Bright Line Eating Program Overview

The Bright Line Eating Program is a weight loss program started by Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson.

It has been creating quite a buzz in the diet world, and I put together a Bright Line Eating Meal Plan to give anyone who is interested a way of seeing what you’d be eating on the plan.

The Bright Lines

The heart of the program is its strict adherence to the 4 Bright Lines…

  • No Sugar
  • No Flour
  • No Snacking between meals
  • Weigh and measure everything you eat

These four rules are called Bright Lines because they are lines that are not to be crossed. They are like drawing lines in the sand; you do these four things every day without exception.

Planning your meals for the next day is another rule that can be considered a Bright Line because it is also strictly adhered to on a daily basis.

Every night before you go to bed, you are asked to choose your three meals for the next day. This act provides certainty and confidence in your eating and helps you avoid mindless eating.

For many, the Bright Lines seem daunting, and Dr. Thompson makes no bones about the fact that while they are effective, they are also challenging.

Bright Line Eating Program Success

Despite being strict, the Bright Line Eating Program has produced some undeniably amazing weight loss results. On my Bright Line Eating blog post, I share a video produced by the BLE Company that spotlights their many success stories.

One after another, Bright Lifers, as they call themselves, share their before and after pictures and discuss how they were able to finally break free of their food addictions and get happy, thin and free.

These are not the men and women you would expect to be successful at weight loss.

  • There are middle-aged women who have dieted for decades with minimal results who finally get a handle on their problem and reach their goal weight.
  • There are men who had been carrying around pounds of belly fat who turn their problem around by simply sticking to the Bright Lines.

So what’s the secret to the Bright Line Eating success?

Support Is a Big Part of the Bright Line Eating Success Story

The main program offered in the Bright Line Eating System is the BLE Bootcamp. This is an intensive eight-week immersion into the Bright Line Eating way of life.

If you’ve ever watched Dr. Susan’s videos, you know that she is a very people oriented person, and support is very important to her and the success of her programs.

How Support Is Offered

There is always someone to call, text or email when you are a member of a Bright Line Eating Boot Camp.

  1. Coaching calls. There are frequent coaching calls that you can hop onto at any time, which alleviate confusion and overwhelm.
  1. Facebook Communities are available 24/7 with house leaders who have been successful in the Bright Line Eating Bootcamp themselves and now guide others through the process. Additional support comes from experienced members of these communities.
  1. Small Groups. Many members put together small groups consisting of a few close-knit members that call each other on a regular basis and make themselves available when things get tough.
  1. Team Member Support is also available for specific issues, such as if you need a meal plan tweaked due to a condition.

Bright Line Eating Program Overview

If you’ve struggled to lose weight for years, and you feel that you would do well with daily doses of support from others who are working toward your same goal, then you will benefit from the Bright Line Eating Program.

Foods That Guard Against Menopausal Weight Gain

You were always able to keep your weight in check, until menopause.

When you reach your late forties, hormone changes that come with menopause encourage fat storage around the waist, and for good reason. Fat provides a secondary source of estrogen for your body.

One of the biggest changes your body goes through at menopause is that your ovaries stop producing estrogen. With this primary estrogen source gone, the fat cells are asked to chip in and provide estrogen. The more fat that’s present, the more estrogen your body gets, so your body is perfectly fine with carrying a few extra pounds.

The extra fat might be fine with your body, but it’s not fine with you! The trick to getting those extra pounds off is to…

  • Starve your fat cells
  • Resting your hormones

Guard Against Menopausal Weight Gain By Starving Your Fat Cells

To understand how to starve your fat cells, let’s consider how the body makes fat.

Think of your fat cells as long-term storage containers. They get filled with all of the “stuff” your body doesn’t have a use for, like energy.

If you eat more calories (i.e. energy) than your body can use, the excess calories are thrown into your fat cells where they are made into stored energy.

To avoid fat building, you want to starve your fat cells by eating foods that release their energy slowly, so your body has time to use the energy, which prevents the need for storage.

The best fat cell starving foods are high in fiber and healthy fats. Fiber and fat are slow to exit the digestive system, so they release their energy slowly. This slow release leaves you with a prolonged sense of fullness and sustained energy.

Include high-fiber foods and healthy fats in your daily diet. The top high-fiber foods are vegetables and beans. Nuts and seeds are a good source of healthy fats, but should be limited to one to two tablespoons a day because of their high calorie content.

