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Five ways acting legend John Goodman lost weight … and you can, too.

Read more about John Goodman in EJGH’s “Healthy Changes.

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Over the last couple of years I have been able to work with acting legend John Goodman on his fitness and weight loss program. For the better part of his life, John did what so many people do when it comes to weight loss. He would start the year focusing on losing weight. He would get motivated for a while and would even lose 50 or 60 pounds. His life on the road as an actor took him around the world on film shoots, where he would invariably gain the weight back. This “up and down” never allowed him to keep the weight off and also contributed to other chronic health problems.

 For everyday people who think they face different challenges than John because they are not traveling the world, I can tell you that the pitfalls of weight loss are the same for everyone. With work, family and the rigors of keeping up the pace of life, people usually are eating on the run, not fitting exercise in their day and not getting a good night sleep.

John took an assessment of his life and made the decision to take control off his health through fitness and nutrition. He has successfully lost over 100 pounds and has kept it off. This weight loss allowed him to dramatically improve his overall health.

The same principles that worked with John can also work for you. As we are about to begin 2011, here are five ways you can start taking control of your life:

  • Food Journal – Start a food journal today and write down everything you eat and the time of day you eat it. Portion size is also important to write down. This will show your daily food consumption.

  • Limit Your Sugar – As we have been celebrating the holidays with desserts and perhaps alcohol, realize that the sugar found in both can become addictive. The more sugar you eat, the more your body craves. Start limiting the amount of sugar you consume and it will help you as you start eating healthy.

  • Set A Goal
    – It is always important to set attainable, but aggressive goals. As soon as you are about to achieve a goal, immediately set a new one. 

  • Incorporate Fitness Program Into Your Day – Whether you are traveling for work or just running through a busy home schedule, make time for exercise. Set an “appointment time” for exercise so that you automatically budget time in your day to consistently exercise. Even when traveling, many hotels have a fitness center you can use.

  • Get Plenty of Sleep – Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of a healthy lifestyle is getting a good night sleep. Sleep is an integral part of a body’s metabolic process, helps your mental focus and can reduce stress levels. Make sure you get eight hours a night and that you go to bed at a consistent time.

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