Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

Holiday stress

Holiday season isn't all just about food

Plan ahead to stay on the right track

Prioritize this Thanksgiving

Choose treats wisely during the holidays

Starting a weightlifting routine

Healthy body has right signs

You need a livable food plan

Tailor your food according to needs

Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

Traveling can challenge eating habits

Parenting your own inner spoiled child

Long-term motives create long-lasting results

Interval training works for anyone

Check ingredients when eating out

Get out of the house for your workout

Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

Cooking extra saves time and calories

Even small changes can make an impact

Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

Make your lifestyle and health compatible

A little exercise can yield big results

Food plans can help you eat right

Moderation is weight-loss key

Give your weight-loss plan time

Combat post-holiday blues with activity

Choose holiday calories carefully

Good kitchen tools make life easier

Enjoy feast in moderation

Start planning holiday meals now

Don't buy Halloween candy too early

Theaters offer healthy snacks

Try to avoid evening snacking

Tips to stave off hunger pangs

Stuck?  Reassess your routine

Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

Learn to love being thin

Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

Fruity thoughts to keep fit

Water can ease cravings

Working a pool into your exercise routine

Stay focused, move forward

Delay caving to craving

Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

Holidays are never-ending

Measuring food is key to weight loss

Food-logging can help in weight loss

Find ways to make exercise fun

Reserve time for your exercise program

Substitutions for your holiday treats

Moderation is key to good diet

Click here for articles

Give your weight-loss plan time

Do you struggle to stay on track while watching the scale remain stuck?  Then in a moment of frustration, you indulge and see a loss the next day?

Weight loss is not linear.  When you eat 500 to 1000 calories less per day than you burn, you will lose one-half to 1 pound over time.  Those two little words, "over time" are overlooked but extremely important.  Weight loss takes time and perseverance.  At even one-half pound per week, that adds up to 26 pounds per year.

Now, when one-half pound comes off, the scale doesn't move much.  It takes about a 2-pound move for most of us to feel as though we have accomplished something. 

At one-half pound per week, that's four weeks before we see progress.  It can be hard to persevere that long if you don't feel as though you're being successful.

Also, there is usually a lag time between actions and results.  I experience a lag time of up to two weeks between what I eat and what the scale does.  That means, what my scale is reading today is a result of my eating pattern of two weeks ago.  So, if I've been eating right since January 1, I may still not see that on the scale yet since it's still registering the last part of my holiday indulgences.

If I give up now and just eat ice cream, next week, the scale will reflect the first two weeks of work.  This can make it appear as though I can only lose weight if I eat ice cream! 

Whatever day you start, make a commitment to stick to your plan for one calendar month.  Be patient, and the results you see in those four weeks should help motivate you to continue.