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Ask the Doctor: Does Exercise Make You Happier?

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Sep 05, 2014 @ 02:43 PM

Can exercise make you happier?In many health fitness programs, exercise is considered a key part of improving physical health. From improvements to cardiovascular health that allow people who exercise to work longer and reduce their risk for serious heart disease, to strength training that tones muscles and burns fat, exercise is a proven means of improving physical health and fitness.

However, there are more benefits to keeping up a regular exercise routine than simple (albeit very important) physical health perks. Exercise also has numerous mental health and wellbeing benefits to go along with the physical health perks, such as improved confidence, focus, and mood.

This brings us to this post’s main question as posed by the title: “does exercise make you happier?” In short, the answer is yes, exercise can elevate your mood and promote feelings of wellness or even euphoria. Yet, there is more to this answer than that, as there are a lot of specific mental health benefits to exercise. Some of these benefits are considered short term, while others are long-term.

Short-Term Mental Benefits of Exercise

Many people who work out report having an elevated mood shortly after completing an exercise regimen. This is typically because of the effect of endorphins, chemicals released by the body in response to specific stimuli, such as the “stress” from exercise.

When you exercise, you are putting a controlled amount of strain on your body’s system. The body interprets this strain as stress, and naturally releases chemicals to counteract this stress to prevent harm. The rush of endorphins you get from exercise can cause temporary feelings of euphoria as the endorphins released during exercise attach to the opioid receptors in your brain.

Another shorter-term mental health benefit of exercise is a reduction of anxiety following the completion of an exercise routine. Once again, the release of endorphins after the completion of a workout are responsible for this boost. In fact, according to research featured on the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website (NCBI), “exercise compares favorably to antidepressant medications as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression.” While not a cure of severe depression, the feelings of mental wellbeing following exercise have been known to lessen the severity of depression.

With regular exercise comes an increased capacity for physical activity. However, this doesn’t apply only to physical activity. Research shows that workers who exercise regularly frequently out-produce coworkers who don’t work out as often. The chemicals released during exercise can also boost creativity, making post-exercise creative work more inventive.

Long-Term Mental Benefits of Exercise

While the endorphin rush following any one specific exercise routine may be short-lived, the overall mental health benefits of repeated exercise can be much longer-lived than that.

Examples of the long-term benefits of exercise include:

  • With time, the health gains from your exercise will also help you build confidence.Improved Self-Confidence. Even after the euphoria of the endorphin rush is gone, the benefits to your self-image go on. After repeated exercise sessions (paired with a responsible diet/meal plan), you’ll be losing fat, gaining lean mass, feeling more energetic and positive about yourself. In short, as you get into physical shape, you’ll be more confident in and satisfied with your self-image. This is a large part of the reason why exercise is helpful to those who suffer from anxiety or depression.

  • Improved Cognitive Function. In another study found on the NCBI website, it was discovered that physical activity could “improve cognitive function in humans… possibly via a brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF)-regulated mechanism.” Scientific studies suggest that BDNF helps improve decision making, information retention, and brain function. Even better, some research suggests that working out may slow or prevent the degeneration of the hippocampus, a seahorse-shaped organ in the brain that plays an important role in the formation of new memories. This, in turn, could help alleviate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease (unfortunately, there still is no cure for this condition).

These benefits are in addition to those of overall improved health, strength, and respiratory function that come with exercise.

Getting the Most out of Exercise

While the short-term mental health benefits of exercise that are tied to the release of endorphins might not need repeated exercise to be experienced, gaining some of the longer-term benefits will take some more dedication. Or, maybe, just the occasional reminder.

For many people, one of the biggest challenges in getting the right amount of physical activity and gaining the physical and mental health benefits that come with exercise is that life can seem to just get in the way. It’s so easy to get tied up in doing one thing after another until you realize that the whole day has gone by before you find the time for even a quick workout. Thankfully, there’s a way to keep yourself appraised of your progress towards your exercise goals: a Fitbit activity tracker.

