If you’re trying to lose weight, here are 7 important “Do NOT’s!”

trying to lose weightAs you might already know, I’m a recovered stress eater and the founder of bestselling video course Stop Emotional Eating – a life-changing online home study course – which helps to retrain your brain so you naturally crave healthier foods and habits.

I used the tools in my video course to permanently end my food addictions.

It’s now my passion and mission to help as many people as I can to regain their health and happiness.

(You can read more about my story by clicking here!)

Here are 7 important “Do NOT’s” to help you to slim down and healthy up – so you can live with more energy, better nutrition and boosted confidence.

1. Do NOT miss breakfast.

Note: Recently – there’s been some new research about intermittent fasting – which says to purposefully skip breakfast sometimes. You can read this about it here.

Eating breakfast jump-starts your metabolism – and stops you from pigging out at lunch. Studies even show that people who regularly eat breakfast lose more weight!

Be sure to include protein for longer-lasting energy and fiber for longer-lasting hunger-control

If you work out in the mornings, be especially sure to eat a healthy breakfast first – so you burn off fat – instead of burning off muscle. You’ll also feel more energetic during your workout – and thereby be able to accomplish more.

In general, it’s not good to starve yourself and miss meals. It confuses your metabolism, and it’s more likely to lead to pigging out.

2. Do NOT overeat “healthy” food.

You can have too much of a good thing! Be careful when eating healthy foods like grapes – dried fruit – trail mix – nuts – avocados – granola – fruit yogurts – dark chocolate! They are loaded with calories. Scroll through Kathy’s Vegan Kitchen recipes so you can mix and match foods in every meal.

3. Do NOT over-do portion size. 

lose weightMake sure the meals you eat are appropriately sized. Make a deal with yourself: no second servings – ever.

Protein should be the size of your fist.

If you’re in a restaurant, and entrées are large, don’t feel the need to be part of the clean plate club.

Be a member of the “ask for a doggie bag” club instead.

Or consider ordering appetizers for entrees.

If you’re at home, make portion-control sized baggies of your favorite snacks.

4. Do NOT eat standing up.

Watch out for mindless eating.

Remember: Any food eaten while standing in front of the refrigerator still has calories.

A plate is not what makes something fattening!

5. Do NOT miss your shut-eye. 

Studies consistently show that missing too much sleep can increase appetite-stimulating hormones and slow up metabolism.

Plus, if you’re working out to lose weight, you especially need the energy sleep brings.

6. Do NOT over-do low fat foods

Low fat foods are high on problems. They’re loaded with extra sodium, sugar, and chemicals.

Plus often less fat means less nutrition – because some of the good stuff is missing.

Also – because these foods feel lighter – you might wind up over-eating them!

It’s always better to eat fruit and veggies whenever you can – even up to 5 or 6 servings a day is okay! They’re not only healthier for you – you’re more likely to lose weight – because all that fiber keeps you feeling sated longer!

7. Do NOT drink the wrong beverages

It’s not just what you eat which can influence your weight – but what you drink.

Watch out for soda, fruit juice and alcohol! They pack on the calories. However do try to drink water regularly – especially right before a meal. It helps with portion control. Your mission: 8 glasses of 8 ounces of water daily!

Note: A recent study showed drinking cool water can actually speed up your metabolism and decrease cravings for sugary stuff!

STOP binge eating, stress eating – and STOP just plain ol’ eating crappy foods!  

Join Stop Emotional Eating– a life-changing video course.

I will show you how to rewire your thoughts and emotions around food. Already my course has helped many thousands of people to slim down and feel good – including myself! These tools helped me to lose 20 pounds in 3 months – and keep the weight off for over 6 years – and still going strong! Stop Emotional Eating is a video course you can start right away – do at your own pace – and keep for life!

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