7 Tips for Losing Weight in the New Year.

No surprise: Losing weight is the #1 most popular New Year’s resolution. So, here are seven strategies (that work) to help you shed the extra pounds:

  1. Recognize that weight loss is a spiritual issue. You can’t release weight with the same spiritual mindset that gained it. Read books like Marianne Williamson’s A Course in Weight Loss. It shares 21 spiritual lessons for shedding your weight, forever. When you love your body, you make decisions that honor it. Embark on a path of self-love.
  2. Drink lots of water! Water has a boatload of great benefits for your body. Among other things, it helps boost your metabolism and curb your appetite. Drink at least 8 cups a day.
  3. Describe your body with words that lift it up. Avoid negative self-talk, or criticizing yourself – even when talking with others. “I am beautiful. I am releasing weight with ease,” is a healthier and more effective mantra than, “I look so fat today. I am disgusting.”
  4. Look long-term, and avoid fad diets. If you go on a diet, you will eventually come off it. Real change is longer term – don’t look to fad diets for answers.
  5. Replace emotional eating with a healthier alternative – like going for a walk. If you’re eating when you’re not hungry, and are unable to replace comfort foods with healthier alternatives or activity, then you may wish to seek professional help.
  6. Stock your home with healthy foods. Buy foods that a caveman would eat: berries, unsalted nuts, some lean meats, vegetables, etc. It’s much easier to eat healthier foods when that’s what is available. After you eat a healthy meal or snack, bring awareness to your body’s reaction. How does it make your body feel to eat nourishing meals?
  7. Understand the calorie deficit. Weight release occurs when the body burns more calories than it consumes. While the formula seems simple and straightforward, know that calorie deficits are most effectively achieved by working on both ends of the equation – eating healthier foods will result in fewer calories consumed, and regular exercise will result in more calories burned. Don’t try to release weight through starvation. It will slow down your metabolism, and likely result in long-term weight gain.

And, stay tuned for my brand-new fitness program which will launch tomorrow. I’m super excited to share it with you… Through my new program, I’ll help you use fitness to get the results you’ve always wanted. 🙂

Is weight release one of your New Year’s resolutions or goals? Which of these tips will help you in your journey?

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Comments

  1. Christopher Wood says:

    Recognizing that weight loss is a spiritual issue resonates with me. I have never explored weight loss in this manner. What other books do you recommend to read or movies to watch etc about spiritual issues with releasing my weight. I currently weight 234 (highest was 240). I got down to 225 but have regained 9 lbs. Still in a deficit with total loss from my 240 however which is WONDERFUL!!!

    Chris

    ps – can’t wait to see your new program!!!

  2. i love that most if this is mental. it really is a mindset and a way of thinking about yourself. when i started to lose weight it was because i was sick of looking at myself. and my weight loss was going no wehre but yoyoing for over 3 years. a friend turned me on to yoga, which led to nude yoga. when i started nude yoga i was so self conscious. and as soon as i started to accept myself the weight came off. now i’m in the best shape of my life and only getting better!

  3. I disagree that its spiritual at all. Its a matter of proper discipline, motivation and education. Spiritually has nothing to do with it and I would argue that it does more harm than good. It took me a while to find a yoga class that didn’t push that nonsense. In the end you have more time to actually get things done.

    • Tim I don’t think Davey meant spiritual as in religious…. I am most certain that he meant it in ways of paying homage and loving your body, which would be done in a spiritual way because other than self pleasure you can hug your heart, liver, lungs and other inner parts. 🙂

      Plus you cannot motivate yourself unless you put your mind to it, which is a spiritual state. But I can agree with you that religion has NOTHING to do with loosing weight, but remember DW isn’t a religious person to begin with.

      But I agree 🙂

      LM

    • I think all of these tips are GREAT ideas! I think one of the best and easiest things that a person can do is to stock their home with HEALTHY alternatives.

      Something that is a good thing to remember when shopping in the grocery is to shop on the “outside” of the store….. Don’t venture into the inner isles, and you’re bound to be eating healthy!

      I think from there the others will be easy to adapt! If not then I think you are right to say that one would then need to seek professional help.

      LM

  4. Davey, what about green tea – I drink about 3 litres of tea during a day, should I also drink just water?

  5. Davey –

    Thank you for this post. It is short, succinct and on target.

    I am – and have been – struggling with what feels like immovable additional body weight. I’m currently following the new Weight Watchers PointsPlus and in my first week I gained 2 pounds despite near religious adherence to plan; of course the officials at WW have yet to respond or offer any useful or constructive feedback. I weighed, measured, and journaled to no avail.

    The two things that I did not do so well is activity and water consumption – and therein may lie the answers I need. I’ve always known these two “ingredients” are essential for weight loss and the maintenance of it, but as I’ve grown larger and more stressed, I’m less energetic and therefore less mobile or at least less motivated to ramp up the exercise.

    The medication I’m on for water retention (HCTZ) is a real pain in the bladder since I’m constantly in the men’s room and believe me there isn’t anything fun going on in there at work. ;p The interruptions are so great that from time to time I stop taking the medication but that only makes matter worse and fluid builds up and negatively affects blood pressure.

    I’m 46, clinically “obese” and struggling to avoid further exacerbation of hypertension. While I’ve always heard that weight loss is harder to come by as one ages, I seriously have to say that this is ridiculous. I’ve had success with a combination of diet and exercise before, but lately it just seems to be so much more of a challenge.

    That said, I am very much looking forward to your announcement tomorrow as well as any other guidance you’d care to give. Your feedback by email is always welcomed.

    I also plan to take a look at that book “A Course in Weight Loss” that was mentioned in this article. The spiritual “self-love” angle makes complete sense!

    TY XO
    Rob

  6. Oli Schoen says:

    i think just the new DW-fitness program will help!!!!

  7. are those your tits in that picture? Yummy. Baby needs milk for his cereal. J/K. Thanks for this blog (as a whole not just article) Davey!!!!

  8. I totally agree with you Tips, especially 1, 3 and 5!
    Since I left school (about 10 years ago) I always struggled with my weight and after every diet I tried (Weight Watchers, Glyx – reducing carbohydrates, Metabolic Balance, etc) I initially lost weight but after a while had a lot more than the weight I started with.

    The only thing that really helped was not concentrating on the food and the diet, but learning to love myself and my body.
    And with every step I make in that direction I eat healthier (because I don´t have to reward myself with bad food everytime I feel bad, which is really punishing myself for not loving me) and I do more activities (e.g. Yoga) because it feels good and and I can feel how it strengthens my body, since I started listing to him.

    Thank you so much Davey!

  9. These are very good tips and I will definitely be using them =) Thanks Davey!
    I have a couple quick questions though if you don’t mind. I used a calculator that automatically did the equation that’s in one of your other articles which calculates your BMR and recommended calorie intake. On this calculator it told you how many calories to consume to lose X amount of pounds per week. I put in that I wanted to lose 2 pounds per week and it told me to consume around 1500 calories.
    My question is, as a 6’1″ Male weighing just under 15 stone would it be healthy for me to consume this amount, or is it too low.
    I am going to start exercising as well to lose weight, starting with the Underwear Yoga which I am buying this weekend 🙂

    Thanks in advance.
    Eran

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