This is some of the information we shared at the Health and Fitness Exp. Hope it will help you on your weight loss journey.

l. Focusing on what you can't eat.     I tell my clients to focus on what they CAN eat. There are so many nutritional dense foods that totally satisfy. One client was going to a luncheon and was telling me all the things you wouldn't be able to have at the restaurant. As soon as I had her focus on what she could have, she decided on a salmon salad. Many attending the luncheon were envious of her meal and wished they had made the same choice!

2. Having an all or nothing attitude.     This way of thinking can be detrimental in the long run. Instead of eliminating a food that you really like, try a healthier exchange. (Substitute riced cauliflower for rice.) If you can't substitute, be mindful of portions!

3. Not having a solid plan.     Check out menus before going out and have the decision made of what you'll have. When a client says, "Oh it will be fine" but they don't have a real plan, they usually eat more and do not make the healthiest choices.   

4. Cutting out an entire food group.     For most people, this is not sustainable for a lifetime. It's also important to have a balance of different food groups to get the total nutrition our bodies need. 

5. Eating too few calories.     I do not count calories, but I do make the calories count. Is the food nutrient dense? Is it real food? What you eat is just as important as how much you eat. Food is our bodies fuel so our bodies can take care of us!

6. Steering clear of healthy fats.     Our bodies need fat every day. The key is healthy fats and moderation. Good fats that we need every day: Avocado, Nuts, Seeds, Olive Oil, and Oily Fish. 

7. Relying on weight loss pills.     We are so desperate to find a quick fix. I tell my clients, enjoy the process. The changes we make change the way we feel, both physically and mentally. When we understand this, we can keep the weight off!