Did you know that dieting will NOT work? In fact, going on a diet will do nothing more than sabotage your efforts to lose weight and fit into your bathing suit. And the sad fact is that the yo-yo effect of losing weight and gaining it back is more detrimental to your health than just carrying 10 extra pounds.
So before you jump on the bandwagon for the newest diet fad or start cutting an insane number of calories from your daily diet, let’s get mentally ready to make permanent changes to some of your lifestyle choices which will eventually lead you to the weight loss you want to achieve.
The first mindset that you must face is that you gain weight over a long period of time and it will take a long period of time to take it off. There is no permanent fast weight loss, but there can be easy weight loss when you have patience with yourself and the changes you need to make in order to lose the weight.
And the second, and most important mindset, is that you are not going to go on a diet. The word ‘diet’ shouldn’t even be in your vocabulary. Instead, you are going to make permanent life changes that will lead to a healthy lifestyle and permanent weight loss. When you face the fact that you can’t reduce your calories for 2 weeks and then go back to eating the way that you used to and expect the weight to drop off, you’ll be well on your way to achieving the weight loss results you want.
In preparation for your new habits you must decide what type of eating style works best for you and the way you live. Any nutritional program must supply your body with the necessary nutrients to sustain your life, as well as reduce your glycemic load, reduce your insulin resistance, help your body to burn fat naturally for fuel and give you the energy you need to do all things you want to do each and every day.
Your body is exactly what you eat. So, a fad diet of nothing but cabbage or bananas won’t help your body resist disease or illness. Instead this type of eating habits will only create problems for you in the long run.
Next, you’ll need to recognize that there will be some things that you’ll have to cut completely from your life and others that you’ll only be able to eat occasionally. People who eat lots of fruits and vegetables don’t usually struggle with their weight. Instead, you’ll have to start learning to cut out the bread, butter, gravies, fried foods and refined sugar desserts.
While you are getting ready to start a new nutritional plan it’s helpful to remember that as you peel away the pounds you’ll also start to have more energy, fit into your clothes better and just feel better every day. Extra weight will affect your mood, and taking it off will have a positive affect.
Start thinking about what you’ll do to get and stay motivated. Motivation will be a big part of a program while you are making permanent changes to your life. Find a friend or relative who will help you over the rough patches and keep you moving forward. Find a group of friends who can meet with you once a month to offer support and to whom you can turn during the rest of the month when the chocolate cake in the freeze just won’t stop calling your name.
And last, set a realistic goal of weight that you can lose in a realistic time frame. Don’t think that you’ll lose 20 pounds in 2 weeks and then “fall off the wagon” when you lose 2 pounds. Instead, get a good grasp of how well you can change your habits, how quickly you can do that based on previous experiences and resolve not to get so discouraged that you just stop trying.
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