The subject of weight loss has gotten to be nauseatingly boring. It’s everywhere. It’s bursting with plans , solutions and of course, products. Yet people don’t seem to figure out how to lose weight safely and keep it off for good.

So, I decided to give you my simple “healthy mama” way of losing weight. It doesn’t require you to buy any new products ( well, maybe some groceries) and it is remarkable unscientific. All it asks you to do is listen to you body and listen well.  And your body will never ask you for candy ( your brain will, so learn to distinguish between the two.) A lot of my clients have shed dozens of pounds and kept the weight off, using  my method. Here’s the plan:

Exercise for at least 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week. There is really no way around it. Humans aren’t meant to sit on chairs all day -this is how we get old, sick and obese. If you don’t have time to exercise, make time. Wake up an hour earlier. Don’t watch TV: most of it is full of pizza commercials, anyway. Go to bed an hour later, but do exercise! You can go for a brisk walk, a jog, go to the gym or do one of my YogaPulse yoga DVDs.  Get your body moving often.

Now, the diet part. Cut out everything man-made. Eat only natural, unprocessed foods. Before it goes into your mouth, ask yourself: “Did it grow on Earth?” For example, whole grains grown on earth. Crackers do not. Even whole wheat crackers. If you choose to eat meat, limit yourmeat or fish portion to a palm-size amount: even a big strong man or a growing teenager does not need more than that at a time. Limit meat consumption to three times a week. The rest should constitute of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and grains. Limit nut and seed consumption to one palm-size amount a day, since they contain a lot of fat. Limit your legumes to one palm-size amount a day as well. Use only high-quality, cold-processed oils for dressings and sauces.  Drink only pure water. And….

Here’s the most important part:

Make sure that 60% -70% of your diet is made up of green vegetables.

The percentage correlates with how fast you want to lose the weight. If you need it off for your bikini time next weekend, keep it at 70%, I you have a few weeks to spare, 60% would do just fine. Green vegetables are exceptionally high in vitamins and minerals and also are exceptionally low in calories. If you dislike their taste, steam your green veggies, sprinkle them with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice. Add some sea salt. Or, juice your greens, but keep in mind that in this case, your green juice should constitute 60-70% of your diet: plain and simple.

Good luck for your upcoming bikini season! Let me know how this system works for you.

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