Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever

My Talk With The Warren Public Library

Part 1

 

Part 2

Feb 9, 2013 20:114 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)

Pete Reveals His Secrets to 20/20

Pete Reveals His Secrets to Permanent Weight-Loss on ABC News 20/20

Chris Connelly interviews Pete Thomas.


When the producers of ABC News 20/20 wanted to find someone to show the world how to lose weight and keep it off —whom did they call? Pete Thomas!

Identified as THE BEST individual to demonstrate and educate others on how to lose weight and keep it off, ABC News 20/20 called on Pete Thomas to share his secrets with the world on camera!

In a candid, one-on-one interview with award-winning journalist Chris Connelly, Pete shares his remarkable weight-loss journey and describes how he has kept the weight off over 7 years.

Pete also takes to the kitchen with Chris Connelly to demonstrate his secret to eating for life-long weight loss success! Pete shares with viewers his principle of modification not starvation, and other principles such as the 3 F’s—Fluid, Filler and Feast.

Pete demonstrating “modification not starvation”

Viewers also get a glimpse of Pete in his personal workout before leading his students through his signature SLIM U™ Boot Camp.

In this insightful interview, you’ll discover what Pete’s students, clients and fans already know— There is NO ONE like Pete Thomas and NO program like Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever.

If you’re looking for someone who has:

  • Lost a significant amount of weight (over 185 lbs)
  • Kept it off long-term (over 7 years)
  • Studied and can teach the psychology of permanent change, and the science of nutrition and exercise
  • Makes weight-loss easy to understand and easy to implement –long term

Pete Thomas is the one.

Watch the ABC News 20/20 segment (airing Friday, January 4, 2013) and let us know your thoughts by commenting below!

Pete Thomas on set with Chris Connelly.

Jan 2, 2013 23:034 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)

Resolutions

5 Keys to a Successful New Year’s Resolution:  A Series

Published by Pete Thomas, NBC's Most Successful "Biggest Loser" for HealthPlusDifference.org

Sofa Resolution

 New Year’s resolutions were usually a joke in my house. I would often sit on the couch while saying, “My resolution this year is to eat healthy and lose 25 pounds,” all the while eating ice cream straight out of the carton with a spoon the size of Rhode Island. Maybe you can relate.

What was wrong? Should I have stopped making resolutions? Was I simply pretending I was going to change my ways as the new year rolled around?

My answer is an emphatic NO! New Year’s resolutions can be a great idea. The new year always brings hope of improvement. But we have to do resolutions right or else they become a running gag throughout the year. A better word for resolution is “goal.” Now, instead of “New Year’s resolutions,” I call them “New Year’s goals”—and that gets me on the right track. I no longer doom them from the start. Continue Reading on www.HealthPlusDifference.org

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Pete Thomas is the Health and Wellness Spokesperson for HealthPlus of Michigan, the Season 2 At-home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” and author of the new book,  “Lose It Fast Lose It Forever.”  Pete is a full-time motivational speaker, teacher, wellness coach and spokesperson.  Learn more about Pete at www.PeteThomas.com

Dec 19, 2012 19:344 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)

"Pete Thomas Experience" returns to Nation’s #1 Corporate Wellness Conference

Corporate Wellness Event Slide Oct 2012


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Anita Lane
Phone: 646.450.6214
Email: Anita@PeteThomas.com

NBC’s Most Successful “Biggest Loser” Pete Thomas Tapped as the as the Official Ambassador for the Corporate Health and Wellness Association and Returns for a 3rd Consecutive Year to the
Conference of over 2,000 Global Health Care Leaders

Pete Thomas will bring his acclaimed “Pete Thomas Experience” to the Nation’s #1
Corporate Wellness Conference October 24-26, 2012

Ann Arbor, MI— October 24-26, 2012, Pete Thomas, the Season 2 At-Home Winner of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser” will return for a third year in a row –this year as the Official Corporate Health and Wellness Association (CHWA) Ambassador at the 4th Annual Corporate Wellness Conference taking place in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Dubbed the “Voice” of Corporate Wellness, for being one of the nation’s top motivational speakers in the Corporate Wellness sphere, Thomas is the ideal individual to represent the CHWA in this capacity. Thomas will also Chair the Corporate Wellness Certification track for hundreds of Human Resource professionals seeking to become Specialists in the field of Corporate Wellness.

