Are you tired of the insanity and roller coaster ride of dieting, with its ups and downs and gut-wrenching twist and turns that brings you right back to the very starting place where you began? Have you thought that maybe it is just in your genes or destiny, and perhaps you should just give into it?
If these are the kind of questions you are asking yourself, you are not alone. I can tell you from personal experience and from helping my husband that while you may feel that permanent weight loss is the impossible dream, it is not.
Weight Loss Diet
To help you, I first need to ask you a few questions about your idea concerns a proper diet. Please answer the following questions honestly.
- I need to lose 20 – 200 lbs, and then I could get on with my life.
- I believe willpower is key to successful weight loss.
- I would be satisfied with 3- 5 lbs weekly weight loss. It’s a reasonable goal.
- I believe it’s best to avoid or minimize eating carbohydrates like potatoes, beans, rice, and pasta during a diet.
- If I exercise enough, I don’t really need to worry about what I eat.
- If I indulge in just one tasty treat and want to burn those calories off with exercise, I have to do a hard workout of aerobics and weightlifting just for that one treat, and therefore exercising for weight loss is just not practical for me.
- It is a good idea to weigh yourself daily or at least a couple of times a week to make sure you are on track.
- To get an initial weight loss, I must follow a strict diet, but after I lose weight, I can start eating more regularly.
- To be successful, I must stick strictly to my diet. Any indulgence will kill my effort, and I might as well forget the whole thing.
- Weight loss is all about the food and calories I take in and the exercise and energy I use daily. Other choices have nothing to do with it.
So how many did you say are true? How many do you think are false? Most people on diets today would say that most of the questions are correct, but all are false. If you maintain that any of the ideas above are right, it could well be the reason for your current failure to sustain permanent weight loss.
The very word diet has been twisted in its true meaning. Diet, in its real sense, is what you eat consistently, not something you go on temporarily. Binging is something done briefly. Somehow we have twisted these two ideas around when you go on some crazy “diet” that’s a binge.
When you “binge” by eating all the sweets you crave from your usual choices of daily food, that’s your traditional diet. We need to stop binging on these crazy weight loss plans and start developing a healthy, sustainable diet that can automatically achieve a healthy weight.
For those that may be thinking, well, it’s not so bad, I can live with my obesity… here are some facts for you.
- Diabetes has more than tripled in many parts of the world. Some studies suggest that 90% of those with type 2 diabetes are overweight. Studies have shown that losing weight can control and even prevent adult-onset diabetes.
- Heart disease and the chance of getting high blood pressure are 4x’s more likely in those overweight, according to some studies.
- One study concluded that developing hypertension in people between 20 and 70 was tripled in those who are overweight.
- Stroke increases in direct proportion to weight gain.
- In a study of 100,000 women, a direct link was found between weight gain and incidents of stroke.
- Cancer risk is greatly enhanced with obesity.
- Fat holds in toxins that can then attack otherwise healthy cells.
According to researchers at Harvard University, Obesity is a factor in over 25% of heart disease cases, with an estimated $40 billion in health care costs. 30% of all gallbladder disease is in those who are obese. 25% of all cancer cases with a value of over $5 billion are attributed to those who are overweight.
An estimated 500,000 people die every year from complications related to obesity. The bottom line.. maybe you can’t live with it.
Some Myth on weight loss diet which People don’t Know
So let’s take a look at each of the above questions to help us map out a plan for a healthy, sustainable diet that will automatically achieve a healthy weight.
Myth1: I need to lose weight.
The truth is you have lost weight countless times. Many people have lost hundreds of pounds, just to gain it all back again. What you need is to stop binging on unsustainable diet plans that only serve to make you unhealthy and mess up your body’s natural rhythms and metabolism. This means stop trying to lose weight and start learning to eat right.
Myth2: I need more willpower.
If that were true, you would have never lost weight in the past. Will power alone is never sustainable. You must develop eating habits that will be done in the good times and the bad. It will take time, effort, and perhaps some willpower to achieve, but what it takes most of all is the right plan that can bring consistent results.
Myth3: I would be satisfied with 3 – 5 lbs of weight loss a week.
