Wondering why you started out with high hopes to lose weight and wind up with a big flop? If you’ve been giving up on losing weight, or even gaining weight on your diet—you need this!
These are three reasons why your diets may have been backfiring. Take these seriously, implement them, and they have no choice but to get you to just the right weight without ever dieting again or even sacrificing the foods you love.
I Need To Lose Weight
1. Fad Diets Don’t Work
All of us has have felt the excitement of getting out of the starting gate with a fad diet! We read about it, or saw how excited a friend was about the latest fad diet, and off we went with the highest hopes and expectations.
The only two fad diets I can think of that has really stood their ground are the South Beach Diet and The Atkins Diet. In fact physicians and nutritionist are now recommending these diets to a lot of patients.
But think about all of the fad diets that you’ve read about, or tried. Where are they now? Gone and forgotten.
That’s because fad actually means temporary. They come and they go, and if you’re not careful your health can go with them.
Instead of giving up on losing weight (and improving your health) it’s better to start thinking about habits and lifestyle changes that will make your eating habits and exercise program a permanent part of your life.
2. Calories Are A Must
Cutting too many calories out of your diet will send your body into a mode that keeps you from losing weight.
It’s real simple when you think about it. Your brain sees that you are not eating what you have been, and it gets over anxious. It starts to protect your body and won’t release the weight you’re trying to lose.
A calorie is a way to measure what you eat that will be turned into the energy you need to live and survive. When you cut this back too far, your body starts preserving everything it can, to preserve energy.
A better method of cutting calories is to decide what weight you want to maintain, locate the amount of calories it takes to do that, and include that many calories in your daily diet. And start exercising and building up muscle mass to replace the fat.
Do not be concerned if you are following this plan and gain weight at first. Use these tips to help you stick to a diet through thick and thin.
Just keep on keeping on, because the muscle will weigh more than the accumulated fat you are losing.
3. Don’t Skip Meals
This is so important because if you start skipping meals, your body once again thinks you are starving, and will outlast you on your dieting plans.
It may be difficult for you to learn new methods to eat meals, but it’s a lifestyle change that will pay off.
Instead of eating 2 or 3 meals a day—change that to eating several times every day. Rather than 3 meals a day, learn to eat eat the same amount divided into 6 different meals.
These very small meals will give your energy a boost, while shrinking your stomach at the same time.
Stop thinking of these as snacks. Snacking is what gets us into trouble to start with. Instead, eat the same high quality foods several times a day. Try seeing your portions for each meal as divided up into 2 or 3 different meals.
These methods work because instead of starving yourself, you give your body enough time to use up what you fed it the last time you ate. When you do this you keep your blood sugar from spiking and collapsing, and this helps you lose weight, stay energized, and stay healthy.
Dieting and not losing weight is an emotional and mental drain that will cause you to see yourself as a failure. Stop dieting and include these methods in your lifestyle.