What is Fitbit?

Fitbit is a device that tracks your activity throughout the day, reading how many steps you’ve taken and helping you track your daily calorie burn and intake. With the ability to wirelessly sync to your smartphone or other mobile devices, tracking your progress towards your fitness goals is as easy as loading the app and checking the screen.

Different models of the Fitbit device can also track your sleep, giving you an idea of how restfully you’re sleeping each night! Models of the Fitbit that sync with your mobile devices can be programmed to give you reminders throughout the day of when you wanted to take 5-15 minutes out of your day to get in some physical activity.

With a Fitbit device, you can make sure that you get the little extra nudge you may need to meet your fitness goals and so you’ll be able to enjoy both the physical and mental benefits of regular exercise. Get started with a Fitbit from Step Ahead Wellness today!

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Posted by deborah neiman on Thu, Apr 17, 2014 @ 09:46 AM

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Spring Fit & Fuel Event
Wednesday, April 23rd 5:30-6:30 pm presented by certified personal trainer, Noelle Lusardi and Nutritionist Sari Greaves. 30-minute exercise class followed by 30-minute cooking demonstration. Event is free, RSVP by April 18th todrneiman@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com
 
 
Optifast Support Group
Meet, greet, and connect with others following the Optifast Weight Loss plan. Support group meets every Friday from 11:30-12:00pm and every other Wednesday from 5:00-5:30pm starting May 2nd. Register by emailing sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com
 
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DIET & NUTRITION
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Recipe E-newsletter with Personalized Recipes
Take the hassle out of calorie counting and cooking by signing up for Step Ahead’s weekly recipe, emailed directly to you. Learn how to prepare tasty and nutritious meals from start to finish under 30 minutes. Request a personalized recipe from Step Ahead’s Nutritionist, Sari Greaves.  Register by emailing sari@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com
 
Friday Morning Coffee Chat with Step Ahead’s Nutritionist
Join Step Ahead’s Nutritionist & contributor to the Dr. Oz show, Sari Greaves at Starbucks coffee shop in Bedminster, NJ  Friday mornings from 10-10:30 am starting May 2nd. Enjoy a free skinny coffee and discuss your diet with Sari. Sari will also discuss seasonal nutrition topics and latest diet trends. Register by emailing sari@stepeaheadwellneccenter.com
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SPRING TRAINING SPECIAL
We are offering a "2 FOR 1" spring training special.  Buy any one of our personal training packages and bring a friend or family member in to train with you for FREE!!  This is a limited time offer so act now to take advantage of it. EmailNoelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com if you have any questions or to schedule appointments.  Offer is good until June 1!
 
FREE TRX TRAINING SESSION 
Interested in taking your fitness routine to the next level??  Call today to schedule your FREE 30-minute TRX training session, 908-470-2235.  What is TRX?  The TRX Suspension Trainer is a workout system that leverages gravity and your bodyweight to perform hundreds of exercises. You're in control of how much you want to challenge yourself on each exercise - because you can simply adjust your body position to add or decrease resistance. TRX delivers a fast, effective total-body workout, helps build a rock-solid core, increases muscular endurance, and benefits people of all fitness levels (pro athletes to seniors).
 
WALKING/YOGA SUMMER PROGRAM! 
We are taking you outside this summer!  From June 1 thru Labor Day weekend, our wonderful certified Yoga instructor, Alyssia,  will be offering a weekly 30-minute power walk followed by a 30-minute Yoga Stretch class in the park across the street from our office.  More detailed info on this exciting new summer program will be out soon!  In the meantime, email Noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com if you have questions or want to reserve your spot!
 
