How To Stay On A Diet
We are emotionally driven beings. Emotions are the main reasons we do anything at all. The desire to feel “happy” is why we get out of bed each morning. At the same time, emotions can keep you in bed, because you’re “feeling” depressed. Feelings and emotions… So, we can safely say that your “feelings” are making/keeping you overweight more than likely. First thing we need to do is recognize that our feelings make too many decisions for us, including what we eat and second to unpack the emotional baggage, re-organize our thoughts, and throw the bad stuff away. Better yet, separate our emotions from our actions all together. Example: You know that eating that bowl of ice cream at 9 o’clock at night is bad, but you’ve had a bad day and you “feel”.
Why do people fail on low carbohydrate diet plans?!? Keep in mind your nutrition is 90% to your fitness success! So many times I have witnessed people choose quick fix plans that eliminate carbohydrates from their plan or invest in fat burners, appetite suppressants or nutritional plans that focus on drinking their meals. This is very interesting to watch because yes the desire to succeed is so high and once the goal is achieved then WATCH out! Have you ever watched a shark during a feeding frenzy? It is quite impressive to watch how fast they can consume that much food in such a short amount of time! Does this sound familiar? Watch people on low carbohydrate diets fall off the wagon with the first taste of sweets, people at restaurant buffets, holiday dinners, and special occasions that provide indulging temptations. How do we avoid these mess ups and how do we recover from these bad situations? Here are some tips that I provide my clients with to recognize triggering temptations and how to get back on track.
Protein at breakfast. It is very important to start your day with protein and complex carbohydrates. If you calculate the amount of hours from your last meal to breakfast this amounts to at least 8+ hours without any food source. Skipping breakfast will sink you into an fasted state which will cause major cravings later in the day and most importantly a lack of energy causing you to grab that sugar food for fast energy.
Skipping too many hours between meals. To keep our metabolism at its fullest fat burning potential it is critical to eat on a regular schedule of every 3-4 hours. When we skip to many hours in between meals our body looks for an quick energy source, sugar. This sends our blood sugar on a roller coaster to temptation heaven.
Fail to plan then plan to fail. Failing to plan out your meals in advance is like operating your computer without McAfee protection. You are setting yourself up for failure and temptations of major marketing campaigns. These campaigns are trying to get you to fail when you are vulnerable. Write and prepare your meals in advance and carry them with you in cooler if needed to keep you bullet proof.
Fix the tire. If you fall off the bike get back up and try again. If you get a flat tire then fix it. Commonly I see so many people slip up on one meal and totally give up and blow the whole day with bad meals. It is okay, just start over with the next meal.
Every day is a new day. What happened yesterday is the past. You can not change the past so there is no need to vent about having that bad meal or falling off track. Each day is a new day by bettering yourself with healthy food and exercise. Try to picture each meal and workout laying the foundation of your future health. Be good to your body because where are you going live when you wear your body out from making unhealthy choices?
It really takes a lot of time and energy to adopt to a new diet plan and to stick with it. There is no reason to give up…accountability and mindfulness about what you eat and how you eat it are the key. But if you seriously desire to lose weight, enrolling yourself in a weight loss program with the right support and a good plan will definitely be helpful.
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