To guard against menopausal weight gain, sugar and refined carbohydrates should be avoided. These foods provide a quick source of energy, which is often more than the body can use. The extra energy is shuttled into the fat cells for storage.



Guard Against Menopausal Weight Gain By Resting Your Hormones

Resting your hormones can be accomplished by following a time-restricted eating pattern.

The hormone insulin plays an important role in fat production. When insulin levels are high in your blood, fat is being made, and fat burning is shut down.

Insulin is pumped into the blood to remove sugar from the blood. When you eat a meal, the carbohydrates in the meal enter your blood as sugar. The presence of sugar causes the release of insulin. Insulin grabs hold of the sugar and pushes it into your liver and muscle cells where it can be burned for energy. If these cells are filled up, insulin escorts the remaining sugar to your fat cells. Since the fat cells are filling up, no fat is leaving the cells.

By creating a 12-hour period of fasting, your insulin levels stay low. With no insulin to push sugar into the fat cells, the fat cells are free to release fat.

The easiest way to create a 12-hour fast is to stop eating three hours before bedtime, and then not eat until 12 hours have passed. For example, if you typically go to bed at 10 pm, you’d stop eating at 7 pm and delay breakfast until at least 7 am.


To guard against menopausal weight gain, eat foods that are high in fiber and healthy fats. These foods release their energy slowly, which starves your fat cells.

You can then increase your results by following a 12-hour time-restricted eating pattern. This nightly 12-hour fast gets insulin working for you for increased fat burning.


How To Get Rid Of Fat Arms

Get Rid of Fat ArmsSpecial Note: Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you.

Got arm flab?

Know someone who does?

Some women I know with a healthy sense of humor refer to it as “their wings” because their arm flab flaps when they walk or jog.

It’s time to get rid of your wings ladies…

… and guys, listen up: You are not immune to arm flab. Even if your don’t have any, the tips I’m about to give will help you build stronger arms.

Before I go any further, I have to tell you about Marty Web.

Marty looked like … well, your typical 59-year-old housewife.

Actually she looked a bit worse.

She was a good 80 pounds over her ideal bodyweight. And she
had her wings…

… big time wings. Loads of arm flab.

That was at age 59.

At age 61… wow. Different story.

Marty transformed her body to such a degree that even I could
have never guessed she was an OUNCE overweight!

Her story and 52 others just like her, male and female, are in my
first book — and my best-seller Fit Over 40.

I’d like you to read more about it here —

cure for arm flab

Marty replaced her “wings” with toned, beautiful arms. And you
can too.

She has two pages in Fit Over 40… too much to cover in an email…
but here’s the basics to get you started:

1. You have to get your nutrition down pat. Most people think
that the flab on their arms (or anywhere for that matter) can be
solved by “turning it into muscle.”

This is not true folks. Fat does not turn into “anything”. It is used
for energy. Period.

Muscle is muscle. Fat is fat.

You must use low-insulin nutrition like I recommend in all my books,
including Fit Over 40, to lower your bodyfat. For ladies, the
back-of-the-arm bodyfat is often the last bit to go.

But I promise — it will go. It can go for anyone. Marty Web and
dozens of other ladies in Fit Over 40 prove that in living color…
and they share how they did it.

Low-insulin nutrition means eating more protein-rich foods,
foods that are not processed, and plenty of tasty veggies. But
it does not mean you cannot have your pizza and burgers here
and there. I do every week and my bodyfat is low.

2. You must train your triceps. The back of the arm is made of
three muscles called the “triceps”. You have a long head, a medial
head and a lateral head that form the triceps muscle group.

If you cannot access a gym, you can do plain-old pushups to work
all three heads of the triceps. Here’s a few tips.

First, if you cannot do a pushup with your legs straight, start by
doing them on your knees. Work up to straight-legged pushups.

Second, do one third of your reps with your hands facing away
from your body, one third with your hands facing toward your body
(fingers pointing toward you) and the final third with your hands in
the “normal” pushup position, facing the same direction as your body.
This will work the various heads nicely.

If you have access to a gym, see the exercises for the triceps found
in my book Fit Over 40:

say good-bye to arm flab

3. Finally, you have to have a role model. Find someone like Marty
who has lost their wings and use their success to inspire you.

Put these three things together and you too will be “grounded” — wingless,
but with a lovely pair of arms that never jiggle and look fantastic.


