to control oneself.” (Kazi Shams).

How far off track did YOU get over the summer? It’s time to get back on that wellness track: healthy eating, consistent exercise, and regular sleep patterns. Getting back to a healthy routine will be especially beneficial when faced with the temptations of the upcoming holidays.

CFWLS mobile appThe first step is to get on the scale and assess the damages. Weigh at least once a week to avoid surprises. Body fat and lean body mass are critical percentages to track. The higher lean body mass is, the faster your metabolism is, which leads to weight loss. Be sure to enter your weights into your CFWLS Mobile app each time!

Back to Journaling! Be aware of how many calories you’re consuming. Along with calories, carefully track Carbohydrates and Protein. Surgical patients should keep carbs at 50 grams and medical patients should consume about 50-60. Your CFWLS Mobile app can take care of that too!

CFWLS Weight and Inches Chocolate Protein ShakeOur Weight & Inches shakes are a tasty and effective means of losing the unwanted inches from summer. Filled with vitamins and minerals, 29 grams Protein, and only 200 calories, they make a perfect meal replacement.

Plan ahead by preparing meals the day before. Prepare enough supper to provide leftovers for lunch the next day. Bringing a packed lunch to work will avoid temptations such as fast food or co-workers’ birthday cupcakes. Fill up on protein which will keep you satisfied longer than carbohydrates (which break down more rapidly in your system).

Don’t forget to take your Vitamins for a strong immune system, increased energy, synthesis of hormones and more! Our Lipo-B injections can help give you energy and burn fat. We’re offering a great deal this month. Only $70 for 4 injections (Call 757.873.1880 to purchase)!

walking_feetExercise not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude, and your mood.  Walking up and down hills at Busch Gardens on the 4th of July, and floating around the Hubba Hubba Highway at Water Country on Labor Day burned some calories, but it’s essential to incorporate movement into EVERY day. 10,000 steps, or 5 miles, a day is an attainable goal. Exercise will increase lean body mass, making weight loss easier. Even 15 minutes a day will make a positive difference.

Sleep deficiency is linked to numerous, chronic health maladies. It can lead to obesity due to increases of blood sugar. Proper sleep fosters creativity, memory, and proper growth and development. Cooler temperatures are more conducive to a good night’s sleep.

Watermelon is a refreshing and popular summer fruit. 92% of watermelon is water, which makes it a good choice to aid in hydration. However WATER is the best option to stay hydrated. Other drinks or fruits can add unwanted calories, carbs, and sugar. The average person should consume 64 ounces of water a day.

“He who fails to plan is planning to fail.” (Winston Churchill).

Success should be a habit, not a goal. Make it a habit to eat right, exercise, and sleep well. It’s time to get back on track and put the summer behind you.

Change It Up When You Hit A Weight Loss Plateau

Posted on September 14, 2015 by

changeSuccess is a great thing but it is a rare person who doesn’t experience a plateau somewhere along the way.  You likely know how frustrating that can be!  Plateaus can kill your motivation, so the first thing you need to do is to take your focus off the scale. Your body is highly adaptive and goes through periods of adjustment. This would be a good time to concentrate on your behaviors and use alternative ways to measure your progress (i.e. your measurements or how your clothes are fitting).  If you hang in there, you will find that your inches will continue to shrink in spite of your weight staying stubbornly at the same number.  Just remember the word CHANGE.  You will need to “change it up” to work through your plateau.

With regards to what you are eating, below are a few quick “change” tips for continued success:

  • Change the frequency of your meals.  If you are currently eating 3 meals a day, save some of those calories for snacks in between meals and give your metabolic rate a boost.
  • Try to change what you are eating.  If you are having a carbohydrate snack mid-afternoon, try replacing it with a protein one and try moving your foods around and introducing new ones.
  • Surprise your body with calorie cycling.  While maintaining the same weekly calorie intake, vary it from day to day.  For example, if your daily intake is 1500 calories, try having 1200 one day and 1800 the next.

Combine these eating tips with the right attitude and fitness “change”, you will be happy as the scale soon reflects your efforts.

 

Kick Through Your Fitness Plateau

Posted on March 23, 2015 by

strongerYou’ve been exercising consistently for a few months now and the payoff has been BIG.  Your weight has dropped, your biceps are bigger, your endurance has improved, and your pants are looser.  Now, suddenly, you’ve stopped seeing results.  It sounds like you’ve hit the dreaded plateau.  Everyone who embarks on this journey will inevitably hit a plateau. What do you do now?  Don’t give up!  You can get past it, but you must work harder and smarter.  It’s an opportunity for you to refine your goals and strategies.  Push through the plateau by kicking it up with exercise.