“This is a pivotal year in the life of the Corporate Wellness Conference and I’m grateful to be a part of it. More and more human resource professionals are seeking the knowledge necessary to run an effective wellness program and this is the place to learn it.” Thomas states.

The theme of this year’s conference is "Creating a Healthy Culture through innovative Engagement Methods” and will address the biggest challenge most employers face—which is getting employees actively “engaged” in their own health and wellness. The conference will showcase best practices and case studies from corporations around the country in order to help HR and wellness professionals identify techniques that work.

“The level of knowledge and networking available at the Corporate Wellness Conference is simply not available anywhere else. But in addition to that, we’ll have some fun and get some good workouts in as well!” Thomas says, speaking of his signature SLIM U™ Corporate Boot Camp taking place each morning at 6:00 AM. Thomas will also hold a book signing at the conference on Thursday evening from 5:30 pm -7:30 pm in the main exhibit hall. Thomas is the author of the newly released, “LOSE IT FAST, LOSE IT FOREVER: A 4-Step Permanent Weight Loss Plan from the Most Successful “Biggest Loser” of All Time” (Avery, an imprint of Penguin Group USA).

About the Conference
The 2012 Corporate Wellness Conference and Word Medical Tourism Conference/Global Healthcare Congress will include global healthcare leaders, buyers, employers, governments and insurance industry giants from over 90 countries. Visit http://www.corporatewellnessconference.com/ or http://www.medicaltourismcongress.com for more information.

About Pete Thomas
Pete Thomas is the Season 2 $100,000 At-home Winner of NBC's "The Biggest Loser.” As an acclaimed motivational speaker, highly skilled TV personality, teacher, weight-loss coach and corporate spokesman, Thomas helps corporations educate, motivate and engage employees in their wellness programs. Pete Thomas also provides cutting-edge content for health and fitness oriented blogs, books and magazines.

Pete has appeared on ABC’s The View, The 700 Club, and eXtra, as well as being featured in People Magazine, Runner’s World, TV Guide, inTouch Weekly, Real Health and commercials nationwide. Pete travels and spreads his “Winning Principles” to organizations worldwide—both in person and through his website at www.PeteThomas.com. For an interview with Pete Thomas, contact Anita Lane at 646.450.6214.

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Oct 22, 2012 14:084 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)

Lies We Fat People Say: I’ve Tried Every Diet and Nothing Works

By Pete Thomas


Pete Thomas Radio TourFat people are notorious liars. Now, before you get upset and tell me, “everyone lies about something,” let me explain. Of course, everyone is untruthful at some point in their lives. But most people lie to OTHER PEOPLE. We fat people are notorious SELF-DECEIVERS when it comes to our weight, nutrition habits, and other health issues.

I’ve tried Everything!
One lie fat people commonly tell is “I’ve tried all these diets and they just don’t work for me.” And there is some truth to it – most of us really have dabbled in three, four, five different programs, and not seen lasting weight loss. The truth is, a lot of people don’t really work at these diets or follow the principles of these plans long enough to reap any benefit.

Stick with the RIGHT Plan
I don’t agree with the principles of a lot of diet plans, but many of them will work for a short time if you follow their instructions. You may have to do something crazy like quit eating all of your favorite foods or learn a new dance craze or buy some specially packaged meals, but you will lose some weight. However, most people quit once they become uncomfortable or have to start putting in some effort.

You CAN Lose the Weight!
The principles contained in my new book, “Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever,” (available now from your local bookstore or Amazon.com) come from a 10-week weight loss class I’ve been teaching for five years now. (Well, first I employed them on myself to keep my own weight off -- for over seven years now). So I’ve seen hundreds of people lose thousands of combined pounds, and keep it off for good. How do I know it’s long-term loss? Many of my students come back and help me teach the class.

So when one of my students told me she was quitting the class because it wasn’t “working for her,” I was skeptical. She had gone to a total of three classes, and hadn’t done the homework I’d assigned for any of the classes. She went on to have bariatric surgery and reported on social media that “Pete’s class didn’t work.”

She was what I call a “You Do It For Me” dieter, because she didn’t want to put in any effort. She wanted someone to wave a magic wand over her so she would magically lose all her weight. Well guess what? She’s still going to have to live by some set of new principles after surgery, or she’s going to gain it back. So I suspect I’ll hear from her again, talking about “how can I reduce my daily calories without giving up the foods I like?” That’s one of the things my program teaches.