Why Women Over 40 Cannot Lose Weight And The 30 Second Solution

Women over 40 and weight lossIf you are a women over the age of 40 then you are not only battling a society that encourages quick fatty meals and a sedentary lifestyle, you are also battling your hormones.

This article shares two hormones that make it harder to lose weight past the age of 40 and a solution to keeping your most important fat burning hormone level high that will take you only 30 seconds a day to implement.

Let’s begin by talking about a hormone that I know you are familiar with and one that you may not have heard of before. The hormones I am talking about are estrogen and leptin respectively.

Estrogen is a commonly talked about hormone, especially in women over 40 who may be nearing or entering menopause. There is no doubt that estrogen is produced in smaller quantities as you age, but how is this tied to weight gain? The answer lies in your fat cells.

When your ovaries stop producing as much estrogen your body goes looking for other sources of estrogen. One area of your body that produces estrogen is your fat cells. Because your body wants more estrogen it encourages the storage of fat so your fat cells can provide it. This is one reason it may be more challenging to lose weight past the age of 40, but estrogen is not the most significant hormone when it comes to weight loss.

The key weight loss hormone in your body is called leptin. This hormone is in charge of keeping you alive by preventing your starvation. If your body senses starvation it puts a halt to leptin production and you have trouble losing even a solitary pound of fat. Of course, your body cannot tell the difference between a diet and starvation. All your body knows is that there are fewer calories coming in and therefore every time you diet your fat-burning leptin levels drop.

I say that leptin is the key weight loss hormone because of how much it can drop and how quickly. After just one week of moderate dieting you can have a reduction of up to 50% in leptin levels. This means that after one week your body is only at one half its original fat burning potential.

Is it any wonder your weight loss efforts have plateaued in the past?

Women over the age of 40 are often told to take estrogen supplements to help reduce the symptoms of menopause, including weight gain. However, many women do not get the full benefits of weight loss from estrogen supplements. The reason is because these supplements do not address leptin levels.

Leptin levels can be boosted by a number of different methods. You can increase your leptin levels by having a planned day during your dieting week where you boost your calorie and carbohydrate intake. This is often referred to as a Cheat Day and when done properly boosts your leptin levels up to near normal levels without resulting in fat gain.

You can also stabilize leptin in your body by priming your body so it is highly receptive to leptin. This is called leptin sensitivity and is what you need in order for your body to benefit from high leptin levels. To boost leptin sensitivity you can exercise regularly and also eat small frequent meals throughout the day.

Exercise and diet control are great ways to boost leptin levels and leptin sensitivity, but what if I told you there is an even easier way to keep leptin levels high and increase your leptin sensitivity and that it only requires 30 seconds during your day to implement?

This 30 second trick is found in taking natural supplements. There are a number of natural ingredients that you can take to boost leptin. These ingredients include:

  • Irvingia Gabonensis
  • Oleanolic Acid
  • Modifilan
  • Panax Notoginseng (also known as Shan Qi)
  • Yerba Mate

By taking a few seconds out of your day to take a mix of these powerful ingredients you can keep leptin working for you and successfully combat the challenges that come with losing weight past the age of 40.

At this point I am sure you are wondering where you can get your hands on these 5 unique ingredients and how much of each to take and when.

If I told you that these ingredients have been put together in a single and powerful leptin-manipulating supplement, would you be interested?

You see, if you could combine these ingredients, you could essentially keep your body in a fat-burning state 24/7… high leptin levels + high leptin sensitivity = high levels of fat burning.

Fortunately you can find out more about this drop-dead simple way to get your fat-burning hormones working for you along with more >>Powerful Fat-Burning Tricks<< by clicking the link.

Stopped Losing Weight After A Few Weeks On Low Carb Diet? 3 Tricks To Jump Start Weight Loss Again

Low Carb Diet Stopped WorkingA low carb diet can be a healthy way to lose weight quickly. However, if you have been following a strict low carb diet for a few weeks and now your weight loss is at a standstill, there is a simple explanation and it has everything to do with hormones.

This article will show you how to boost your fat-burning hormones and jump start your weight loss again even if your weight has hit a long term plateau on your low carb diet.

The first thing you must understand is how important your hormones are when it comes to weight loss. Hormones are what tell your body when it is safe to release fat and when it needs to hold on tight to fat storage.

If you have been reducing the amount of carbohydrates or calories that you are eating your body does not see this as a way to look better, it views this decreased intake as a threat. This perceived threat causes your fat-burning hormones to decrease dramatically, up to 50% after only one week of moderate dieting.

