** HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT – written by Gisele Guilbert **

1 . Stop Looking For a Quick Fix

If you want a quick fix, that's just what you'll get, one that will only work for a few quick days. You might lose five pounds in a week, but you'll gain it back, plus 5% more in the two weeks after

2. Begin to write everything down before you eat it!

Just the action of having to write it down will help you to focus on what's really going on and help to dissuade you from emotional eating. You will begin to make wiser choices with every stroke of your pen! Commit to doing this and aim to do it 100% of the time.

3. Think of one thing that you would be willing to do for the next 30 days and commit to it.

Maybe it's going without chips at lunchtime or taking a 15 minute walk in the morning. Whatever it is, tell someone about it, then write it down on the top of your journal every morning and then do it!

4. Write before you eat and think when you write.

Ask yourself how hungry you are. How long have you felt hungry? Are you sure you're not thirsty? If you're not hungry, consider waiting awhile to eat or cutting your portion down. If you aren't hungry and have a craving for something really rich, have a small amount and savor every bite.

5. Eat what you want to eat, not what someone else tells you to eat.

If you go on a diet, where you can only eat certain foods and find that you feel deprived, it won't be long before you'll throw in the towel and give up. Instead, eat what you like to eat, but try to find healthy versions of it, or eat smaller portions when you do "indulge".

6. Experiment with food!

If you are a seasoned dieter, there are probably all kinds of taboo foods that you simply won't allow yourself to enjoy. Chances are, your tastes have changed somewhat. Try all kinds of foods and slowly savor each bite for texture, flavor, aroma, aftertaste and then re-determine what foods you enjoy.

7. Remember tomorrow is a new day.

When you have a bad eating day, remember that you can start fresh. A "bad" day won't cause you to gain ten pounds. Keep the bigger picture, the week and the month, in mind and get back on track by committing to someone that you are starting fresh.

8. Be honest with yourself.

If you decide to measure your food, then do it accurately. We aren't hurting anyone but ourselves when we aren't honest. Dishonesty also eats away at our sense of integrity and diminishes our confidence.

9. Don't weigh yourself every day.

Decide which day you'll weigh yourself once every week or two and stick to it. Drinking just one large glass of water can add a pound to your body weight! Our weight fluctuates quite a bit, so don't panic when you see the scale jump up a pound or two. It's only when the pound or two is still there next week and the week after that that you need to acknowledge it's there to stay.

10. Get accountability and encouragement.

Find a support group, trainer or coach. Having someone who will encourage you and help you exercise diligence, perseverance and integrity will help you tremendously.