Weight Loss Challenge


Weight management is a challenge for many and it’s hardly ever just about food. It’s true that we are inundated with overstocked supermarket shelves and are bombarded with at least one doughnut, taco, fast food and pizza sign per day. There is no doubt that dodging our tempting environment is part of the challenge! The other part of the challenge is our behaviors. Comforted by our daily routine, changing our behaviors may come with an uneasy feeling of responsibility, hard work, and the possibility of failure.

Setting goals to change your behaviors comes one step at a time. Unrealistic goals will only bring disappointment. Attempting to lose 3 pounds a week or setting a 40lb weight loss goal without setting up how to get there is a sure way to failure. In Eating Free, each new week is a new challenge or goal. Instead of focusing on weight loss goals, challenge yourself with behavioral changes which in the long run will take you to the weight you want. For example, a good challenge can be as easy as adding 2 fruits a day, eating breakfast, or maybe getting 6-8 hours of sleep per night. We don’t move forward with the next goal until one is met.

Goals don’t get accomplished by themselves. It takes goal-setting and an action plan. Baby steps! Focus on the how of getting from point A to point B. Focus on how to lose the 40lbs rather than setting a number and not knowing how to get there. The FreeQ tool is a great way to figure out what needs to change. Grab each item from the FreeQ and make it a challenge. Start today and before you know it, your goal will come without even feeling it. Start Eating Free!

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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 www.eatingfree.com (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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