GROUP EXERCISE CLASSES
Our group exercise classes are still in full swing on Monday and Thursday evenings, and Saturday mornings.  Email Noelle@stepaheadwellnesscenter.com to sign up or for more info!
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Step Ahead Wellness Center Brings You CARB CHECK... Carb Blocking Supplement

Posted by deborah neiman on Tue, Dec 10, 2013 @ 03:11 PM
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If you've been battling carb cravings, Step Ahead Wellness Center can help!  We are thrilled to announce a new carb blocking supplement called CARB CHECK.
 
Carb Check contains a northern white bean that inhibits the breakdown of starch in the intestinal track, thus alleviating cravings for empty carbs. By blocking these empty carbs, you're energy/sugar levels remain steady throughout the day thus making it much easier to stick with your healthy eating plan, and your exercise regime!
 
Let us help you stay on your healthy weight loss track this holiday season and beyond!  Call today to learn more about Carb Check, and all of our weight loss programs:  Call 908-470-2235 or email drneiman@stepaheadwellnesscenter.comwww.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com

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Check Out This Killer Indoor Leg Work Out!

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Dec 09, 2013 @ 06:50 AM

While the weather outside is frightful, indoor workouts are delightful!  Check out this killer leg workout you can do wherever, whenever!  No equipment is needed.

 

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Let Step Ahead Wellness Center meet all your fitness, healthy weight loss goals... See our website at www.stepaheadwellnesscenter.com for our latest special weight loss offer.

 

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Countdown to Thanksgiving

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 @ 12:59 PM

Look for us at Step Ahead to help you get through the holidays with less pain and gain!  We are offering you a DAILY TIP to get through Turkey Day,

Either a calorie burner or a calorie builder- yes, exercises and recipes to help make this day more enjoyable and easier for you and your family.

 Today, we will start with one of our fabulous recipes from our dietician, Sari Greaves, who has unique recipes to add spice with very little calorie price!

Turkey with Herbes de Provence and Citrus

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1 (14 to 15-pound) turkey, neck and giblets reserved 
1 orange, cut into wedges 
1 lemon, cut into wedges 
1 onion, cut into wedges 
6 fresh rosemary sprigs 
6 fresh sage sprigs 
6 fresh oregano sprigs  
2 tablespoons herbes de Provence 
1 tablespoon olive oil 
1 1/2 teaspoons salt 
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper 
6 cups canned low-salt chicken broth (approximate amount) 
1/3 cup whole-wheat flour

To make the turkey: Position the rack in the lowest third of the oven and preheat to 400 degrees F.

Rinse the turkey and pat it dry with paper towels. Place the turkey on a rack set inside a large roasting pan. Place the orange and lemon wedges, onion, and 2 sprigs of each fresh herb in the main turkey cavity. Tie the legs together to hold the shape of the turkey. Stir the herbes de Provence, oil, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of each the salt and pepper in a small saucepan over medium heat just until the butter melts. Rub the mixture all over the turkey and between the turkey breast meat and skin. Place the turkey neck and giblets in roasting pan. (Recipecan be prepared up to this point 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes before roasting.)

Cover the turkey breast with foil. Roast for 20 minutes. Pour 3 cups of broth into the pan and stir to scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Add the remaining sprigs of fresh herbs to the pan. Roast the turkey for 40 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees F.  Pour 1 more cup of broth into the pan. Continue roasting the turkey until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 165 degrees F to 175 degrees F or until the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a skewer, basting occasionally with pan juices, about 1 hour and 30 minutes longer. Transfer the turkey to a platter and tent with foil. Let stand 30 minutes while preparing the gravy.

To make the gravy: Strain the turkey pan juices from the roasting pan through a sieve and into a 4-cup glass measuring cup; discard the solids. Spoon off the fat from atop the pan juices. Add enough chicken broth, about 1 to 2 cups, to the pan juices to measure 4 cups total. Add the whole wheat flour and whisk for 1 minute. Gradually whisk in the broth. Simmer until the gravy thickens slightly, whisking often, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the turkey with the gravy.

Serving: 3 oz (white meat-very lean meats)

Calories: 105

Protein: 21g

Fat: 3g

 

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“Chew your food more before swallowing.”

