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Nutrition Notes With Ilana Muhlstein—Make 2019 The Best Year Yet

Posted Monday, December 31, 2018 - 11:20 am

As I always say, “you only get one body, make it one you’re proud of.”

Ring in 2019 with these weight loss tips for the new year.

• Think two pounds at a time. You may have to lose 20, 30, or 50-plus pounds, but focus on losing just two at a time. Believe me, it adds up. I lost 100 pounds by focusing on two at a time. When you are only focused on your bigger goal, it is easy to lose motivation and give up sooner. When you lose five pounds, you want to feel like you accomplished something, not like you haven’t made a dent. Focusing on losing two pounds at a time narrows your thinking, making it easier to accomplish your goals and keep you positive along the way.

Set short and long-term goals that keep you looking forward. Look at your 2019 calendar and mark your upcoming events and occasions. Sure, you can lose 10 pounds by Valentine’s Day, but what about for Easter, 4th of July, and even Thanksgiving? The goal is to lose the weight and never find it again.

• Master one-quarter of your day at a time. Break up your day into three to five hour stints and think about which area needs to be fixed first. If you always start your morning with a sugary coffee paired with a bagel or dessert, then make that the first place to start. Swap that breakfast for lots of water first, paired with coffee made with a splash of milk or almond milk and stevia or one packet of sugar. Find a high-protein breakfast that would satisfy you like an egg sandwich or protein shake. Once this first quarter of your day is set, you can move on to lunch. Then, you may want to tackle your afternoon snack cravings. Eventually, you can rework your dinner and the sweet temptations that follow.

Enlist support. When you make healthier changes, you want people to say, “good for you, that’s great.” This makes it easier to stay consistent with reaching your goals. It’s critical to ensure that the people around you are aware and encouraging of what you’re doing. It’s also inspiring to them when you keep with it.  

Ilana Muhlstein, M.S., R.D. is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Beverly Hills and mother of two. Muhlstein is not only a nutrition expert, but she, herself has lost 100 pounds and kept it off. She is the creator of the 2B Mindset weight loss program and sits on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association, Go Red for Women campaign.

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