The hormone that is the master controller of fat burning is leptin. This hormone controls all of your other weight loss hormones so it is the one you want to keep high so your body stays in a fat-burning state.

The problem is that leptin levels can drop by half in about seven days after you start your low carb diet. Think about it, when you started your low carb diet did the weight drop off fast? That was because you went into the diet with high levels of leptin in your body. Let’s look a little closer, by weeks two and three was your weight coming off slower? This was a result of leptin shutting down.

Here are the steps to jump start your weight loss again after you hit a low carb plateau:

1. Have a Cheat Day. This sounds crazy, but if you think about it by giving yourself a day during the week to increase your carbohydrates, you are also boosting your level of fat-burning leptin. This is more than just theory and has been tested and researched for years.

By having your favorite foods (i.e. pizza, ice cream, burgers and fries) one day a week you increase your body’s fat burning potential without allowing time for fat to be laid down.

2. Eat frequently throughout the day. Your goal for breaking the low carb weight loss plateau is to stabilize leptin levels and one way to do that is to feed yourself a constant flow of food throughout the day. Eat small meals every few hours and do not go for long periods of time without eating.

3. Exercise to improve leptin sensitivity. Not only do you want to keep your leptin levels high, you also want to make sure your body is sensitive to the hormone so the leptin can be used. Exercise is a powerful way to improve leptin sensitivity and this will make your Cheat Day even more effective.

If you have been having success on a low carb diet, but now that same diet is not getting rid of the pounds, then you need to boost your fat-burning hormone, leptin. To increase leptin levels and leptin sensitivity add in a weekly Cheat Day, eat small and more frequent meals throughout your day and exercise.

But what if I told you there is an even easier way to keep leptin levels high and increase your leptin sensitivity at the same time?

Is that something you might be interested in?

You see, if you could do that, you could essentially keep your body in a fat-burning state 24/7… high leptin levels + high leptin sensitivity = high levels of fat burning

Fortunately there is a drop-dead simple way to get your fat-burning hormones working for you. Discover the >>Powerful Fat-Burning Tricks<< by clicking the link.

What To Eat During and After Pregnancy To Easily Lose The Baby Weight

Pregnancy and Weight LossOne of the most difficult times for a woman to lose weight is after a pregnancy.

Not only does a woman put on extra pounds, but now she also has a completely changed routine.

Albeit the change is a happy one as she takes care of her new little one, but there is no doubt that this makes weight loss more challenging then ever before.

For those of you who are pregnant or just had a baby I want to share some information that is free and valuable.

This comes from star nutritionist Isabel De Los Rios who shed her extra pregnancy pounds in just two weeks following the birth of her son using these same tricks.

Isabel talks about a really important part of pregnancy – fitness and diet.

Working to maintain your fitness while pregnant is one thing. Getting those extra pounds to come off is another issue entirely.  This can be a touchy subject for some new moms.  You’re probably feeling pretty out of control of your body.

Exercise may be really low on your list of priorities. Perhaps it falls after sleeping, showering, changing diapers, trying to stay awake all day and trying to still be a reasonably cheerful person??

You are totally understood. 🙂

If you knew that exercise and healthy eating would help you feel better, would you give it a try?

What if I told you it would give you more energy?  And it may help you sleep better.  And, perhaps best of all, it will definitely help you get your body back faster after you have your little one.

Watch this video to learn more.

>>> What To Eat During and After Pregnancy <<<

A few words from Isabel: Speaking of those low energy (ok, NO energy) days, sometimes during my pregnancies I found I had to look beyond myself when it came to exercise.  I was too tired or overwhelmed to do it for myself.  I had to do it for the baby. That helped me stay motivated.

Did you know recent research shows better health in children of moms who exercised while pregnant?  These kids also have fewer health risks, specifically they are at lower risk of becoming obese and developing diabetes.  This helped me lace up my shoes on more than one occasion when I was pregnant.

Also, I know that exercising during my pregnancies, coupled with a solid nutrition plan, allowed me to lose all my baby weight really quickly. Over the years I have seen many fit healthy moms who exercise throughout their pregnancies lose all their baby weight within weeks!

This video will tell you how you can too.

>>> What To Eat During and After Pregnancy <<<


How To Keep Losing Weight After Master Cleanse

Master Cleanse PlateauThe Master Cleanse is a fast way to lose weight. The problem that most people who do the cleanse experience is their weight loss stops or they hit a weight loss plateau within a few weeks.

