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

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You need a livable food plan

Dieting doesn't work.  Not in the long run.  Dieting, as it is often done, puts your body into starvation mode so that it will drop weight quickly.  Many people do this for a short period of time thinking they will be motivated by the quick initial loss.  The problem is, as soon as you stop starving your body, the weight comes back on even more easily than it did before.  This is because you have now taught your body that food may become scarce and it needs to cling to every calorie it receives.

Unless you find a food plan that you can live with for the rest of your life, you are likely to be forever stuck in the yo-yo dieting loop.  Not only is this a terribly unhealthy way to live, most people gain more weight each time they yo-yo back up.

Over the years, there have been many strict fad diets that promise rapid weight loss, rapid fat loss and other such things.  Most of them work - for a time.  They are often medically supervised in order to lend credibility.  Sometimes, after a few years of popularity, they make headlines as people begin dying or developing chronic diseases from them.  Then we see the ads from the lawyers for the class-action lawsuits.

Yes, you need to eat less in order to lose weight, but starvation levels aren't healthy and they aren't likely to help you achieve your true end goal - keeping the weight off.  Are you currently on a diet in which you feel constantly deprived?  Do you look forward to the day when you can once again have all the foods you like, or even just enjoy the food you eat?  Perhaps it's time to stop dieting and begin a healthy, livable food plan.