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  • Winners never quit and quitters never win.

    -Anonymous

    Recent expert statistics claim that diets aren’t working.

    I say: Baloney!

    Here’s why:

    The “experts” need to redefine “healthy eating” because what’s healthy for some isn’t healthy for others – especially for those who are highly carb sensitive like me – and if you struggle to lose weight, maybe like you, too.

     In listening to the medical media spout their mostly outdated diet dogma, the majority of them tout the same old – same old, which never worked for me and obviously isn’t working for you or any of the overweight people across our nation, either.

    art 1The latest buzz is that the Mediterranean Diet is the best diet above all others. I will tell you this: it didn’t work well enough for me – regardless of the health benefits. I’m way too hyperinsulinemic – I overproduce insulin – and those legumes and certain fruit do me in, retarding my weight loss every single step of the way. I have to eat low-glycemic regardless of the complexity of the carb . . .

    One of the first things you should do is no longer think of your new eating plan as a “diet,” but as the way you have to live from now on.

    By making better food choices and adding a few simple changes, like, picking a healthy, effective eating plan – or as we used to call it back in the day – a “diet,” and by exercising portion control, and adding an hour of serious daily cardio into the mix, your weight will literally fall off and you’ll be much healthier for it. It’s much easier than you think.

    To change your lifestyle, you have to be in it for the long haul to win it. There is no other way.

    And second, you have to make up your mind to change your mind. You have to decide to “Commit To Get Fit” and develop a positive mindset right from the giddy-yup. You must be fully committed from the beginning – or this will never work.

    Please stop blaming race, socio-economic issues and the economy for the way you eat. You are the only one putting food into your mouth. No one else is doing it to you . . .

    But you really gotta wanna lose weight, and no one can wanna for you – but you . . . and it has to be something personal. Something that’s truly meaningful to you, like, you’re sick of hauling yourself around. And, believe me, I speak from experience.

    Learn to meditate: If you think you can do this alone, think again. Daily positive self-talk works wonders, and there’s nothing like daily meditation for reinforcing your resolve. Works wonders for me.

    Set daily and weekly weight loss and fitness goals. But be sure to weigh every day and keep a record of it in your fitness journal. You do have one, don’t you? How else will you know where you’re going if you don’t keep a daily health and fitness journal? It’s your roadmap to success. Use all of your daily numbers you record there as motivation.

    Once you define your diet and daily cardio, you’ll begin to lose weight; you’ll feel satisfied and energized, no longer hungry, sloppy and sluggish. If you do, you’re not on the right diet for you.

    When you fall off the diet, health and fitness wagon, forgive yourself, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and begin again at the very NEXT meal. Stop beating yourself up and obsessing over it.

    Ask yourself, “Why do diets fail?” You know the answer better than anyone else.

    Remember: There are no short cuts. None.

    If you quit now, you’ll never win.

    Need a jumpstart?  Please check out my new Commit To Get Fit book.

    * As with any new diet and fitness plan, be sure to check with your physician before you begin. 

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    Laura Dion-Jones is a Pro-Health Activist, Certified Corporate Wellness Coach, Certified Wellness Coach, Radio Show Host, motivational & lifestyle writer & speaker. To learn more about Laura Dion-Jones, her products, services, and blog posts, visit her at www.commit-fit.com