Weight Loss: Valerie Bertinelli’s Tips for Successful Weight Loss Beyond Jenny Craig

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Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a TimeE!news aired an interview last night with Valerie Bertinelli, who has just published her inspirational memoir, "Losing It: And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at a Time." Bertnielli replaced Kirstie Alley as Jenny Craig spokeswoman, and has now passed the torch to Queen Latifah.

In the interview, Bertinelli revealed tips that help her maintain a successful weight loss of 40-pounds. These healthy weight loss tips share common principles that our own permanent weight loss experts espouse.

Valerie Bertinelli’s Five Tips for Successful Weight Loss

1. Curb Emotional Eating

"Emotional eating ranks as one of the top reasons women who come to Green Mountain at Fox Run, a residential weight loss program and sister site of this blog. Repeatedly eating when we’re not hungry, or eating until we’re stuffed, often reflects difficulties with low self-esteem, feelings of emptiness, perfectionism, the desire to be special, respected and admired, a need for control or power, and/or trouble expressing feelings." (Read full article Stopping Emotional Eating: Finding the Help We Need)

2. Portion Control

"If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time at all, you’ve heard us talk a lot about normal eating, appropriate portion sizes (the plate model) and making healthy choices. But, if you’ve really been listening, you know we don’t believe there’s any such thing as a perfect eater. In fact, the more relaxed you are about making choices and opting to take into consideration your wants and needs around food and eating, the more effective you’ll be managing your weight."  (Read full article Mindful Eating: Portion Control and Enjoying Dessert)

3. Avoid Midnight Snacking

This tip falls under the category ‘Curb Emotional Eating.’ Snacking in and of itself isn’t a bad thing, but it’s more important to learn how to differentiate between real hunger cues, appetite, and emotional hunger.  According to a recent study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, that looked at the relationship of eating patterns to weight, those who consumed four or more meals and snacks a day were 45% less likely to be obese. In addition, skipping breakfast was definitively associated with a higher risk of obesity. (Read full article The Art and Science of Snacking)

4. Use Healthy Meals Prepared in Advance

Bertinelli finds planning ahead and having a healthy meal prepared and available helps her to stay on track. When women talk about their biggest obstacles to successful weight and health management, we often hear about hurdles like not enough time or knowledge to prepare healthy meals. Using the plate model can make it easier to prepare meals, avoid overeating, and ensure healthy eating.

5. Acknowledge your success

It’s difficult for many of us to challenge and move beyond negative thoughts and comments. Even those who, like Valerie Bertinelli, who have lost weight may find that these thoughts, feelings and beliefs do not change – the ‘fat feelings’ persist. To change our bodies, we also need to change how we think about our bodies. Learning to treat ourselves well and how to stop negative self talk can help to cement healthy lifestyle changes. (Read full article Stopping the Negative Self Talk: "I Feel Fat")

In the end, regardless of how you lose weight, women who can maintain a successful weight loss find that a healthy eating lifestyle is essential for lasting change.

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