Number 1 Reason Why People Fail at Diets
People fail at diets because they can’t maintain the change. The old habits of binge eating, drinking sugary drinks, chips, cakes, sweets and usually non-vegetable snacks cannot be easily shaken after years of ingrained practice.
The Atkins diet is a good example of this in a much shorter duration. In a nutshell, the diet is very rigid in carb restriction, especially in the first two weeks of the program. Yes, you certainly lose weight but it can’t be maintained and there are side effects.
Little to no carbs means no fiber and that equates to not eliminating toxins naturally, which typically leads to headaches and moodiness to express a few symptoms.
At some point, the pain from the lack of carbohydrates will challenge your willingness to continue the program, even with the slow reintroduction of carbohydrates weeks later. Typically, the carb sacrifice is too much to overcome and progress.
The body will struggle with weight loss if it is lacking nutrients. Cravings will persist until you find nutritional balance and that is going to be different for everyone.
How to Succeed at Weight Loss
To drop weight and keep it off means approaching your lifestyle differently. Understand you are in this position today trying to figure out how to undo what you have already done over a significant period of time. It’s your habits. So change them!
The first thing is to get focused on your goal and keep it in front of you continuously. That goal can be losing 10 lb, dropping a couple of inches off the waist or getting the coveted six pack abs. Keep your mind focused on the goal, which will give you the momentum to strive forward.
Write it down and put it up. Put it on sticky notes to remind you. Add it to the fridge, bathroom mirror, coffee table, in your bedroom on the nightstand, on your car dash. Use Microsoft sticky notes, the software program, and put it on your desktop. Use a picture of when you were in good shape or an image of a person you would like to emulate. The key is to keep it in front of you.
What You Focus On is What Will Be
This isn’t going to be a band-aid approach. This is a lifestyle change for the better. You start with the idea that you are leaving the old ways behind and beginning a new you.
The new you will be better, you will look better, feel better and enjoy life better. Remind yourself of that because with new goals and habits the beginning is the toughest part.
The reminders you put all over your house will help you get through to the other side. In this case, the grass will be greener.
To have success you need to have systems. Businesses use systems because it helps them be efficient and reach their goals. Same approach here.
Instead of focusing on what you CAN’T eat you focus on what you CAN eat. This takes the mind off of dwelling on the sacrifice while diminishing the temptation. The key is to eat nutritious calories, avoiding empty calories.
The approach here is to give your body what it needs. If you eat correctly, you will lose cravings, especially for sugar. Those occur because your body is lacking key nutrients. The digestive system burns processed sugar fast and creates the craving for more, like an addiction. To overcome cravings, you have to feed your body nutritionally dense food, like nuts, grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, seeds, chicken, meat, and seafood.
Once you beat the craving, it’s gone!
Eating nutrient-rich foods is the foundation of your new system. Use tactics like eating 4-6 smaller meals instead of 3 larger meals. The portions of each meal are smaller but the total calories are the same for the day. It’s the same number of calories just eating more frequently. This keeps your metabolism steady and reduces hunger. Eat a variety of multi-colored vegetables and fruits every day.
Drinking plenty of water is how you will wash the toxins and fat out of your body. When your body is dehydrated it inhibits fat loss. So be sure to drink plenty of water every day. Women should drink about nine, eight ounce glasses a day while men should drink thirteen eight ounce glasses a day. To maximize your effectiveness, try to drink one to two glasses 20-30 minutes before your meal.
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