There are ways to keep losing weight after working through a Master Cleanse and this article will show you how to use a day of overeating, brief exercise, and a simple natural ingredient to get your body back in fat burning mode.

3 Simple Tricks to Keep Losing Weight After Master Cleanse

These tricks are used to combat the drop in a hormone called leptin that results when you take in fewer calories during a diet such as the Master Cleanse diet.

Your body does not look at fat the same way you do. In fact, your body likes fat and tries to protect your fat stores to protect against starvation. If you drastically reduce your calorie intake on a diet such as the Master Cleanse, your body sees this as a danger and slams the brakes on your fat-burning hormones.

The key fat-burning hormone of your body is called leptin and this hormone controls all of the other weight loss hormones in your body. Leptin’s main job is to protect you from starving so when your calories drop, so does your leptin level. In fact, leptin can drop as much as 50% after one week on the Master Cleanse diet. That means your body is only operating at half of its fat burning potential.

If leptin is low you can struggle to even lose one pound. The solution is to convince your body that it is not starving and needs to keep leptin high.

Here is how to keep leptin high and keep your body burning fat:

1. Overfeed one day a week. In other words, you want to cheat on your diet one day each week. Research has shown that one day of overfeeding is enough to restore fat-burning leptin levels to their near normal levels.

Of course, if you over do your cheat day or drag your cheat day into two or more days, your body will convert the extra calories to fat. But, if you take one day a week out of your diet to add an additional 1,000 calories or more you will reap the benefits of higher leptin levels without giving your body time to lay down fat.

2. High Intensity Interval Training. Exercise will improve your body’s leptin sensitivity. In other words, your body will be able to use all of the leptin your body has to offer. And, the improvement in leptin sensitivity is dramatic. When you utilize high intensity interval training you alternate between brief periods of high intensity exercise and periods of low intensity exercise.

For example, if you are on a treadmill you can walk to warm-up for a few minutes then alternated between a minute of walking, a minute of jogging, and a minute of running. Do this for about 20 minutes and you have completed a fat-burning exercise routine that will benefit you all day long.

Irvingia Gabonensis Weight Loss3. Take Irvingia Gabonensis. This compound is extracted from the African mango seed and is the ideal ingredient to boost leptin sensitivity. Irvingia has been shown in research to have a dramatic effect on weight loss.

For example, A research study on over 100 otherwise-healthy overweight individuals showed that those who received 150 mg of Irvingia extract twice daily prior to meals over a 10 week period lost an average of 28 pounds. These same individuals also shed 6.7 inches from their waistlines. And I should mention that these astonishing results were achieved with no other changes to their diet or exercise routine.

If you have been on the Master Cleanse diet and you do not want to waste the results you have worked so hard for, then you need to follow these three tips to keep losing weight after the Master Cleanse ends. First, add a cheat day to your diet week. Second, add some high intensity interval training to your week. And lastly, take Irvingia Gabonensis to boost leptin sensitivity and keep the pounds coming off.

But what if I told you there is an even easier way to keep leptin levels high and increase your leptin sensitivity at the same time?

Is that something you might be interested in?

You see, if you could do that, you could essentially keep your body in a fat-burning state 24/7… high leptin levels + high leptin sensitivity = high levels of fat burning

Fortunately there is a drop-dead simple way to get your fat-burning hormones working for you. Discover the Powerful Fat-Burning Tricks by clicking the link.

To learn more about how to get the same dose of Irvingia Gabonensis that was used in the study above, visit the Powerful Fat-Burning Tricks link.

How To Boost Fat Burning During Menopause-It Is Not All About Estrogen

Menopause Weight GainIt is no secret if you are a woman over 40 that fat burning can be more challenging than ever.

Menopause is a transition of life that should be celebrated as a new chapter of freedom. However, if you are like most women, ages 40 to 55, the extra pounds that pack on during this time of life are anything but freeing, and the weight gain story begins and ends with hormones.

In this article I am going to share 3 breakthrough strategies that you can use to boost fat burning before, during, and after menopause.

And, these strategies will surprise you when you learn that the hormone everyone associates with menopause, estrogen, is not the main hormone you need to control to control your weight.

Estrogen is the hormone that most women associate with menopause. It is true that your ovaries produce less and less estrogen as you age and that your body tries to compensate for this reduction in estrogen by looking to other areas of your body for estrogen production, such as fat cells. However, in the grand scheme of weight gain during menopause, estrogen is only part of the story.

