Weight Loss and Losing Weight

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There are so many diets what works and motivates?  There are so many gimmicks about this berry or that that claim to be the answer.  It is pathetic.  The weight loss industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.  At IMS Supplements, Inc.  we receive telephone calls about this pill or that and people want the truth.  The truth is there is no magic bullet or pill when it comes to weight loss.  The only thing lighter after watching some program or advertisement is your pocket book.

The truth is that we are hungry due to all the empty calories that we are consuming in processed foods.  I never was one to recommend multi-vitamins but it appears despite alleged vitamin fortification in this and that in the grocery store we may be getting short changed when we are shopping in the produce section.  The vitamins and minerals in produce come from the soil.  When the soil is over farmed and simply replanted after every crop without rest the amount of nutrients become reduced.  More and more people are gravitating towards USDA organic products and non-GMO and this is obviously the best place to start.

After the first step you need motivation.  Well what motivates you?  For many of us it is as simple as looking in the mirror.  Next it is about education.  There are multiple ways to educate yourself.  The easiest is to search out video programming on the internet.  Even Netflix® has some great documentaries.  Well you may ask – what are they?

In no particular order of importance these are our recommendations: koverk  hungrykillratlrg farmagedfatsickKoverKextvegicatedengine2frankbeef

In addition the following video is excellent by Michael Moseley, MD


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And your video education would not be complete without: The-world-according-to-monsant

It is important to note that we have no affiliation nor do we receive compensation for or from any of the video or books mentioned in this article.

These informational video documentaries should be enough to convince anybody that we are in a nutritional crisis in North America. Obesity and Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease are endangering the lives of a majority of Americans and Canadians.

Here are several more to motivate you to do something to change the inevitable sickness and ensuing death.

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So what are the solutions?  Well personally I have purchased and read the following books.  This is step two of the education and motivation.  I am not sure what will work for you individually but the point is begin.  Find the way that works for you.  And this is why I went out and purchased the following:

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Through reading and education one must truly find a way that allows and encourages them to make changes that are healthy and that they can live with.  Part of this journey involves finding recipes and foods that you enjoy.  A few of my favorites are:

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I’m on a journey and I hope you are too.  A healthy and happier one.  Oh I almost forgot. My best friend is an app (yes application) on my smart phone and tablet that allows me to track what I’m eating nutritionally and calorically.  It’s called “My Fitness Pal”  Check it out at: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

A Health Coach is another viable option for those seeking help.  A special program         ” The Secret to Losing Weight Once and For All ” Healthy Habits.

Check out: http://yourinfinitewellness.com/healthy-habits/ and sign up today!

Before you begin any weight loss or fitness program you should consult your health care provider to ensure that it is safe for you.

 

Health and Wellness Coaching – Is it for You?

 Health Coach  by telephoneEarly in the 1990s health coaching began with psychologists treating persons with addictions.  Due to the success of these beginnings health, wellness and fitness coaching have become common and sought out by many individuals.  

The advantages of a health or wellness coach is often over looked and most individuals simply make a resolution that often ends in failure.  The advantage of a health coach is that it requires accountability and hence a motivation that few individuals can make with themselves.  The process of coaching is:

1. Establish a relationship – This relationship has borders that prevent emotional attachment which often can undermine success. 

2. Motivational Interview – This process involves the health coach exploring your internal motivating factors, core values and goals.  This is where the health coach discerns what motivates you and he or she will employ what is learned in this phase to motivate you to reach and exceed your goals. 

3. Wellness Vision – This is where you decide what it is you hope to achieve with respect to your health.

4. Goal Setting – This is formulated with you and your health coach to set attainable sub-goals and goals.  This ensures and prevents overall failure of goals that are not realistic.  Goals promote behavior change. A health coach helps the client progress and move through any negative self-talk, ambivalence, resistance and other hurdles.

With health and wellness coaching, you don’t have to go it alone. And your chance for success is more assured due to personal support, encouragement and the motivation you need to succeed.

How do you find a good health coach?   Often many people start with a visit to a health coach yet in today’s busy world something always comes up that somehow sabotages our health and wellness goals. So what should be most important is choosing a medium that does not interfere with your busy life.  Uniquely the healthcare provider Kaiser says it best:  ” Sometimes a lack of time, resources, or support can make it hard to live your healthiest. Wellness coaching by phone can help you eliminate those barriers, allowing you to make positive changes. 