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Nov 15, 2013 @ 11:34 AM

Did you know that chewing more may be one way to reduce food intake and potentially help with weight management? Check out this great article below for the scoop.

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Chewing More Could Mean Eating Less

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Chewing food more was shown to reduce total food intake in a group of normal weight and overweight people

November 14, 2013

(dailyRx News) When midday hunger hits and it's time to eat, you might not be thinking about how much you chew your food. But by doing so, you could end up eating less.

 

A recent study found a significant decrease in the amount of food eaten when people chewed their food more.

The authors of this study noted that chewing more may be one way to reduce food intake and potentially help with weight management.

Chew your food more before swallowing.

This study was led by James H. Hollis, PhD, of the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University. The research team examined whether increasing the number of chews before swallowing food affected meal size in normal weight, overweight and obese people.

Dr. Hollis and colleagues analyzed data from 45 people between the ages of 18 and 45 in Ames, Iowa.

People were excluded from this study if they had previously used or were currently using tobacco products, were underweight, had a history of gastrointestinal disease, were on medication that altered appetite, were dieting or restricting calories, were allergic to the test foods or were pregnant or lactating.

At the beginning of the study, participants were given five servings of Tostino’s pizza rolls and asked to report how many times they chewed their food before swallowing. A researcher sat with each participant to confirm this number.

After this assessment, participants attended three test sessions during their usual lunch time. Each test session was seven days apart.

On each test day, participants were asked to eat their usual breakfast and to avoid alcohol or strenuous exercise for 24 hours before the test session. They were also told not to eat or drink any food after breakfast, with the exception of water, until the test session began.

During the test session, each participant was given 60 Tostino’s pizza rolls. They were told how many times they had to chew before swallowing. Some participants were told to chew their food the same number of times that they chewed at the beginning of the study, some were told to increase their number of chews by 50 percent and some were told to double their number of chews.

Food intake, meal duration, average eating rate and appetite ratings were recorded at the end of every meal for all test sessions.

The researchers found that participants who increased their number of chews by 50 percent ate 9.5 percent less than participants who were told to chew their food the same number of times.

Participants who doubled their number of chews decreased their food intake by about 15 percent compared to those who were told to chew their food the same number of times.

The researchers also found that increasing the number of chews increased meal duration and reduced eating rate.

The researchers did not find a significant difference, however, in appetite ratings between the groups.

The authors of this study noted that normal weight participants had a slower eating rate than overweight and obese participants, which supports previous research. They concluded that more studies are needed to determine the long-term effects of increased chewing on body weight.

This study was published on November 9 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The study authors reported no competing interests.

http://www.dailyrx.com/chewing-food-more-was-shown-reduce-total-food-intake-group-normal-weight-and-overweight-people

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Tips to drink smart while dieting

Posted by deborah neiman on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 @ 11:27 AM

Tips to drink smart while dieting

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As a dietitian and as someone who enjoys socializing over cocktails, I believe that you don’t have to give up alcohol just because you are trying to lose weight. This is supported by research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine that found that light to moderate drinkers actually gain less weight over time than teetotalers, and they also have a lower chance of becoming overweight or obese.

I know this from experience working with my clients who consistently lose weight without abstaining from alcohol. Instead of asking them to cut out alcohol, I help them learn to drink a bit smarter by avoiding unnecessary calories.

Lighten your usual drink

It’s easy to order a less caloric version of your usual drink. For example, have vodka, tequila or other spirits with zero-calorie club soda and a splash of juice instead of an 80 calorie cup of tonic. For nearly the same calories, you can relax over two rum and Diet Cokes or have one specialty cocktail, such as a cosmopolitan.

Make yours a spritzer

Do like the Europeans and have a wine spritzer (half wine, half club soda) that’s refreshing and waist-friendly at about 50 calories a glass.

