Make Your Diet A Lifestyle

Make Your Diet A Lifestyle

As a Weight Liberator and Clinical Psychologist, people often think of diets as bad.  Diets are temporary unless it becomes a way of life.  A healthy, slender lifestyle includes eating clean, exercising and having a healthy mind.  Changing the way you think and feel about food is the key to ending dieting forever.  Unfortunately, many people in the weight loss industry aren’t properly trained to address these issues like a psychologist.


Take a look at how you view food.  Is it company, love or a friend?  Food is meant to nourish us.  By learning how you think and feel about food you can then focus on the areas of your life that food was substituting.  Food is meant to keep us alive, so live.  Stress eating is a big problem for people, and meditation, daily meditation can help.


Food then becomes more neutral, as it is meant to be.  You can still enjoy healthy food, but you will have addressed body image and emotional issues with food that caused weight problems to begin with.  Then you will stop yo yoing and have one size of clothes in your closet, or two max given the fluctuations even within brands.

Transform dieting into a lifestyle. You have to count calories.  Some people might not deceive themselves even while measuring and can use the portion control method.  Calculate the calories, fat, protein etc. of your most commonly eaten foods, and plug it into your phone app. Then all you have to do is click, click, and you have tallied what you have consumed. Do this for exercise too, so you can track calories in and calories out.  This helps with maintenance especially, since you can exercise more if you ate more than your daily caloric needs, or eat more if you rocked it out with exercise.

You have to prepare your food. The more control you have over what you eat, the better able you are to lose or maintain your weight. Measure everything. Plan ahead. Rinse your produce at once and put it in containers in your fridge to be able to make meals quicker. Make meals ahead if you can. Use a slow cooker to make batches of meals to have whenever you need them (much better than processed TV dinners).  Use bpa free plastic containers, freeze them.  Then measure the slow cooker meals, calculate the nutrients, put it in your app, and you can just reheat it, click, click and you’re set.  Or you can make things that you’ll eat cold, just put it in the refrigerator to thaw over night.  If you are really lazy, a bad cook or don’t mind spending money on food, there are places that prepare healthy, even organic meals for you to pick up. There really is no excuse to not eat well.  Plan ahead. Have a healthy snack at the ready in the event that you may miss a meal, like peanuts, fruit or an organic protein bar. Life happens, but I can come up with solutions for you to eat well and exercise for any hectic schedule.  You just have to want it enough and be willing to make the effort.


Dr. Umfer is a licensed clinical psychologist and forensic psychologist in Tampa Florida. She specializes in weight loss and forensic evaluations, such as sex offender risk assessments, psychological evaluations for substance abuse, competency, fitness for duty, immigration etc. She has certifications in fitness and nutrition, clinical hypnotherapy and as a meditation instructor. She identifies herself as a Forensic Evaluator and Weight Liberator and strives to help clients become "Umferized" aka empowered and fulfilled.

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