Think about it! If diets worked, we’d ALL be skinny, right? How many diets have you tried?
Every day there seems to be a new fad diet out there. Statistics show that about 95% of people who lose weight on a diet will regain it in 1-5 years and usually tack on more weight than they started with.
Dieting is more or less a “temporary food plan” and by definition, “to restrict oneself to small amounts or special kinds of food in order to lose weight”. Therefore it most likely won’t be sustainable for the long run. Dieting can cause deprivation causing one to overeat or end up on a diet-binge cycle. Overly restrictive diets result in slowing down the metabolism, which makes it even harder to lose weight. Ever notice when people go on a diet, they gain back even more weight than before? That’s because their metabolism has slowed down so immensely that the body is working even harder to metabolize and burn calories.
When we put ourselves on diets we become depleted of essential nutrients. These are crucial for our organs in turn affecting our body’s ability to function properly and metabolize foods well. Once the diet is over most people return to their normal or unhealthy eating patterns and gain the weight right back. This leads to what most of us know as “yo-yo dieting,” which can bring on its own health problems.
No one diet is the same for everyone. Every person’s genetic makeup requires different regimes.
Who’s ever happy on a diet?
Diets often cause cravings and cravings are those little messages from our body saying that we need to be refueled with those lost essential nutrients. When I say “essential nutrients” I don’t mean just from food but I mean from “PLEASURE” as well.
The key to having a healthier body and losing weight is to ENJOY the food you are eating all while being mindful as to what you are eating. Who’s ever happy on a diet? Learn what foods agree with you and eat from what nature has to offer. That’s the best “diet” you can have.
Often times we are plagued with so many symptoms such as digestive disorders, headaches, fatigue and even weight gain. That is simply our body giving us cues as to what we need to change. Any foods we might ingest that are slightly toxic to our system will cause weight gain. For example, we are hearing of the many people allergic or intolerant to gluten, lactose, soy and many other foods. When we ingest these foods they can cause harmful effects to our body and one of them is weight gain. It’s important to listen to your body to know what is good for it and what is not. Can you think of anything right now that might bother you when you eat it? If so, don’t eat it.
The second key to any weight loss efforts is to crowd out the bad foods. There are so many low-fat, no-fat, low-sugar foods being advertised and sold in our supermarkets. However, they are just filled with chemicals such as artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup and MSG. Those are just a few. What we are eating then is not food but mostly chemicals. These chemicals in our food cause the nutritional value to go down and therefore increase cravings. They also can cause an imbalance in the gut causing us to have lower immune systems.
What Do You Crave?
- If you are craving meat, your body might need iron.
- If you are craving “unhealthy junk” foods, you might simply be craving love or pleasure in your life.
- Fruit – our blood sugar could be low or in hot weather we might need to cool our bodies down.
- Greens – our body is looking to cleanse, looking for some clean food to detoxify itself.
- Dairy – can be considered a comfort food – perhaps lacking comfort or pleasure.
- Salt – mineral deficiency which can be combatted by using mineral rich sea salt.
- Sugar – your emotions can be down. Are you bored, sad, anxious or lacking love?
The key here is to not only listen to your body but to also make this a lifestyle plan, not a diet plan. Crowd out the bad and harmful foods from your kitchen and fill them up with fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, unrefined grains and healthy unprocessed proteins such as fish, lean meats and legumes to name a few.
Lastly, make it fun and fill your days with love and comfort. Your weight loss plan will be sure to be a success!