It would have been safer and more satisfying if she had just stuck with it long enough to see a lasting change – the first time.

You can read more about how to establish “Forever Habits” in my new book, Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever.

So get informed, be confident, and start moving forward for a lifelong journey of health and purpose.

And remember, There’s a Winner Within You!

Question

Have you ever given up on your weight loss goal before seeing results? Do you think your plan failed you or you failed your plan? Please share your comment below!

TAKE ACTION!

Decide today, right now, to keep going even when it gets tough. Gather a team around you and give them permission to help hold you accountable to the plan you’ve laid out.

Oct 19, 2012 18:144 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)

Losing Weight is STILL a Stupid Goal…” Part 2

The Begining Of Weightloss ...

by Pete Thomas

Mini-Book Photo
Have you ever considered exactly when is the beginning of weight loss?

To be successful at weight loss the first thing you must do is Master your Mind.


Your body will only go in the direction that your mind takes it. Goals help the mind to focus


Like everything else in life, success in weight loss starts with setting great goals.

What You Don’t Know …Matters
One is that people don’t know any better. There’s a lot of weight loss information out there, but it’s not organized very well. And weight loss teachers typically only teach part of the story, such as the exercise part or the dieting part. Or the information they teach doesn’t have a good foundation; they start with advanced concepts before teaching the basics. That is one reason I wrote my first book, Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever. It goes back to the basics and teaches lifelong weight loss—from the very beginning.

See It… Then Achieve It
Another reason people make short-sighted goals is because they lack the confidence to set aggressive goals. You’re pretty sure you can lose five pounds, but 25? And you can probably keep the weight off until August without much trouble, but keep it off forever? Mentally you cave in at the thought. Maybe you don’t know anybody who’s done it before. Well, now you do – me. I lost 185 pounds in under a year and I’ve kept it off for seven years and counting. I put all my secrets into the book, so that you can have the confidence to gain long-term health as well.

Don’t Leap.  Take Just One Step
Another reason we create bad goals is that some of us are just lazy. (For you politically correct people, let me use a kinder phrase – “action challenged.”) Losing a few short-term pounds is not hard – you just skip that unhealthy snack every night for a few weeks. But a lifetime of giving up chocolate cake? Sorry, I’ll stay fat. You know what? I get that. I’ve been there.

When you’re looking at a mountain and thinking, “I have to cross that giant thing,” it can be daunting. That’s why my weight loss method breaks it up into small, reachable steps. Climb this rock. Now reach that one. Pretty soon you are in the habit of climbing and it feels good.

You can read more about taking that first, important step in my new book, Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever.

So get informed, be confident, and start moving forward for a lifelong journey of health and purpose. And remember, There’s a Winner Within You!

Question
Have you begun your weight-loss journey by “Mastering Your Mind?” What have you mastered thus far and what do you intend to master next?  Please share your comment below!

TAKE ACTION!
Decide today, right now, to set a goal to achieve and maintain a healthy goal weight and make good on that goal by taking a few small steps that you can maintain forever.

Sep 19, 2012 12:124 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)

"Losing Weight is a Stupid Goal"

Losing Weight is a Stupid Goal

by Pete Thomas

 Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever Book Available at Amazon.comDo you know why we’re fat? We’re fat because we’re ignorant. By ignorant I mean we are actually lacking in knowledge or awareness. And because we are ignorant we set stupid goals.

Having a goal to lose weight is a stupid goal.

It really is. I’m not trying to criticize you because I have been there myself. Okay, so maybe “short-sighted” is a better word than ignorant. Let me explain.

You’ve Lost Weight Before…
We’ve all lost weight before. Lots of times. Two pounds here, five pounds there, ten pounds that other time. We achieve our goal over and over again. Then we gain it back. Then we set a new goal … low and behold it’s the same one – “to lose this much weight by this time.” blah blah blah. And you know what? we ‘hit’ those goals again and again. And then you regain the weight again and again. Why? You set a goal to lose weight. Not to keep it off permanently and not to get healthy. You set a shortsighted goal and you hit that goal over and over again.

Different Goals = Different Focus = Different Habits.