Beware of mixed drinks

A single margarita or other sugary cocktails can pack anywhere from 450 – 600 calories! Opt instead for tequila with a splash of juice and a wedge of lime, or order a drink made with light vodka in your favorite flavor mixed with zero-calorie soda water.

Sip wine and spirits

Your best bet for low-cal drinking is wine and spirits, because these contain about 90 calories per drink.

Pace yourself

If you plan to have only one drink, order one that you will linger over. For example, a martini is practically straight liquor, but shaken with ice and an aromatic splash of vermouth, it is a reasonable 160 calories per 2.5-ounce glass. If you expect to have more than one cocktail, try alternating with a glass of water or seltzer with a wedge of lemon or lime.

Tip: Try my lighter twist on a classic cocktail – Basil Bloody Mary 

By Tanya Zuckerbrot

Published November 06, 2013

FoxNews.com

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FDA to Ban Trans Fat in Foods

Posted by deborah neiman on Fri, Nov 08, 2013 @ 10:40 AM

FDA to Ban Trans Fats in Foods

The artificial additives are linked to heart trouble, doctors say

U.S. health officials announced Thursday a plan to phase out heart-harmful trans fats in processed foods and restaurant fare.

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U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said the proposed restrictions on the use of trans fats could prevent 20,000 heart attacks a year and 7,000 deaths.

"The agency has made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils, a major source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not generally recognized as safe for use in food," Hamburg said during a morning news conference. "This is an important step for removing harmful trans fats from processed foods."

Many food companies and restaurants have eliminated trans fats over the past decade, in part because of FDA nutrition label changes enacted in 2006. And some local governments, including New York City, already prohibit their use.

These restrictions have helped reduce trans fat intake among Americans from 4.6 grams daily in 2003 to about 1 gram a day in 2012, the FDA said.

Even so, Hamburg said trans fats "remain an area of significant public health concern." Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. The Institute of Medicine concluded that trans fats provide no known health benefits and there is no safe level of consumption of trans fats, Hamburg added.

The medical community welcomed the news about trans fats.

"This represents a very important move by the FDA to help further reduce trans fat dietary intake and improve cardiovascular health in the United States," said Dr. Gregg Fonarow, spokesman for the American Heart Association and a cardiology professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Many cookies and other baked goods, some microwave pizzas, ready-to-eat frostings and a host of other everyday foods contain trans fats, which are often labeled partially hydrogenated oils.

Trans fats raise total blood cholesterol levels even more than saturated fats, which can lead to heart disease, Fonarow said. They also raise LDL (bad) cholesterol and lower HDL (good) cholesterol when used instead of natural oils, he said.

Clinical trials of diets containing trans fats have shown an increased risk of heart attack and premature cardiovascular death, Fonarow added.

Currently, trans fats fall in a category of additives "generally recognized as safe" by the FDA. Under the new proposal, they would be removed from that list and food manufacturers would need to petition the agency before using them. But FDA approval of such petitions is considered unlikely.

Widely used to improve the shelf life, flavor or texture of foods, trans fats are made by adding hydrogen to vegetable oil to solidify it.

Many restaurant chains no longer use trans fats, but smaller restaurants may still get trans fats-containing foods from suppliers or use the fats for frying.

The FDA said it would take public comments for two months before setting a timeline to complete the phase-out. "We need to know how much time would be needed for industry to remove partially hydrogenated oils from processed food products should this preliminary determination be finalized," Hamburg said.

Dr. Kenneth Ong, the interim chief of cardiology at Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York City, said there are "only a couple of reasons manufacturers use trans fats -- maybe the taste and perhaps the cost. But I am not familiar with any health benefits. In fact, there is much more data to show the opposite."

Samantha Heller, senior clinical nutritionist at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City, said the only real way to know if a food contains trans fats is to look at the ingredient list for "partially hydrogenated" oils. "This means there are trans fats in that food. Put it back on the shelf and find another option," she said.

