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Many diets fail because dieters make too many drastic changes too quickly, then decide they can’t live with the new program. Remember, these are sustained changes, not quick fixes. Feel free to ease into a healthier lifestyle so that it will last a lifetime. We all know that maintaining a healthy weight is crucial to good overall health. Why, then, is it so hard to lose the extra pounds we pack on? (After all, gaining them is easy enough!)
Personal responsibility plays a part, but you might be surprised by some of the everyday factors that can sabotage your weight loss efforts.
* Finding the right diet can be tricky.
While the Medical & Heart Associations recommend a diet low in fat, many dieters find themselves missing the natural satiety that fats bring. Carbohydrates are another controversial issue having its own team of well-wishers and critics. Some dieters find that consuming a high amount of carbohydrates only makes them crave more. On the other hand, low-carb diets can leave some people feeling lethargic and even depressed.
The bottom line is this: Expending more calories than you consume will result in weight loss, regardless of which food groups you take those calories from. However, for optimal health, you should choose a balanced diet that you can comfortably live with for the rest of your life.
* The media sends mixed messages about diet and health.
Health magazines are notorious for running stories about the latest trend in quick weight loss, just opposite a mouth-watering photo of a cake or desert. What message are they trying to send? Lets Google the keywords “ Healthy Diet chart” ! You can have information’s from nutritional facts to diet plans. End of it; you have been confused by the sheer number of results and studies, many of which seem to come to contradictory conclusions?
The best policy is to turn a deaf ear to the fads and sensationalism, and trust the advice you receive from trusted experts.
* The food industry sets you up to fail.
With so many of us leading busy lifestyles, it’s no wonder we sometimes dine out for convenience. I have clients who want to eat in Salad bars or Sandwich chains. The bad news is these food chains and restaurants are dangerous territory for dieters. Most fast foods are high in fat and sodium while being relatively devoid of real nutrients. This results in lots of empty calories that leave our bodies malnourished even as our weight and blood pressure rise. The unfortunate truth is that fats and sugars have a real impact on the chemistry of the human brain. These “comfort foods” can quickly become addictive. Add flavor-enhancers like MSG to the mix, along with the largest portion sizes in human history, and you have a recipe for dietary disaster.
The solution is to cook your own meals from whole foods, consuming as little processed food as possible. If you must eat out, choose smaller portion sizes.
* Well-meaning family and friends can do more harm than good.
Our loved ones mean well, but they do us no favors when they insist we have “just one more bite”. They hate to see us feeling deprived, so they enable us when we have the urge to eat unhealthy foods. Or they help us rationalize our poor choices by pointing out that we “deserve” a little treat; that “just this once won’t hurt”.
The best approach is to have an earnest talk with your loved ones. Let them know that you appreciate their concern, but that you need their support far more than you need a second helping of pie.
Schedule occasional “cheat days”, such as special occasions like birthdays, when you will permit yourself a little indulgence. That way, your family and friends will know when to offer you treats, and when to keep silent.
* Making and breaking habits is hard work.
Finally, it takes time and effort to get into healthier habits. When you first start your weight loss journey, it might feel like an uphill battle as you contend with years of unhealthy behavior. Start by making small changes. Over time, you will get used to these changes and be able to make more without jeopardizing your weight loss effort.
You can achieve amazing weight loss results while outsmarting your body and still be energetic , happy and vibrant. Your Body IS Your Business!