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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Moderation is weight-loss key

It's January and ads are everywhere claiming the latest weight loss "miracle."  Many will claim that you can lose up to one pound of fat per day.  And you want so much for it to be true.  I wish it was that easy. 

Another thing most of these plans will tell you is that you have to eliminate a particular food group, eat only specific foods, or eat at a near-starvation level.  Those claims are no more true than the previous statement. 

If you truly want to lose weight and keep it off for the rest of your life, you need to make permanent lifestyle changes, period.  Moderation, not elimination is what will do that for you.  With each change you make in your life, you have to want to make that change.  Changes you want to make are changes you can live with the rest of your life.

When you get married or have a baby, you have to make changes.  You want to make those changes so you see them as something you can do for the rest of your life.  Changing your eating habits works the same way.  Find some changes you can feel comfortable and happy making knowing the positive effects you will achieve. 

For instance, can you commit to cutting back just 25 percent on each meal or snack?  You don't even need to change what you eat or how often.  Perhaps you can feel good about taking a 10-minute walk several days each week?  These small changes might be just enough to stabilize your weight, or cause some small losses.  Changes like these, that you can live with, will provide permanent results that will help motivate you to make more small changes, which can lead to a solid, healthy lifestyle.