Thanks Dr. Drew for always making me feel better. You are a terrific doctor!
Dieting is a constant way of life for me… and frankly for most of my friends too!
I have maintained my weight loss so far for about three years. And it takes great effort.
There are days I eat healthfully- meaning fruits, vegetables plus lean protein and other days I put so much garbage in my mouth I cannot believe it.
Food shame still exists for me as does my love of the poptart.
One thing I have found that works well for me lately is to alternate “cleansing” with regular food days- so I have a couple of NON consecutive days a week where I eat a whole lot less than the other days. In a way this is similar to the concept of the fast diet but often I use juice companies to help me do this.
My two favorite juice companies are Love Grace and Ritual Wellness.
Both companies make super yummy drinks that have the right break down of nutrition facts for me.
And both companies ship! I adore JJ Virgin. Her The Virgin Diet book is fantastic-her plan is STRICT but if you do it, then I am certain you will feel incredible. She also has a great sense of humor. And my favorite protein powders on the market come from her! A little less strict but always wise information comes from my girl Joy Bauer. She is the most pragmatic nutrition person I know. She realizes we are all going to eat what we want so she tries to manage our wants! And to that end, my friend Hungry Girl (Lisa Lillien) always has the best lower calorie recipes you can find.
My colleague and friend David Kirsch also makes a terrific line of supplements and snacks. He ships too!
Exercise is also EXTREMELY important to my weight maintenance and here’s why… when I get the schpilkis out of my head during exercise, I calm my emotions and subsequently, most of the time, will eat less.
Of course exercise is also necessary because it strengthens all muscles including my heart, and burns some calories, but the mental impact is what matters most for me.
I was making treadmill videos for about a year- haven’t in quite some time- plan to again!
and yes! I do love my treadmill still. It is made by True, got it from the gym source years ago (they are the best place to buy equipment- no joke- my family has used them for over 20 years!!) and really if you’re going to own a piece of exercise equipment the treadmill is definitely what to own.
I lay out my exercise clothes each night so when I am up early I’ve no choice but to throw them on and get on that damn machine! I am always happier when I have moved my body. You will be too.
My weight fluctuations are somewhat brutal:
I can go up and down a full three pounds day to day- but I weigh myself each day so that the upswing never gets any higher.
How do you (or dont you?!) maintain your weight?!
P.S. My kids come home from camp soon. I cannot wait! hope your summer has been full of joy!