Jun 13 2019
Think about your diet for a moment. Are strict regimen diets going to work when you're so accustomed to eating what you want when you want? Do you have time and money to plan meals that require many ingredients that you've never even heard of? If not, then you probably won't last long on many diet plans. When you determine that it's time to lose weight, use the foods you already eat to your advantage - even the fattening ones. Don't cut them out altogether, just eat smarter!
I am embarrassed to admit how many different commercial weight loss programs I've tried. I'm sure you'll nod in agreement when I tell you I've grown tired of talking heads touting empty promises. None of them helped me look the way I think I should and most of them left me agonizing over eating the same boring foods over and over. If you've been in the game for awhile, you already know the basics of exercise: train with resistance and train with cardio. When it comes to food though, what's a body to do?
If you've been frustrated by commercial dieting take heart: In this article you'll find a few not-so-commercial shape up tidbits. Ones that they don't always tell you. Ones that I've found really work. So whether you need to lose a few pounds left over from winter or are looking for a healthy lifestyle change and are tired of the same-old routines, these four alternative weight loss solutions will help get you started.
Solution #1: Use Creative Visualization
Stimulating the mind to help your body achieve a desired result is a great way to bring about change. "Seeing" yourself thinner and imposing the mind with positive thoughts is one of the most successful ways to decrease your body size and improve body image. Known often as guided imagery, it works by training your mind to stimulate changes in your body. This can be accomplished by using some of my favorite tools:
Writing Affirmations: Using affirmations will train you mind by stating or affirming your intentions. It will retrain your thinking toward positive thoughts. When I use affirmations, I like to use positive statements such as these: My Body Is Beautiful! I Love My Body! To increase their effectiveness, I write these messages to myself on an index card or piece of paper and carry them with me. I review them several times throughout the day.
Books: One of my favorite positive affirmation books is Love Your Body! By Louise L. Hay available from www.hayhouse.com. Inside this book, Louise has created affirmations for you . If you read through them each day you are sure to reap the rewards of loving your body.
Why is it so hard to lose weight and keep it off? We have all heard that weight loss is just a matter of taking in less calories than we expend. That certainly sounds very logical, but is it really that simple?
For example, I had an intention of only eating fruits and vegetables for a day or two, to counteract the recent 'junk' food I had been enjoying. This was a solid plan that practically guaranteed a decrease in caloric intake. However, a solid plan doesn't always mean an easy execution.
I figured I would be relatively safe making a trip to the health food store. So my guard against high fat foods was down. When I got to the store, my sensibilities were assailed by a well meaning clerk hawking some freshly made corned beef and cabbage. I could hardly resist the temptation. And that wasn't the end of it. Once my armour was breached, the temptation of tasty, 'health oriented' cookie samples fought for my attention.
Once again, I capitulated. My normally strong will power seemed to crumble. And once weakened, it seemed reasonable to just continue. It's like that first drink for the recovering alcoholic.
I am by no means overweight, but once in a while my diet gets out of hand and the fat around my midsection gets a little more sizable than I am comfortable with. Usually, times like these are a great opportunity to get a little detoxification in, so I like to focus on fruits and vegetables for a day or two.
This has the dual effect of decreasing my caloric intake. I was also sticking with the simple plan mentioned above. So where did things go wrong? Did I not have enough discipline? Did I lack willpower, or was it something else?
In retrospect, the problem appears to be a lack of preparation. I failed to use the power of why. Let me explain. When the chips were down, I didn't seem to have enough reason to maintain discipline. Maybe you have had a similar experience? I rationalized with, "oh, a little won't hurt me". The truth is, once you start down that road, it can be hard to turn back.
What would the right preparation be in that case? What is this power of why that I am talking about? A great way to fortify will power with any strategy is to actually write out the reasons why sticking to your plan or achieving your goal is important. It is kind of like stockpiling ammunition. The weaponry, in this case, appears in the form of a list.
With a long list of reasons supporting the plan or the goal, I would have had a lot more reserves to draw on when my front line defenses were being stressed. When the well meaning clerk was pouncing, I should have had a ready list of whys to fall back on. As the clerk was just being nice and sounding really sensible, plus it was a free sample after all, my mind should have responded with my ready made list of why I should not vary from my plan.
Solution #2 Try An Herbal Wrap
If you need to lose a few extra pounds, you may want to try an herbal wrap. Herbal wraps help the body lose water and inches. You can get a wrap from your favorite salon, however, they tend to be expensive. It's just as easy to give yourself a spa treatment at home. Herbal wrap products are everywhere. If you'd like to get a wrap but prefer the privacy of your own home. check out www.slenderwrap.com
Some of the benefits of herbal wraps include:
- Weight loss
- Water loss
- Decreased inches
- Smoothness of tissue
Solution #3 Stop When You Are Full
In her book Appetites, Geneen Roth gives us a simple outline to manage portion control. Her two major mantras are: take time to eat and stop when you are full. These are both shape-shifting ideas. To some people, including myself, food is a friend. Therefore the tendency to overeat stems out of emotion: food provides comfort and security. Others are in a hurry. Food and the need to eat are just obstacles that get in the way.
