Eating for Weight Loss Success

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Salmon PlateLast night Nancy and I were watching an interesting TV program. The premise of the show was professional athletes and the trainers who drive them to increased levels of performance. One of the points the program made is that a champion must train hard and continuously. They made it clear that eating properly is critical in helping to fuel the body for success and enhance the results of that training.

People come to us because they’ve often tried everything and nothing has worked to lose stubborn fat. The customers who get the best results have let us help them understand the specific things they need to change in order to get a new and different result. When you make a commitment to change, it’s amazing how you can improve your body and your mind.

One of the easiest things we can change is what we eat, how much we eat, and when we eat.

Let’s focus on dinner and how to build a healthy meal. Dinner is the meal you end your day with and enter into sleep with. It’s amazing what your body does for you while you sleep, but that’s another blog post to look for. Start your meal by choosing one lean, high quality protein you really like: chicken breast, salmon, lean pork or steak. The rule here is that the protein portion size should not exceed the size of your palm. Cook that protein as cleanly as you can. Use very little oil or just grill it. Now, take that protein and surround it on your plate with your favorite grilled, steamed or sautéed veggies: squash, zucchini, asparagus, broccoli, whatever you enjoy. If it’s been a good, hard day of physical activity, add a small portion of starch or carbs: garlic bread, potatoes, some brown rice, even a small cup of pasta will round out your perfect plate . . . and you’ll sleep better, too. For all you macho guys out there . . . brown rice has a rich, nutty flavor. It may sound a little too healthy but it tastes fantastic. Another meal option is you can work all of this into a great salad by slicing the protein and mixing that with veggies onto a bed of your favorite lettuce or arugula. Add a low-calorie vinaigrette (mustard, vinegar and a little olive oil) and your taste buds and tummy will be satisfied.

What are you eating to fuel your body for success? What change can you make today that will help you get a better weight loss result in the next 30 days? Please post a comment below. We’d like to hear your thoughts.

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