It’s perhaps a bold and even a disheartening thing to say – but the sad fact is that it is simply true.
But, it’s not your fault. Most people who try all the gimmick tips eventually fall off the wagon and return to their unhealthy eating habits.
Developing new habits that are alien to your lifestyle takes time and is not something you cannot develop overnight.
As Chris said in his article, “The Food Addict’s Guide to Losing Weight (And Keeping It Off”:
Popular culture teaches us is takes 21 days to create a new habit, but studies do not back that up. When University College London psychologist Phillippa Lally studied groups of people trying to form new habits like jogging or eating apples regularly, she found the average time it actually took was 66 days on average, and in some cases, up to 245 days.
When it comes to adapting new eating habits, you need to maintain your motivation. You also need to be patient.
You have to be psychologically prepared to make these changes and follow through with the understanding that weight loss will take time.
Most people are by nature “Food Addicts” because they love those foods which contribute to unhealthy eating habits.
In their article, “The 3 Biggest Reasons Why Diets Don’t Work”
“The No. 1 reason why diets don’t work is because they are not sustainable for the long term,” says nutrition and food scientist Danielle Starin, director of nutrition for the Nutritionix nutrition database
There’s nothing wrong with an occasional cheat day. In fact, we encourage it because healthy eating is about moderation.
STAY OFF THE WEIGH SCALE!
Many people like to jump on the scale each morning hoping to see some minor weight loss to motivate them.
It’s a simple fact a person’s weight is going to fluctuate both up and down. And, if you are losing weight too rapidly then you’re likely doing something very unhealthy to your body.
A proper weight loss plan sees weight loss as a gradually thing. Losing a pound per week should be an ideal goal because it’s not extreme. If you lose 2 or 3 pounds then great.
It’s a good idea to get mentally prepared before you begin and implement your plan. Consider all the reasons why you want to lose weight. It should be more than just your physical appearance.
You want to focus more on being healthy than just looking good. Obesity has a multitude of negative health effects such as high blood pressure, hypertension, heart attacks, diabetes, organ stress, joint stress and many negative health affects.
You want to focus on a having long and healthy life where you can enjoy life to its fullest.
So, forget about the latest diet fad.
Most of them are unhealthy because they are simply too radical. You could be missing out on very crucial nutrients that your body needs. This even includes small amounts of carbs and fats.
There are multiple better ways that can make a bunch of small gradual changes to what you eat. And, this also includes what you drink.
All of these small changes will affect how many calories you consume. As you reduce your caloric intake, your metabolism will begin to burn off the fat it stored.
The pounds will melt off. You will have more energy and be inclined to more physically active.
Learn to eat healthy. Some foods you should eliminate altogether such as processed foods. Greatly reduce your intake of processed white sugar which many doctors refer to as “white death.”
A support system such as family, friends or talking online with people who share your needs and interests can go a long way in giving you the support when things get tough or you’re feeling down.
Physical activity also helps kick off the body’s metabolism. You don’t have to join a gym or start trying to run marathons.
Walk around the block a couple or 3 times before you shower and eat breakfast. Take a walk after you eat lunch.
Park further away from where you work. Your energy levels will increase, you will sleep better and the pounds will burn off faster.
And, like I said previously – there is nothing wrong with an occasional cheat day either. You can still enjoy all the foods you love. But use them as a reward for your good behavior.
One system that I recommend you look at that helps people eat healthier is “Alkalete by Yoli”. This system teaches how acidic based foods negatively affect the body. You will gain a greater insight of why different types of foods are bad for the body.
Give it a look.
LOSE WEIGHT BY LEARNING TO EAT HEALTHY!