In effort to break free from these unhealthy behaviors, ask yourself several questions:
Am I enjoying what I am eating? Do I eat standing up or on the run? Do I continue to eat even after I know I am full? Next, begin to carve out time to eat and enjoy food with friends or family. Or to take time to enjoy a nourishing meal even if you are alone. Eat to the point of being full, then stop. Most of the time, weight loss can be easily stimulated through portion control.
Solution #4 Keep A Food Journal
In addition to the aforementioned, it may be wise for you to keep a food journal. By tracking what you eat every day, you hold yourself accountable for everything you place in your mouth. it's simple to start. Record everything you eat for a week and document your weight.
At the end of the week take inventory of yourself. have you gained weight? Lost? Remained the same? If you are gaining weight, simply cut back on your refined sugars (sweets) and heavy carbs like white rice or white potatoes. For these, substitute brown rice or sweet potatoes instead. Track your habits for a second week.
When you've reached the point in your eating program where your weight remains the same, you will need only consume a few less calories (Or burn a few extra during exercise) each week to lose weight. Keep in mind: in order to lose weight, your body needs to burn more calories than it consumes. Remember: First find you melting point, then adjust your portion control and exercise program accordingly.
In Conclusion: With just a few adjustments and an enjoyment of food by recognizing its beauty for nourishing your body and a conscious change in body image awareness, you can shift your focus from frustration to enjoyment. Give these alternatives to weight loss a try. Your health and your waist line will thank you for it.
Try eating your favorite items in smaller portions along with a new tasty food that's healthy. For example, if your favorite meal is two cheeseburgers with fried potatoes, turn this into a healthier meal by eating only one cheeseburger, boil a potato for 45 minutes (tastes great with ketchup), and add a couple of vegetables such as green beans and corn to your meal.
You're actually getting more foods and adding good nutrition, but eating smaller portions of the fattening ones. The potatoes taste just as good boiled as they do fried but are much healthier!
Add Protein-Rich Foods or Protein Shakes to Your Diet
Another way to achieve healthy weight loss is to add protein-rich foods to your diet or drink protein shakes as snacks or replacement meals. There are even special diets and companies where you can get protein shakes customized for your body's nutritional needs. Examples include the La Bamba diet, Shapeworks, Herbalife products, and so forth. With La Bamba Herbalife diets, you will use protein to get off extra pounds quickly. With other protein diets, you can drink protein shakes and take protein supplements for long-term dieting. It depends on your particular weight loss needs.
Protein helps your body to burn the calories you eat throughout the day so your body does not continuously store fat in unwanted areas. Protein also helps build and preserve lean muscle mass.
Drink Plenty of Water If you trying lose weight
Water is essential to a long term weight loss plan. Water hydrates the body and organs. It gives you energy and helps you to fill full throughout the day. Water also helps your skin and cells. No matter what type of diet you choose, be sure to drink around six to eight glasses of water per day.
The benefits of healthy weight loss are many: lower blood pressure, better figure, more energy, healthier heart and organs, less stress on bones, joints, and muscles, and less mental stress.
So you've decided that you're going to do it.
You're sick and tired of being sick and tired and are once and for all
hell bent on losing weight.
Well, let me be the first to warn you of a very grim fact:
Millions have tried before you and most of them have
failed miserably at reaching their weight loss and diet
Therefore, I've put together a little beginner's guide to
help make sure that you are one of the few that actually ends
up being successful at this.
1. Get an accurate picture of where you are now
Many people just go and hop on a diet or weight loss program without
knowing exactly where they are from the start. This is dangerous
because along the way there WILL be numerous times where you will be tempted
to simply quit altogether. Without knowing where you started, you won't
be able to accurately gauge your progress. Not being able too see that
progress put you at an extremely high risk of quitting down the road when
the going gets tough.
2. Set specific, realistic goals for your weight loss, and WRITE THEM DOWN.
This is one of the most ill-executed steps in the entire process of losing
weight. Most people will passively quote some random amount of weight that
they "hope" to lose.
- "I need to lose 30 lbs."
- "I'm trying to get back down to a size X"
- "If I can just fit back into Y, I'll be fine"
*Note: As with any diet plan, consult with a physician to be sure there are no health risks when trying a new diet. If you have health conditions that would prevent you from eating certain foods, then find a diet that will be safe for you.
Use the tips above to take back control of your weight and live life to the fullest!
This article is for information purposes only. It is not meant to advise on diet or weight loss or on any health matters. If you have or think you have a health issue, including weight or diet issues, consult your primary care physician for proper diagnoses and treatment.