Written by Jennie on January 5, 2015.
Have you being yo-yoing with your weight? Going on a diet, losing weight, then putting it all back on again and so-on. How long may I ask do you wish to keep doing this? Diets in the long run simply don’t work. More than likely though you will give-up before you reach your goal because you’re hungry, frustrated and/or bored with your food choices and/or feel deprived. And even you succeed in reaching your goal, do you know what to eat afterwards? Or will you more-or-less go back to your old eating habits—the very same ones that lead to you piling on the pounds in the first place? Then what? Diet again? How long are you willing to keep yo-yoing with your weight like this?
Albert Einstein defined insanity as: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
Dieting, losing weight, going back to old habits, put weight back on, dieting again is a form of madness and makes you unhappy too. It’s time to adopt a new, healthier approach to food and your body as well as making some changes to what and how you eat. This new way ensures you’re never hungry, for being hungry is counter-productive for weight loss. Instead eating delicious, fresh food without a set regime—means you can choose what you wish to eat: not what someone else tells you have to eat. It also allows for you to enjoy a little of all the foods you have probably eaten over the Christmas period without it sending you into melt-down.
Time to do things differently—without dieting
Your body is utterly incredible. It’s always trying to rebalance, repair itself and return to optimum health. It doesn’t choose to carry masses of excess weight. With just a few changes to what and when you eat, your body and can and can reach and stay at a healthy weight—without dieting. But you need to learn more about your body, how it works and more about food and what these foods do for your body, so you can make healthy, wise food choices that will work with your body – not against it. This is covered in my EatWell.BeWell programs, but if you follow these 3 simple steps, you will begin to lose weight quickly and easily.
Step 1. Radically increase the amount and variety of fresh, unprocessed (e.g. not tinned or packaged) coloured vegetables that you eat. Most non-vegetarians will eat a main meal with their plate roughly be divided into thirds: one third meat or fish; one third with starchy foods like potatoes, rice or pasta, and the final third (if that) with coloured vegetables. The new way is to ensure that at least half of your plate is filled with coloured vegetables that less than a 1/4 is starch and your meat or fish is roughly the same or again slightly less than before. Using this visual guide already puts you on the right track. The additional vegetables will give you a nutritional boost, they are filling and the fibre increases the effectiveness of your digestive tract (a sluggish digestion system increases your risk of weight gain) whilst at the same time reduces the calorific value of your food without you needing to count calories—which I never recommend you do!.
Step 2. Drastically cut back on sugar. You’ve been conned into believing that fat was the enemy in weight gain, whereas sugar (and all foods that the body quickly converts into sugars such as white flour, white rice and potatoes) is far more likely to increase your weight gain. The vast majority of foods labelled “Low Fat” have high levels of sugar which is highly addictive and it is insidiously added to vast numbers of processed foods. My in-depth article“Are You Addicted To Sugar” (on my Red Dandelion website) will help you understand why avoiding sugar is an important part of healthy weight loss.
Step 3. Become a detective! For all packaged foods, read the ingredients list. When you read chemical names that you don’t know what they are – put the food back on the shelf because 99% of the time that chemical is not good for your body’s digestive system.
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