Woman loses 166 pounds, says fresh vegetables, whole foods and positive thinking are key to success

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(NaturalNews) In March 2011, Teena Henson carried 332 pounds on her 5-foot-4 frame. Today, she's down 166 pounds, has participated in several 5K walks and most recently set her personal best finish in 46 minutes.

So, the burning question: how did she do it?

Weight loss tips from Henson

1) Choose healthy, whole foods

While she incorporated exercise into her routine, she also started to make changes in her diet.

Henson explains that she eased into these changes, first starting by eliminating soft drinks. That change alone significantly contributed to Henson's 18-pound weight loss in the first month alone.

Today, Henson says she eats plenty of fresh, whole foods. "There was a time when you couldn't have gotten broccoli anywhere near me." These days, she enjoys fresh vegetables regularly, along with superfoods such as quinoa.

2) Create a weight loss mantra

"For me, 'diet' is a four-letter word for failure," she said. Rather than focus on the "d" word, Henson created her own mantra: "I have a desire to work out. I keep a determination to work out. I created a discipline to work out, and I choose to work out."

The importance of developing a mantra is essential for many people seeking to lose weight. In fact, Kari Hartel, a registered and licensed dietitian, says that "developing and utilizing a mantra can assist you with your weight-loss or other health-related goals by reinforcing positive behaviors . . . a mantra can help you shift the focus from the actual number on the scale to the more permanent idea of adopting a lifestyle change, establishing a healthier relationship with food and developing confidence."

3) Believe in the power of the mind

Henson says "The smallest of changes one can make in their present lifestyle can garner big changes, not only in the physical body, but in the mind."

The notion of positive thinking is something that mind-body connection expert Esther Hicks, who delivers Abraham Hicks' inspirational words of wisdom, believes in. "Don't just say you want it, believe that you want it," is one of Hicks' weight loss tips. "You can't eat something that you believe will make you fat and be slender . . . it's all about vibrational balance." The simple belief that health improvements like weight loss can be easily achieved can be helpful in setting the wheels of success in motion.

The combination of exercise, eating healthy foods like broccoli and quinoa and keeping a positive mindset were all ways that Henson dropped half of her body weight in three years.

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About the author:
A science enthusiast with a keen interest in health nutrition, Antonia has been intensely researching various dieting routines for several years now, weighing their highs and their lows, to bring readers the most interesting info and news in the field. While she is very excited about a high raw diet, she likes to keep a fair and balanced approach towards non-raw methods of food preparation as well.

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