You won’t achieve long-term health if you set short term goals. You must set a better goal. And here’s why; Your body will go in the direction that your mind takes it. Your weight loss goal should be something that helps you to achieve a healthy weight and maintain that healthy weight for the rest of your life. For example, you goal should be to be healthy and energetic enough to see your children graduate college. Not simply to lose 20 pounds so you can look good in your wedding dress.

Setting long term health and wellness goals that may have a weight component adjusts our focus from tips and tricks toward habits and change. I will talk more about that in an upcoming article.

Why don’t we set better goals? There are a variety of reasons with the main one being ignorance. Meaning we don’t realize we are setting a dumb goal. One we will reach every time and still not help us become healthy. If you have read this article, you can no longer claim ignorance. It’s time to set a better goal.

You can read more about setting Great Goals in my new book, Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever.

Until then, let’s continue this conversation here and on Facebook. And if you’re in the Ann Arbor, MI area, I welcome you to drop in or join my SLIM U™ Boot Camp and Seminar in Ann Arbor. Learn more at www.PeteThomas.com

And remember, There’s a Winner Within You!

QUESTION
Have you noticed how different types of goals lead to different types of outcomes? Have you experienced the difference between a short-term, “event” based goal and a life-long, “purpose-based” goal when it comes to weight-loss? Please share your comment below!

TAKE ACTION!
Ask yourself, “How can I change my goals so that I focus on habits, lifestyle change and permanent success?”

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Sep 19, 2012 11:584 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)

The Secret Sauce…

Do You Have a Teammate?

by Pete Thomas

 Pete Thomas Big RedIn my last blog post I helped establish for you that you MUST have a team in order to make weight loss a SUCCESS for YOU. Now this week, I’m going to introduce you to your first two teammates.

Medical Teammate
First and foremost, you need to consult your physician before you pursue any new diet or exercise regimen. Your medical teammate will be important at the beginning as they give you permission to exert yourself. They will also be important as you exercise because you will experience some aches and pains.

Here are a couple tips I want you to remember when finding medical teammates.

  • You need to get permission from a medical teammate before you begin any exercise or diet regimen

  • You need to talk to your medical teammate concerning your goals

I say this because quite often when you see your doctor about some ache brought on by exercise, your doctor is going to say, “Well, stop doing what you’re doing and it won’t hurt anymore.” That is unacceptable if you’re going to become healthy long-term. And your doctor will understand when you explain and be able to work from your goals, rather than contrary to them.

Working out will naturally cause your muscles and joints to hurt. Especially if you are overweight. But you CAN work through that! You need to know if you have a true injury, or if the pain is going to go away as you get in shape and lose weight. And your medical teammates will help you with that.

The second part of your team is…

Workout Teammates
Of course you need a workout teammate! Someone who will go with you to the gym and count reps with you, or someone who will come over and do an exercise DVD with you. Loafing is incredibly easy if you don’t have a steady workout partner. Your body does NOT want to work as hard as you need it to, and your mind is not always going to be your friend. You need someone to KEEP you exercising!

When it comes to working out, it’s best if you have three types of teammates:

  • You need teammates who are more advanced than you so they can INSPIRE you to improve

  • You need teammates who are at your level so they can keep you ACCOUNTABLE

  • You need teammates who are not yet at your level so that you can REACH OUT and cement your weight loss goals

I think it’s very important to have someone who is more experienced and knowledgeable than you at a particular thing, who really can show you how to eat correctly and how to work out correctly. You also need someone at your level so they can keep you accountable. You may find it strange, but I believe you also need to have someone who’s a little behind you that you can bring along on your journey. That’s because, as you learn about health and wellness and nutrition and exercise, these things will become even more solidified in your mind as you coach others.

And there you have it–the first two important teammates you will need to build up an INVINCIBLE weight loss team perfect for YOU. I’ll be here next week to tell you the next three important teammates to join you!

In the meantime, let’s continue this conversation on Facebook. When you Sign up you’ll receive my free e-book, “Ten Tips from a Biggest Loser: How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off!”

I look forward to helping you reach your goals in 2012. Whether you need a motivational speaker, teacher, coach or corporate wellness consultant—I can help. Contact me at www.PeteThomas.com.

Remember, There’s a Winner Within you!

Sep 19, 2012 11:444 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)

Don’t Be A Dumb-Dumb!