Partner with a good coach today:

• Focus on healthy habits—Make healthy behavior changes to help you lose weight, quit smoking, manage stress, get more active, or make healthier food choices.

• Create a customized plan—Work with your coach to outline manageable steps you can take to reach your goals. Little changes over time can help you achieve long-term success.

• Schedule convenient telephone sessions—Coaching takes place over the phone, so you can set up calls at times that work for you. 

Health coaches essentially partner with their clients to help them set and achieve specific, measurable goals.  They offer accountability, motivation and guidance.”

A great place to start is right here:  

Kathleen Ogar, CHC, Dipl. ABT, C.Hom.  617-678-4088

http://yourinfinitewellness.com/

I have personally known Kathleen for over a decade.  In addition her credentials and qualifications speak for themselves.

Kathleen is a certified health counselor. Kathleen’s experience spans over a decade. 

The programs at Infinite Health & Wellness are designed to empower the client to achieve optimal health with a step by step plan personalized just for them. Kathleen loves coaching her clients to create a happy, healthy life in a way that is flexible, fun, and free of denial.

 

 

 

 

Do You Need A Health Coach?

If you haven’t heard the term “health coach” yet, it’s just a matter of time before you do.  You might be thinking, “what in the world is a health coach, and why would I need one?”

I’m glad you asked.  When’s the last time you made a goal for your health and stuck with it?   Chances are you’re like millions of other people who have good intentions but can’t quite seem to commit.  You’re busy with other more pressing things like an overloaded work schedule, managing a household, taking care of your kids – bringing them here, there and everywhere – and if there’s any time left over you might kick back and watch a little television to help you unwind before bed.  Then you get up the next day and do it all over again.  Sound familiar?

Our lives have been reduced to a state of constant crisis management, and it’s wreaking havoc on our health. Little nagging aches and pains, if left unattended, can and will turn into chronic, long-term problems.  Stress has a way of eroding the foundation of our health like an ocean battering the coastline – you can’t really see it, but you know it’s happening.  It’s insidious, residing at a low level hum that seems innocuous but in reality is a tsunami in the making.

How can a health coach help stop a perfect storm from brewing?  By guiding and supporting you to make better choices.  It’s a holistic approach to wellness that looks at all the different areas that make up your life: relationships, finances, career, education, food, physical activity, spirituality and home environment to name a few.  Sounds like a tall order, but it’s not.

When you hire a health coach, you’re investing in yourself.  What you’ll get is:

  • More energy that’s not artificially infused
  • dietary plan that fits your lifestyle
  • Sustainable weight loss
  • Control over cravings
  • More time for yourself
  • Peace of mind
  • A good night’s sleep

Most health coaches offer 3, 6, 9 or 12 month programs specifically tailored for you and your life.    This isn’t some flash in the pan diet.  It’s lifestyle management.  The cost, while not overly expensive, is out of pocket.  But it will be well worth it when you compare it to the new initiatives being implemented under Obamacare where poor health will not be rewarded.  And the good news is, it’s meant to last so you won’t be going back to the well over and over again like you do with a monthly prescription drug order.

What would you be willing to give up to have a life that felt manageable rather than out of control:  Your daily latte, lottery tickets, spending money on take out or afternoon trips to the vending machine?

And let’s take it step further.  What happens if you don’t hire a health coach?  Like everything else in this world, you’re going to wear out and eventually break down.  It’s going to cost you a lot more than money to fix your problem if you let it get that far.  You’ll be spending way too much time at the doctors  who will refer you to a variety of specialists where you’ll also spend a lot of time.  Information about your condition(s) will be confusing and often conflicting from one specialist to another.  Mentally and physically you’ll be exhausted.  And if that’s not enough, eventually pain and possibly suffering will become the norm.

How important is it to you to improve your health, reduce stress, increase your happiness, and take better care of yourself and your family?  Only you can answer that.  Think of hiring a health coach the same way you would purchase insurance for your car or your home.  Only it’s a lot more enjoyable.  Life is a long time.  Make the most of it.

If you’d like to learn more, contact us.  We’ve worked with hundreds of people just like you over the phone and face to face.  Our goal is to make your goals a reality rather than something that might have been.  Be well : )