This is the dream all the books on diet tips sell you on. If you want to stop the cycle of losing and gaining, you’ll need to start focusing on the things that bring a body, mind, and soul to a state of health and stop worrying about losing weight. Get a healthy balance in your life, and the weight loss will come without your thinking about it.
Myth4: Avoid Carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are the primary fuel used for energy in the human body. Eating more whole foods and less processed carbohydrates are what is needed. French fried potatoes are high in fat and low in nutrition, but a baked, boiled, or raw potato with peel is high in food and fiber, making it a great choice.
Myth5: With enough exercise,
I don’t need to worry about what I eat. Many studies have shown that you can lose weight without exercise, but use alone is not enough to lose weight. Your body is very good at adjusting to your activities.
If you eat the same as always but begin to exercise, you will lose weight in the beginning, but then your body will adjust, and you won’t lose anymore. While you can drop by changing your calories with no exercise, this, too, is doomed to failure.You will have to lower your calories to an unsustainable amount, and when you start eating more, your metabolism will have slowed, and you will gain weight. To be healthy, including having a healthy weight, you must learn to eat right and exercise right.
Myth6: It takes so much exercise
to burn just a few hundred calories.. the amount in a tiny piece of cheesecake, so it is just not practical for me to use yoga for losing weight. You don’t exercise for the calories burned while applying. You exercise because it increases metabolism, oxygen, muscle, and all bodily functions improve, which will produce sustainable weight loss results.
Myth7: I should weigh every day to be sure I’m getting results
As long as you’re focused on weight instead of learning to eat and exercise right, you are likely to fail. Your body will go through many changes as you begin walking the path to balanced health. This will cause the scale to go up and down. But if you are doing the right things, you will get the right results. While you don’t need to look at the scale at all, if you must, don’t look at it more the two times monthly.
Myth8: Follow a strict diet to lose weight and then resume a healthy diet
This will fail every time. The only way to achieve permanent weight loss is with a solid diet plan.
Diet tips myth 9: Successful weight loss requires strict adherence. Overeating is like any addiction. You are likely to have some relapses along the way. The key is to cut them short and don’t let them go on and on. Don’t beat yourself up; just realize this is part of the journey.
Myth9: Only my food choices and exercise determines my weight;
Other decisions do not affect my weight. Health is achieved through a complete balance with body, mind, and spirit. If you have a lot of stress in your life, or if you have low self-esteem, if you don’t pay attention to spiritual needs or you don’t take time to meditate and give your mind a break, or any other choices that keep you from being your authentic self it will affect many parts of your life, including weight.
In the food list section of this site, we talk about several foods that can raise metabolism, slow the absorption of carbohydrates so that they are more likely used for fuel rather than stored as fat. In the meditation section, we teach you how to quiet the mind and do deep breathing.
10 Weight Loss Diet Tips
These can help you with weight loss. We will be adding pages in the coming weeks on specific areas from specific exercises to daily meal plans, but until then, let us get started with these simple ideas.
- Diet tips 1: Upon waking, sit on the side of your bed and do 5 minutes of deep breathing. Sit with your back straight. Begin by breathing in saying, “I am alive”, then breathe out saying, “Thank you”. Do this 3x’s. Then for the remaining 5 minutes, just breathe in on the count of 4, hold 4, breath out on the count of 8.
- Diet tips 2: When finished, drink a glass of water. Cold, if possible. Your body has to raise metabolism to maintain body temperature if the water is cold.
- Diet tips 3: Do five minutes of stretching to get your blood moving, carrying oxygen and nutrition throughout the body.
- Diet tips 4: Eat a healthy breakfast.
- Diet tips 5: Eat 4 – 5 times a day.
- Diet tips 6: Keep a diary of all the food you eat.
- Diet tips 7: Walk briskly for 30 minutes 4 – 7 days a week. 2-3x’s a week do resistance training like push-ups, leg dips, and setups. For push-ups, you can do on your knees.
- Diet tips 8: Become active with a spiritual practice of your choice.
- Diet tips 9: Eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts and seeds, and less processed foods, fast foods, and junk foods.
- Diet tips 10: Spend at least 10 minutes a day meditating and imagine yourself at the weight you want, with all the energy you wish to and the health you want. Try not only to see it in your mind’s eye but try to feel it, experience it. Imagine what your life will be like.