There is a bigger picture to consider when looking at fat burning.

Your body values fat and therefore has built in ways to resist weight loss.

Your body cannot determine that you are reducing calories to fit into your bathing suit or get trim for your high school reunion. So, when you go on a diet your body slams on the hormonal brakes and your fat-burning potential plummets.

This has very little to do with estrogen, and everything to do with another hormone called leptin. Leptin can be thought of as the key weight loss hormone because it controls all of the other weight loss hormones in your body.

If you can get leptin working for you, your body will lose weight even if you are a woman reaching menopause who hates to exercise.

The best way to boost fat burning during menopause is to keep your leptin levels high. But, this can be a problem because when you go on a diet your leptin levels drop and they drop fast. In fact, leptin levels can drop in half within the first seven days of your diet. That means after only one week your body’s ability to burn fat has been reduced by 50%.

Literally speaking the harder you diet the harder your body fights to keep its stored fat.

Fortunately there are tricks you can use to keep your leptin levels high and keep your body burning fat:

1. Cheat on Your Diet. I must be kidding, right? You are probably thinking that cheating and eating your favorite foods are what got your weight to climb in the first place, but I can explain why it is important to incorporate a planned Cheat Day into your weight loss plan once a week.

As I mentioned earlier, leptin, the hormone that allows your body to burn fat, decreases when you go on a restricted calorie diet. Therefore, when you go off your diet and eat more food, especially carbohydrates, your leptin levels return to normal and your body instantly becomes more efficient at burning fat.

Of course, there is a point where you eat too much and your body has no choice but to store fat, but by adding an additional 1,000 calories or more on your Cheat Day you will actually accelerate your weight loss.

2. Reverse Carb Tapering. This is a trick developed from 4-time best-selling author and nutritionist, Joel Marion. The idea is to help reduce the loss of leptin by slowly adding carbohydrates to your diet as your dieting week progresses.

Because carbohydrates are the key nutrient that your body needs to keep leptin levels high, what you want to do is slowly add carbohydrates (about 10-20 grams) back into your diet after your Cheat Day.

So if you have a Cheat Day on Saturday, then a few days later slowly start to boost your carbohydrate intake. This prevents your leptin levels from bottoming out and therefore keeps your body in a fat-burning state.

3. Eat One Ingredient Foods. This tips does not directly keep your leptin levels high, but it does an equally important job. By eating foods that consist of only one ingredient (i.e. nuts, whole fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and one ingredient foodshealthy fats) you significantly increase your body’s sensitivity to leptin.

You see years of eating processed foods and being overweight have likely left your body “leptin resistant.” This means that you could do tips 1 and 2 above and have maximum levels of leptin in your body, yet because you are leptin resistant, your body would not be able to recognize the leptin and you would go on gaining weight.

If you are at the age of menopause and you are finding it difficult to burn fat, then your job is to get the hormone leptin working for you. To do that follow the three tips: add a weekly Cheat Day to your diet, slowly add more carbohydrates to your diet as you approach your Cheat Day, and eat a diet high in one-ingredient foods.

But what if I told you there is an even easier way to keep leptin levels high and increase your leptin sensitivity at the same time?

Is that something you might be interested in?

You see, if you could do that, you could essentially keep your body in a fat-burning
state 24/7… high leptin levels + high leptin sensitivity = high levels of fat burning

Fortunately there is a drop-dead simple way to get your fat-burning hormones working for you. Discover these Powerful Fat-Burning Tricks by clicking the link.

Do Weekends Sabotage Your Weight Loss?

For someone working on lose weight, weekends can present a problem.  The normal routine enjoyed during the week is disrupted and there are more social events which usually mean more opportunities to eat.

The thing to remember about weekends is that even though you experience a shift in routine, your body does not require a change in diet.  In fact your body would be perfectly happy if you fed it a well balance diet over the weekend.  The thing that changes is the way you view the weekend.  If you find yourself overeating on the weekend, it is a good Idea to take a look at your thoughts and beliefs.

Do you believe that weekends are meant to be carefree (and diet-free)?  Do you look at eating whatever you want on the weekend as something you deserve after a hard week?  Do you feel like you must eat everything offered at a picnic because doing otherwise might offend someone?