Seven Teammates You Need to Lose Weight in 2012

by Pete Thomas


Pete Thomas Before and AfterWhy do some people quit their diets and gain all the weight back they have lost? There are a variety of reasons, but one of the most important is the most overlooked. It’s so simple that people miss it in their search for some complicated hormonal or genetic answer.

So what are YOU lacking in their quest for better health? Is it a magic pill or special workout or something to sprinkle on their food?

Actually, it’s none of the above. What YOU lack is a…

TEAM

That’s right, a team. I know what you may be thinking and it’s true … a team by itself will not cause you to lose weight. But the lack of a TEAM may be the “make or break” element that keeps you on the program or causes you to get discouraged and quit.

A lot of articles have been written on The Biggest Loser weight loss approach. A lot of so-called professionals have commented on the contestants’ dieting habits and our workout regimens. But most people overlook the MOST potent factor that the show brings to its contestants, its “secret sauce.” That factor is a strong, supportive, 24-hour-a-day TEAM environment.

There is no way I can overstate this – you canNOT lose weight alone. This lifestyle change you are contemplating … this is not like deciding whether or not a new outfit of clothes looks good on you. It’s a little more important than that. And yet, most of us would be more likely to seek help or guidance about a new outfit than we would weight loss. But when it comes to weight loss, we want to do it alone.

Weight loss is one of those things that people think, “Oh, I can do this on my own.” Dumb, dumb, dumb. Weight loss is not something you’re going to be successful at on your own. Now you may be asking, “Why do I need a team?” The two main reasons: accountability and encouragement. You will need them BOTH in large quantities if you want to be successful.

So I’m here to help you out. I will share with you the seven teammates you WILL need this year to help you reach your weight loss goals. Stay with me every week this month, and I’ll tell you who the teammates are and what YOU need to achieve the weight loss YOU want.

In the meantime, let’s continue this conversation on Facebook. When you Sign up you’ll receive my free e-book, “Ten Tips from a Biggest Loser: How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off!”

I look forward to helping you reach your goals in 2012. Whether you need a motivational speaker, teacher, coach or corporate wellness consultant—I can help. Contact me at www.PeteThomas.com.
Remember, There’s a Winner Within you!


Sep 19, 2012 11:364 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)

No More Short Term Relationships

The Longer the relationship, the sweeter the results.

by Pete Thomas

 

Pete Thomas Full ShotSo far, we’ve talked about restrictive diets, dumb diets, and those that don’t encourage good eating habits.  We’ve talked about a myriad of reasons to quit dieting.  Now, however, we’ve come to one of the most important aspects of dieting— the short-term diet and why you should avoid it.

Many diet plans will help you lose weight for a short time. If you’re an actress and you have to lose 30 pounds by next month for a once-in-a-lifetime role, then fine – pursue a freaky diet like the lemonade and syrup diet. But if you want to keep those 30 pounds off, you’ll be looking for another plan, because that lemonade diet is ultimately unsustainable.

This brings me to my Number One Principle of Nutrition. Notice I said nutrition, not diet, because I prefer that you pursue good health rather than short term weight loss. My Number One Principle of Nutrition is … never, ever, EVER start a diet that you can’t maintain for the rest of your life.

What I want you to do is move from dieting to eating for life. Many of us – myself included – have struggled with weight loss for a long time; we’ve struggled with eating poorly over the years, and so we just can’t be on a diet. We have to be on a way of life. There is a big difference between pursuing a diet and pursuing a lifestyle. One is doomed to failure; the other is destined for success.

Where to Turn for Help

Hopefully I have convinced you that just being on a diet is not enough. If you want to lose weight in 2012 – and keep it off – you will have to systematically learn how to treat your body correctly in the areas of eating and exercise. You will have to train your mind to reject bad habits and start new ones.

You can find helpful tips on eating to lose weight at my web site: www.PeteThomas.com There you will learn how to figure out how many calories your body needs (your BMR, or Basal Metabolic Rate) and some simple tips for modifying your food to reduce your daily caloric intake.

The truth is, you don’t need to spend a fortune on special foods provided by some diet company. And you don’t need to be told when to eat and when and where. You need to be educated so that you can live healthfully and independently in 2012.

So what are you waiting for?  Write that unhealthy diet plan your “Dear John” letter and find a plan that will help you for a lifetime.

I invite you to join me on Facebook where we can continue this conversation on a daily basis online. When you Sign up, you’ll receive my free e-book, “Ten Tips from a Biggest Loser: How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off!”