Added Rebecca Solomon, a clinical nutrition coordinator at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City: "Nothing good can come from people consuming trans fats. At the end of the day our food technology is sophisticated enough that there are healthier alternatives."

By Steven Reinberg and Margaret Farley Steele
HealthDay Reporters

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about trans fats.



SOURCES: Gregg Fonarow, M.D., spokesman, American Heart Association, and professor, cardiology, University of California, Los Angeles; Kenneth Ong, M.D., interim chief, cardiology, Brooklyn Hospital Center, New York City; Samantha Heller, M.S., R.D., senior clinical nutritionist, NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City; Rebecca Solomon, clinical nutrition coordinator, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City; Nov. 7, 2013, news conference with Margaret Hamburg, M.D., commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

http://m.healthday.com/iphone_article.htm?CID=0B3F45B2&NFID=C&articleId=681939

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Lose Weight With Your Smartphone!

Posted by deborah neiman on Thu, Nov 07, 2013 @ 12:29 PM

Step Ahead's Nutritionist shares her favorite nutrition and exercise apps of the week.....CalCutter, Meal Makeovers, and Moves! 

1- CalCutter

PLATFORM: Android and Apple
SUMMARY: Developed by the New York Department of Health, CalCutter calculates the estimated calories per serving in personal recipes and serves up healthy cooking tips. Recipe entry is easy, and recipes can be adjusted for different serving sizes. The app includes helpful information on topics like the impact of oil and zero-calories ingredients on recipe nutrient data, but the ingredient database is limited. 
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2-Moves

PLATFORM: Apple and Android
SUMMARY: Moves is a pedometer app that uses activity and place recognition algorithms to track steps taken or walking, running and cycling miles (when the mobile device is on the users person). The app can track calories burned based on users' anthropometric data, and it records weekly and daily summaries. But unless disabled, the app runs continuously, draining device battery life. 
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3- Meal Makeovers

PLATFORM: Apple
SUMMARY: From the kitchen of registered dietitian team the Meal Makeover Moms, Meal Makeovers is a recipe app that features healthier, more nutrient-rich versions of family favorites. With an easy-to-use interface that allows users to share recipes and save favorites, tips to tweak recipes to a family's taste preferences and basic nutrition information for all recipes, this app makes meal planning easier for families on the go. 

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The five R's of Motivation

Posted by deborah neiman on Wed, Nov 06, 2013 @ 09:44 AM

Getting Motivated to Change

If you are struggling to follow your weight management program, it may be because you are having difficulty maintaining motivation and commitment to weight control. Understanding the process required to increase your motivation may help you put your knowledge into action.

Motivation is more complex than simply wanting to do something. Your motivation to pursue a particular behavior is a reflection of your biological programming and psychological factors, such as your value system and the price you attach to success.

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The Five Rs of Motivation help you determine how motivated you are to lose weight. Ask yourself:

  1. Relevant – How is weight management relevant in my life?
  2. Risks – What are the risks in my life if I do not manage my weight?
  3. Rewards – What are the rewards if my life if I manage my weight?
  4. Roadblocks – What are the roadblocks to weight management in my life?
  5. Remove – How can I remove the roadblocks in order to manage my weight?

It’s important to acknowledge the cost of making a change so that it does not subconsciously undermine your motivation to change. It’s even more important, however, to focus on the value of the change in terms of your overall lifestyle. Motivation needs to be combined with readiness to change in order to stimulate action. Change rarely occurs in a straight line, and you may move back and forth through stages of readiness to change before you commit to making a lifestyle change. There are five stages of readiness for weight control – precontemplation, contemplation, preparation, action and maintenance. These stages of readiness can be helpful to long-term weight management and lapses.

Lapses are a normal and common part of changing behavior. The important thing is not to give up simply because you’ve had a setback. Every step, even a step backward, is informative if you analyze and learn from it, using it to help you move toward the point where you can maintain your commitment to weight control.

*from the OPTIFAST Lifestyle Education Series™ 'Motivation to Change'

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