Tips for Weight-Loss Success
The following information is taken in part from the new Weight Loss Manual (Stock No. 5322-1) introduced at National Convention in August. Fitness expert and ab model Max Wettstein, a Nature’s Sunshine distributor, contributed greatly to the booklet.
• Goal setting: Think big, but start small. Set reasonable goals. Be committed for the long run.
• Remind yourself that lasting weight loss requires a lifestyle change.
• Be accountable. Find a partner, coach, trainer, sibling or friend, and report your results to him/
her regularly. This will help you stick to your plan and overcome temptations.
• Choose nutrient-dense foods that provide substantial amounts of vitamins and minerals and relatively few calories, e.g. fresh vegetables and fruits.
• Balance your diet with protein, complex carbohydrates (whole-grain breads, cereals and pastas) and unsaturated fats. These tend to promote overall lean-body mass and a healthier, longer life.
• Keep a food journal. Record what you eat, how much and when. You’ll start to see why you eat and may even decide not to eat something because you don’t want to have to write it down. Try keeping an exercise log too.
• Limit/avoid sugar and refined carbohydrates. Get them out of the house so they cannot tempt you.
• Increase your fiber to 30–35 grams a day. (You may need to supplement to achieve this.)
• Get plenty of sleep; 7–9 hours a night supports greater growth hormone production.
• Move your body. Exercise is a critical component to weight loss. It increases lean-body mass
and helps improve overall health and longevity. It also helps with bowel regularity. Start slowly
and gradually increase the amount and intensity of your exercise.
• Pay attention to food labels. Carefully consider calories, carb/protein/fat
ratios, saturated fat and sweeteners.
• Use quality NSP supplements to support your efforts.
• Don’t allow yourself to yo-yo diet. This increases the cravings for fat and often weakens the immune system. Also, a history of loss and gain is associated with greater amounts of fat stored in the abdomen, a pattern of fat distribution linked to greater risk of heart disease and diabetes.
• Don’t skip breakfast. You need fuel in the morning for the day’s activities.
• Don’t eat within two hours of bedtime.
• Don’t drink soda. Drink fresh-squeezed fruit juice and lots of pure water.
• Don’t check your weight daily. Weight fluctuates daily due to water
consumption, metabolism, etc. Weigh yourself twice a week.
• Don’t try to lose more than 2 lbs. of weight/fat per week.
For more helpful tips, consult our new Weight Loss Booklet.