The solution is NOT necessarily to increase the amount of time you workout. Take a look at the quality of your workouts and how you can change or alter them.

The following are some examples:

1. Walk faster.  If you walk two miles in 20 minutes, cut it back to 18 minutes.

2. Increase intensity by walking on an incline.  If you walk outside, take advantage of any steep      inclines or hills.  On the treadmill, increase the grade to 1 or 2.

3. Make your movements larger in a group exercise class.  Lift your legs higher, sit lower in a squat, or  hold that plank longer!

4. Push your muscles more.  Increase your dumbbells from 5 pounds to 7 pounds.

5. Get out of your comfort zone and try a new fitness class.  Or, attempt a new challenge like hiking or  outdoor biking.

Keep in mind that your goal is to do cardio exercise 4 or 5 times a week for 30 minutes,  and           resistance training 2 or 3 times a week for  15-30 minutes.  If you’re only doing resistance training two times a week, increase it to three.

Increase your daily activity by finding ways to move your body!  Take stairs when possible, park your car far away, play soccer with the kids, or walk briskly through the mall with some friends.  Everything you do will make a difference.

Hitting a plateau doesn’t have to be a negative thing.  Make it positive by re-evaluating your workouts.  If you haven’t yet tried one of our fitness classes taught by our fantastic instructors, come check it out!  Just step out of your comfort zone and reap the benefits.

 

Doc Weight Loss – Weight Loss Tips to Use Right Now

Posted on February 25, 2015 by

Doc Weight Loss – Your Weight, Your Health and Your Life

Posted on February 04, 2015 by

Your Weight Loss Mobile App – Have you downloaded it yet?

Posted on January 30, 2015 by

We’ve made a few changes within our Weight Loss Mobile App.  If you have it on your mobile device then you’ve no doubt already noticed!  Are you using all of the features that it offers?  We have a short tutorial video that explains how to make the most of its features and enjoy your weight loss journey.

Watch now!

Weight Loss Surgery Success – Low Carb Diets – The Myths and Misconceptions

Posted on January 28, 2015 by

Is Life Getting In The Way Of Losing Weight?

Posted on January 19, 2015 by

chance or choiceIt’s so easy to let life get in the way when it comes to losing weight and taking care of yourself.  This happens even if intellectually you know the awesome benefits that await you.  Don’t let stress, fear or being overwhelmed hold you back.  It’s a fact that if you were at a healthy weight and took better care of yourself you would feel better, have more energy, be more productive and maximize your enjoyment of life and activities with those you love.  So what do you do??

You are the only one who can set yourself up for success and make the necessary changes.  I don’t say this to stress you out, I share this as a hard core reality so you can get past the anxiety of change and get on to less weight and more life!  It’s up to you and we are here to help you get past your barriers – you bring the motivation and determination and we can teach you the rest!

Here are some tips to get you started in the right direction:

Know Your Limits – What I mean is that I am giving you a prescription (permission) to NOT over-schedule yourself so you can get some “me” time in.  This means getting comfortable saying “No” to things that stress you out and prevent you from accomplishing your goals.  This can be done in a nice way so that guilt doesn’t take over.  Be sympathetic, but firm.  For example “I’m sorry, I cannot do this right now”.  Answer the “why” question if it comes up with honesty “It doesn’t fit with my schedule” or “I can’t do this but I can (fill in with something more reasonable)”.  Honesty is always best so you don’t lead people on and then  disappoint them later.  It’s ok!  There are only 24 hours in a day.  If you don’t fill your schedule with the things that mean the most to you, others will fill it in for you.  You will be serving them much better in the future if you are happy and healthy.

Get enough sleep and feel renewed for a change (not to mention the fact that your body will be storing less fat).

Learn to eat for energy and health not live to eat whatever is convenient and available (Weight Management University™ and My Weight Loss Academy teach you how to do this in your particular situation incorporating your favorite foods as well).

De-stress with creative and enjoyable (yes – I said enjoyable) fitness activities.  You may not believe me but I have seen so many people who “hate” fitness work it into their life and now they don’t let anything get in the way.

Day to day stress will always be a part of life but if you are healthier and happier, you will be able to handle what life sends your way.  Always remember, you are not alone.  We are here to help!