Don’t Just Hope, Do


Hope goes a long way, but you can’t just hope your way to good health! I’ve helped hundreds of clients lose weight in my weight loss clinic, but hope is not enough. Many of my clients arrive tired and weary of yo-yo and fad dieting or alternatively, inundated with “healthy” information and habits that are just not working for them. They are exasperated, confused, and come to me with only an ounce of hope left.

What delivers clients to my door is ofcourse that little bit of hope, but more so, it is their enormous longing and readiness for change. What then drives them to success is a readiness to TAKE ACTION! Just as with any endeavor, the means to accomplishment require action steps, a to-do list, a timeline, a direction, and a focus.

With any goal you may have, ask yourself:
– Are you ready to change?
– Why do you want to change?
– Are you confident to act towards that change?
– Do you spend time daily and weekly preparing and planning to reach your goal?
– How or what do you do each day to work (not just think) about your goal?

In the end, hope will get you to the front door, but action will get you through.
Photo Credit: Jun Belen

About The Author

Manuel Villacorta is a registered dietitian (RD) and certified specialist is sports dietetics (CSSD) with more than 16 years of experience. He was recently appointed national media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association, which identifies him as one of the United States’ leading weight loss and nutrition experts. Villacorta is the owner of San Francisco-based private practice MV Nutrition, the recipient of two consecutive “Best Bay Area Dietitian” awards (2009 and 2010) from the San Francisco Chronicle and Citysearch, and the creator of the Eating Free™ weight management program. Villacorta also developed MV Professional Nutrition (a software suite designed to assist RDs with their own private practices) and created (an international, Internet-based weight loss and weight management program). Villacorta is a compelling, charismatic communicator—a public speaker, who is often praised for making audiences feel, heard, motivated, and engaged. His warm, approachable style, alongside his strong bilingual proficiency in both English and Spanish, have made him an in-demand health and nutrition expert on both local and national television and radio, and in articles in print publications and online. Villacorta worked closely with Dr. Nancy L. Snyderman, chief medical editor of NBC News, to provide expert nutrition advice on a number of topics for the BeWell network. He is often invited to speak at annual state and national conventions such as The Oregon Dietetic Association (where he was the keynote speaker), and The American Dietetic Association (where he spoke to other dietitian professionals about his successful private practice). Villacorta has acted as a media representative for food companies such as Foster Farms (one of the largest chicken producers on the West Coast) as well as for such California statewide health campaigns as the “California Latino 5-A-Day Program” and “Got Milk.” Prior to setting up his private practice, Villacorta worked as a public health dietitian for California Children Services and the Prenatal to Three Initiative, where he offered prenatal, infant, and childhood nutrition consulting. He has worked as a clinical dietitian for Kaiser Permanente in San Francisco and has held a faculty position with the School of Nursing at the University of San Francisco. Villacorta received his bachelor of science in nutrition and physiology metabolism from the University of California, Berkeley, and his master of science in nutrition and food science from San Jose State University. He has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for his research, including the Outstanding Master of Science Degree Award from San Jose State University’s Department of Nutrition and Food Science.

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