These beliefs that live inside you lead you to do things and eat things that can sabotage the progress you make during the week.  Therefore, if you can identify and eliminate these old limiting beliefs and replace them with new empowering ones you will continue to move forward toward your goal.

Sit down for a few moments and write down a few beliefs you have about how eating on the weekend is different than eating during the week.  Do any of these beliefs cause you to overindulge when Friday evening rolls around?

Now that you have identified some limiting beliefs it is necessary to replace them with new empowering beliefs that will strengthen your resolve and keep you moving toward your goal. Repeat phrases like, “I eat a consistently healthy diet all week long” or “I feel strong and healthy now that Iam in control of what I eat”.  Repeat these phrases to yourself everyday – for a minimum of three times and don’t let yourself doubt them.  Soon your mind will accept them as new beliefs which will lead to a new way of eating on the weekends.

Losing Weight As An Adult With Childhood Weight Issues

The attitude or mindset you have about your weight today begins to form at a very young age. This mindset is something you create based on how you were treated at an early age by parents, siblings, classmates, teachers and other influential people and what conclusions you drew about this treatment.

You cannot change how you were treated in the past, but you can change the conclusions you drew about this treatment. The conclusions are, in actuality, only your thoughts and feelings about what was happening. These thoughts and feelings caused you to react in a certain way, which you repeated, resulting in the habits and behaviors that you carry with you through life. These habits and behaviors then lead to the results you see.

Thoughts and Feelings >> Habits and Behaviors >> Results

Your mindset is created entirely by you. You program yourself early in life to act and react in a certain way and then spend the rest of your life reinforcing it. This is fine if you program your mind with healthy and productive thoughts, but what if your thoughts were negative and destructive? Then, you find yourself constantly doing things that produce results you don’t want.

It is said that the human mind has up to 60,000 thoughts a day. This is way too many for you to handle so your brain takes all of your past thoughts, experiences and feelings and, by necessity, organizes them. How do you organize the data you are given?  You use a filtering system. Filters allow you to maintain a consistent image of yourself because all you see is the evidence that supports the filters. It is as if you are holding a yellow lemon in your hand and someone flicks on a blue light. The yellow from the lemon and the blue of the light mix to make the lemon look like a green lime. The lemon doesn’t become a lime; it just appears that way because your reality has been filtered by the blue light.

So how is your “Weight Mindset” formed?  Your Weight Mindset is a combination of your thoughts, feelings, habits and behaviors and how you filtered this information as it pertained to your weight.  So, filters organize your thoughts and your feelings which lead to your habits and behaviors and create your results.  The question becomes how do you change your filters and create a new Weight Mindset that supports you in losing weight?

You can’t change your Weight Mindset until you know what it is.  Start to listen to the things you tell yourself about food or losing weight, look at your eating habits and what the scale and the measuring tape are telling you.  Observe how you use food at a party; is food your main focus?  Look at your actions when you are alone with food.  Notice your emotions when you are eating.  Do you feel anxious, hurried, stressed?  Are you using food to quiet those emotions?

Is dieting torture to you?  Do you have control over what you eat and when?  Do you stick with a diet until you lose all the weight you want to or do you jump around from plan to plan?

Your current mindset is set wherever you have programmed it to be.  The only way to permanently change your weight in the future is to reset your mindset.

Fortunately, you can change.  By using conscious thought, you can live in the present instead of allowing your past to make your choices for you.  This will allow you to break the cycle you were in and use your strengths and skills to react appropriately to any situations you find yourself in.

When your conscious mind takes over and you reset your mindset, you can see why you reacted the way you did in the past — it was simply programming, nothing more, nothing less.  You will be less judgmental of yourself because you will understand for the first time that your past actions did not indicate that you were weak or out of control, they were just patterned, automatic responses.

Rejoice in this new understanding because with this you can see that you can be anything you want to be.  You are not doomed to a life of being overweight.  You do not need to be a slave to food or controlled by cravings.  You are in control; you can consciously decide to believe only thoughts that are supportive of your health.

Your mindset will always shape your weight.  It is always impacting your decisions whether you want it to or not, whether it is producing good results or bad.  Each thought you have, every belief you allow to live in your mind will shape your future.  They will either move you toward your goal or away from it.  They will either give you strength or misery.   They will make you a Struggler or an Achiever.  This is why it is so important to monitor your thoughts.

Remember your thoughts and beliefs lead to your habits and behaviors which create the results you see.  Choose to think like and Achiever, and you will create the results that Achievers create.