Motivation advice from one of our clients

Brett

A few weeks ago I met one of our clients – Brett, and we had a great conversation about life, food and weightloss that I wanted to share with you. Heavy since he was a kid, Brett has tried it all – from conventional diet plans and fat-loss camps. Yet nothing helped long-term. Feeling alone and frustrated he would gain weight back almost as fast as he lost it, so he almost gave up on his journey until July 2012 when he learned about DeliverLean. Even though he was hesitant at first, Brett realized he got nothing to lose except for 300 pounds, so he signed up. After just 3.5 months into it he has shed 60 pounds and is motivated to continue on to reach his goal. Here are Brett’s 3 tips to staying motivated and losing the extra weight:

  1. Get support. Doing it alone is not fun. It is very hard and lonely. He attributes his success so far to DeliverLean’s team and coaching from our nutritionist. Brett knows that doing it together with other people who care about him gives him lots of strength.
  2. Get educated. Brett loves that DeliverLean’s meals are teaching him about portion control and balance. Now when he goes out he knows what his meals are supposed to look like, so he can still enjoy occasional restaurant food without overeating. He is also loving the taste of the food as it gets most of his cravings satisfied.
  3. Get moving. While it is 80% about the diet, it is also 20% about exercise. Brett has seen that working out just 3 times a week can boost the metabolism, increase muscle mass and help shed fat. But he does advise that (from his personal experience) working out with a trainer is much more motivating than doing it alone. He knows he is in great hands with the team from IMPACT Sports Performance in Boca Raton.

 

What To Do With Holiday Food Gifts

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We know what it feels like when vendors and/or guests bring you delicious food that you know you shouldn’t be eating. The smell of cookies, brownies, chips and other treats seem to call your name, especially around 3pm. You know the thoughts that can run through our minds: “Well, it’s right there. I need a pick-me-up and this food is free. I might as well have a bite.” And before you know it, one bite would lead up to 100 bites. With that in mind, here are 5 tips on how to avoid jeopardizing your waistline without feeling deprived. No willpower needed. 

1. The FREE-GIFT-WITH-PURCHASE Trick

When you go to a department store and they offer you a FREE gift with purchase that you really don’t need, do you still give in just because you don’t have to pay for something? In the end, there is a price we pay for everything and when it comes to free fattening food, what you are really getting as a free bonus is high risk of discomfort, extra weight and health problems. Ask yourself if the food still looks appealing when you know what it will really cost you.

2. The BUDGET Trick

Give yourself an allowance. Just like you watch your monetary budget, do the same with food. Allocate 10% of your food to be simply for pleasure. That means 2 full meals a week or one small 150 calorie snack a day. If it is a 300-calorie cookie that you crave, then have ONE every other day. Don’t jeopardize your budget and go into calorie dept when you don’t have to.

3. The JOY Trick

Sometimes our cravings for free food are simply because we crave the joy of receiving a gift. We want to feel special and worthy of accepting it. In that case, why not spread that joy? Take the food and on your way from work give it to someone who doesn’t have enough to eat, like the homeless, for example. They will be thrilled with the gift and you will get extra rush of serotonin (the feel-good hormone) from making someone else’s day.

4. The EAT-MORE Trick

Look back at your day and remember what you ate. I know from my experience that when I am feeling satisfied with my breakfast and lunch, I don’t have any desire to eat anything else even if it is free and is sitting on my desk. If sweets seem too tempting, that could mean that you didn’t have enough good carbs, protein or healthy fat during the day. In that case, have a snack that is low in sugar but high in protein and good fat, such as hummus with brown-rice crackers or your favorite mixed nuts. 

5. The GUILT-FREE Trick

If all fails and you find yourself reaching for the cookie, then make the best out of it. Brew a cup of tea or decaffeinated coffee. Put the dessert on a nice plate. Look at it. Take a deep breath in to feel the aroma. Take a small bite and chew it slowly, feeling every morsel. Take your time and don’t rush. Let go of any guilt and truly savor the food. I believe that if you eat when hungry, eat with awareness and savor the flavor in every bite, then the food will not do the harm it would have if you inhaled it and then felt guilty about it. Remember, guilt and shame actually slow down your digestion!

YOU ARE INVITED TO OUR HOLIDAY COOKING CLASS

DeliverLean
One of my favorite cooking quotes is by W.C. Fields: “I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.” With that in mind, we invite you to unwind, have a glass of wine, nibble on tasty (and guilt-free) appetizers and learn how to make quick and easy holiday side dishes from our master chefs. After all, why not combine cooking with pleasure and in the end learn how to save time and calories when creating your own feasts at home?
Class is next week and space is limited. Please RSVP to Alli@deliverlean.com. Class is $49 per guest and includes all the supplies, food, wine and a goodie bag.
December 12th, 6:30-8:00
At our facilities in Boca Raton at:
129 NW 13TH St, Suite 33
Boca Raton FL 33432

MORE CLASSES TO COME! 

Save the date for our Raw Foods and Detox Class on January 10th and February 2nd for our Pre-Valentine’s Day Healthy Dessert Class, both to be held 6:30-8:00pm.