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Lose Weight With Dr. Jo’s No Big Deal Diet

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If you are looking for a hassle-free diet that is easy to understand as well as follow, you’re looking for Dr. Jo’s No Big Deal Diet. The No Big Deal Diet is outlined in the book of the same title written by Joanne Lichten PhD, RD. Dr. Jo has been a dietician for over 25 years.

Her book is a labor of love and a result of over two decades of helping people just like you lose their excess weight and keep it off.

The Overall Message/What’s In the Book

Dr JoDr. Jo has really laid it all out for you in the No Big Deal Diet. The book gets its name from Dr. Jo’s statement that losing weight is ‘no big deal’ once you learn the necessary tools and skills included in her book. When these behaviors are learned, you will finally be able to lose your excess weight and keep it off forever.

In the book you will learn not only healthy eating and exercise habits, but healthy mental habits. Getting healthy and losing weight is not only a physical experience, but also mental, and sometimes spiritual.

Dr. Jo tells you that through her many years as a practicing dietician and working with patients with all different bodies and needs, she learned there are three main details you should know in order to be successful in your weight loss:

Just knowing what to do isn’t going to cut it to make a healthy lifestyle change.

There is not a single diet that is perfect.

You don’t have to have willpower in order to lose weight.

Dr. Jo says that individuals that have been successful in losing their extra weight and keeping it off have no more willpower than anyone else who has held onto their fat. She says the keys to losing it and keeping it gone are seven skills you must learn. They are:

  • Make no more excuses.
  • Treat yourself right.
  • Make your own rules, don’t follow anyone else’s.
  • Do not deprive yourself anymore.
  • Speed up your metabolism.
  • Ask yourself why.
  • Maintain your focus.

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The No Big Deal Diet focuses heavily on these skills. You will learn that while there is no single perfect diet, you can develop your own diet and eating habits that will work perfect for your body to shed weight and keep it off for good. Because there is no perfect diet, you will required and encouraged to make your own decisions and learn from your own mistakes in healthy eating.

Through mental skills and positive affirmations you will learn to not be negative towards yourself, to not make anymore excuses for yourself, and to encourage yourself to do better and be better. She has also included various tips to deal with different types of emotional eating.

Dr. Jo recommends keeping a food journal so you can see where you are making mistakes or need to correct or change your course. Also included in the book are sample diet plans straight from Dr. Jo, exercise recommendations, and food/diet recommendations.

The Diet Plan and Exercise

While following the No Big Deal Diet, you will be encouraged to come up with your own diet plan that is tailored to your personal tastes and dietary needs. Dr. Jo does give some recommendations of healthy foods to eat and a sample diet meal plan so you can see what healthy combinations and meal choices look like, but there is not a full diet plan included.

Some foods that Dr. Jo has recommended as being good for a diet include: cheese, frozen yogurt, whole-wheat bread, black beans, baked potatoes, black beans, and lean beef.

With this diet, you are encouraged to keep track of your calories and to know the proper amount of calories you should consume each day based on your height, weight, and age. You are also encouraged to eat breakfast each day, as this makes you less likely to eat an excessive amount of calories throughout the day.

Dr. Jo does emphasize the importance of exercise when trying to lose weight. Losing weight with diet alone is very difficult. She does state that you should never do exercise or workouts that make you miserable. You should try to find activities where you can exert physical energy, but where you also really enjoy yourself. If you love to swim, then you would create a workout routine that includes swimming or being in water.

It is recommended that you keep an exercise journal to keep track of how often and how long you are exercising, as well as which exercises you did. Not only can you see what you have accomplished, but over time you will be able to clearly see how you have improved in stamina and strength.

While Dr. Jo doesn’t lay out specific exercises or workouts to do, she does recommend that you have both cardio and strength training into your routine. To maintain your determination, you could hire a personal trainer or get a workout buddy.



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