Ok, jokes aside: The choices you make add up big time when it comes to shedding body fat. Here are some tips I follow, and ones I want you to think about as well.

1. Be Realistic About Your Expectations.

Getting into the the mindset of weight loss or getting fit takes time. Patience is the key. If you have this mindset it will minimize disappointment of those times where you feel you’re not making progress. Stop thinking about one month from now, think about 6 months from now and you will have way more success.

2. The Quick Fix…Doesn’t Exist.

You need to form your new eating habits into a lifestyle. This also takes patience and time. If you can, get to the point where your new eating habits become second nature.

3. Don’t Try To Change Everything at Once.

You may or may not have different habits to change. Pick one or two habits you would like to change each week and master those. For example, that could be switching drinking pop to a litre of water every day. This may seem like a small change but it’s a HUGE change to your daily habits. Taking on too much at one time can lead to frustration and ultimately failure.

4. Don’t Focus On The Numbers.

How do you FEEL? Recognize your feelings and how good you feel after you made changes for the better. Focus on how do you feel after you have completed a good sweat session. How do you feel after drinking 1L of water instead of pop? How do you feel after switching frozen pizza with homemade chicken and salad?

5. Lose The JUNK.

Yes I said it – do a cabinet cleanse! There is no ifs, ands, or butts. Go you kitchen, get out your garbage can, and throw in all the cookies, white bread, chips, crackers, ice cream, candy, and the pop. Throw it out because the world does not need this stuff and it is making us sick.

6. Eat Whole Foods!

Feel fuller faster. Whole grains, fibre and protein! So if you feel sluggish after eating, that’s because you are eating junk. You shouldn’t feel sleepy or just brain dead. You should feel light and ready to take on a workout after just an hour or two of eating. Most people eat stuff that zaps their energy, but think of food as fuel, not as something that ways you down. Salad, chicken, fish, brown rice (in small amounts), sprouting breads, fruits, vegetables….try to focus on foods that don’t need to be cooked, like salads and cut up fruit!

7. Watch The Serving Size!

Size down your servings! How much you eat is just as important as what you eat! Portions portions portions. You shouldn’t be eating more than 500 calories in one serving, which will fill you up if you are eating the right foods.

8. Cheat Day!

Enjoy it. Enjoy your favorite cheat meals! Wing day is pretty awesome. But remember that it comes around ONCE a week, and you should limit it to one or two meals. Don’t eat crap all weekend and just call it a cheat weekend. If you are serious about staying healthy, it’s called a Cheat Day for a reason!

I hope you enjoy that, and if you did, join me on Facebook every day. I’m there at 1pm EST (New York City time) and I go through your questions and often I show you some moves. Here’s my Live from today, in fact — watch this above!
And definitely take your health in your own hands. Like so many things in life, it won’t just happen out of nowhere — you need to work on it.