Ah, the diet book. Hope in a book. There’s no end to the gimmicks packaged as the road to weight-loss nirvana. If shunning carbs and taking ice baths is your kinda bag, stop reading now and Google something like “cabbage soup diet.” For those of us more savvy and realistic, there’s Lauren Slayton’s The Little Book of Thin.
Slayton, a nutritionist and the founder of Foodtrainers, serves up a practical, no-bs roadmap to help slay all your weight-loss saboteurs. Late-night snacking, holidays, the wrong workouts, alcohol, travel — she covers them all. Think of this slim, orange book as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People for your waistline (except she’s got dozens, not just seven).
What I love most about the book is that all the tricks and rules are really just about making small changes that lead to big results. So if 2013 was (unfortunately) the year of the twerk, let Slayton help you make 2014 the year of the tweak.
I’m thrilled to have her guest posting on my blog today. Check out her “Treat Training” rules below (step #1 has changed my life (and my abs)).
“I was doing so well until” always seems to precede a client or friend’s recap of their dietary downward spiral. The thing is, it’s never that first cookie, fry or slice of pizza that makes a difference. What happens is that we feel guilty, mentally scold ourselves and then we’ve boarded the runaway treat train and Healthytown is soon far, far away.
I love my Vitamix as much as I love my children (it’s ok there’s enough love to go around) but I can’t subsist on green juice, salmon and kale. I can’t, you can’t — so we may as well plan for our treats so that we can enjoy them. I’m going to tell you about something called Treat Training. Treat training will show you French women are not the only ones who can “stay thin” while eating cheese and other deliciousness. You too can live a balanced, Spanx-free life. Here’s how:
Treat Training is a 4-step process
1. Treats should be planned
Once a week, think about your schedule, what you’re craving and when you’ll want to veer.
2. Treats should be portioned
So we’re talking two cookies not ten. It’s a treat not a treat meal. A sliver of pie, a “fist” size of fries. You still want to eat your treat like a person who wants to look their best.
3. Treats should be consumed socially
We eat (and treat) ourselves very differently when other people are around. No treats standing at the kitchen counter or with the fridge door open. We’ve all been there, it isn’t good.
4. Next meal or snack on track
For many of us, once we’ve had a treat our inner food and body critic rears it’s nasty head. That critic is the “treat train” conductor I talked about earlier. Take a deep breath and keep the next meal on track. Once you do this, ding-dong the guilt is gone.
Self-reproach is more costly than the most caloric food. Like any skill, treat training takes practice but with it (and The Little Book of Thin) you can really plan-it thin forever.