I look forward to helping you reach your goals in 2012.  Whether you need a motivational speaker, teacher, coach or corporate wellness consultant—I can help.   I also welcome you to drop in or join my SLIM U™ Boot Camp and Seminar in Ann Arbor, MI if you’re in the area.  Learn more at www.PeteThomas.com


Remember, There’s a Winner
Within you!

Sep 19, 2012 11:264 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)

Are You Learning How to Fish?

Don’t just eat what you’re told.  Learn how to eat!

by Pete Thomas


Pete Thomas Before and After

Last week I talked about “counting plans” and discussed why these types of diets can be ineffective.  However, there is another kind of diet plan called a “set” plan, and these can be just as bad for your weight-loss goals.  You’ve heard the saying, “Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach him how to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” Well, it is no different when it comes to your diet.

Jenny Craig and NutriSystem are set plans. These plans tell you what to eat for breakfast, what to eat for lunch, and what to eat for dinner. Because they are very specific, and they work well for a certain amount of time, they are very popular plans.

However, set plans do not teach you HOW to eat, they only tell you WHAT to eat. What are you going to do when the food that you’re supposed to eat is not available? Let’s say that you go on a vacation to Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon. What are you going to do when your special food that’s supposed to be refrigerated is not available in the Grand Canyon? If you don’t eat what’s on the plan, you’re not on the plan.

Another problem I have with set plans is that they never teach you to prepare your own food. You spend a fortune on the special food provided by the plan, but you never learn to make a meal plan, shop at the grocery store or prepare a healthy, low calorie meal for you and your family. So set plans have obvious limitations.

These limitations can sabotage your weight-loss goals and your health.  Avoid them. And stick around for next week’s discussion of short-term diets that go nowhere.

In the meantime, let’s continue this conversation on Facebook.  When you Sign up you’ll receive my free e-book, “Ten Tips from a Biggest Loser: How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off!”

I look forward to helping you reach your goals in 2012.  Whether you need a motivational speaker, teacher, coach or corporate wellness consultant—I can help.  Contact me at www.PeteThomas.com.


Remember, There’s a Winner
Within you!

Sep 19, 2012 11:214 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)

How Dieting Makes You Dumb ...

If Your Diet Makes You Dumb, Ditch it!

by Pete Thomas

Before and AfterRecently, we’ve been discussing reasons why you should quit “dieting.”  Last week, we discussed how restrictive diet plans can do more harm than good, and we resolved to ditch those.  This week, it’s time to evaluate how “smart” your diet plan really is, and whether or not you should keep it.

Many diet plans are “counting” plans.  A counting plan is where you have to count something – it might be calories, or carbohydrates, or fat grams, or something else. These are good for restricting the number of calories or carbs that go into your mouth, so they have value. Atkins, The South Beach Diet and Weight Watchers are examples of counting plans.  Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever, is a variation of a counting plan, so I’m definitely not against the idea of “counting.”

However, I have a problem with counting plans if it doesn’t teach you how to count for yourself. It is fine to understand the “point” value of a product, but it’s better to understand the nutritional information. If you’re trying to lose weight, knowing the calorie content in your food is the most important information.

Here’s an example. In one plan, Progresso Light Soup is “zero points,” although it does contain calories. That’s misleading and counterproductive to weight-loss. So in my opinion, that plan makes you “dumb” because it doesn’t teach you the real life skill of counting actual calories–and the reality is–all foods have calories. Water and diet drinks excluded, of course…

Here’s another thing to watch out for. In some plans, you’re rewarded for any extra exercise that you put in. That’s good in theory, but there’s a catch. They reward you by allowing you more points or more food that you’re allowed to eat. This can at times sabotage your weight loss efforts.

Next week, I’ll discuss another type of restrictive diet—the kind that only tells you what to eat instead of how to eat.

In the meantime, let’s continue this conversation on Facebook.  When you Sign up you’ll receive my free e-book, “Ten Tips from a Biggest Loser: How to Lose Weight and Keep It Off!”

I look forward to helping you reach your goals in 2012.  Whether you need a motivational speaker, teacher, coach or corporate wellness consultant—I can help.  Contact me at www.PeteThomas.com.

Sep 19, 2012 11:024 years ago

Jaci (Team Pete)