Weight loss is more than just diet and exercise, says registered dietitian Keri Glassman. Obviously, those are important, but just as important are sleep, stress reduction, organization, empowerment, breathing and even love.
Glassman, a regular on "Access Hollywood Live" and the "Today" show, was on "Today" Thursday to discuss her new book "The New You and Improved Diet" (Rodale Books, $24.99).
“The fact is, if you don’t look at all of these other areas of your life, it doesn’t matter how great that meal plan is, how motivated you are or that grocery list you have, you’re not going to lose weight,” Glassman told Al Roker. “But on a positive side, if you focus on all of these other areas of your life, you’re going to lose weight and become healthier almost automatically.
Don’t look at losing weight as saying goodbye to things you can’t eat, Glassman said. Instead, eat “from a place of empowerment and not deprivation,” focusing on all the great things you can eat.
And Glassman gives you some tasty choices with her book’s 8-week plan of menus, which feature “non-diet” foods like dark chocolate, grass-fed beef, guacamole and nuts.
The number 8 is important to Glassman – 8 hours of sleep, deep breathing for a count of 8, an 8-week meal plan, 8 favorite empowering foods, and even an 8-foods cleanse.
Glassman writes: “What does eight have to do with weight? I may not be a math geek, a numerologist, or a big believer in mysticism, but eight is ... great! The Pythagoreans considered it a symbol of balance. And the Chinese think it is such a lucky number that they kicked off the Beijing Olympics at 8 seconds and 8 minutes past 8 p.m. on 8/8/08!”