We live in a funny society. We treasure slim, thin, skinny and we dole out mountains of processed snack, junk and fast foods. We sit around and watch television instead of getting up and walking to the park or grocery store.
In our society, it seems like it is a constant obsession to try to get fit yet all the time reverting back to the food and entertainment forms that are so prevalent. Every single family get together, every holiday, every celebration is centered on food and drink. Most of the time gluttonous food and drink!
So, when we start to become unhappy with the way we look (no one associates their illness or sluggishness with food) we start cutting calories. Every New Year the diet industry pulls out all the advertising plugs, because every New Year we resolve to lose all the weight we put on the years before. Diet pills, replacement shakes, artificial sweeteners, surgeries, magazines and fad diets. The problem is, these things all make our problem worse. We may lose weight quickly at first but we lose muscle at the same time and then gain back all fat, which is not so good.
Then we are minus the muscle and plus more fat.
If you want to lose weight and keep it off, look to people who have successfully done it. You will notice that they did not use diet pills, meal replacement shakes or fad diets. They've done through developing a healthier lifestyle, cutting out processed and sugary foods, exercising, reducing stress and focusing more on health and wellbeing, and also by making very simple, yet effective changes everyday to improve health.
14 Proven ways to lose weight for good:
1. Eat a healthy, balance breakfast
2. Eat all day long (snacking in-between on the right foods is ok, nuts juice, vegetables)
3. Drink more water
4. Eat at home - that way you know what's gone into the food you're eating
5. Eat whole foods
6. Reduce stress
7. Get a good night's sleep
8. Get moving
9. Keep a journal
10. Eat some good, high quality protein
11. Take a vitamin supplement (vitamins B and D, Omega oils)
12. Eat more vegetables
13. Give up the "c"'s as much as possible
14. Do a kitchen makeover and get the unhealthy foods that tempt you out of your house.
What do you think of skipping the fad diets? Throw away the diet pills! (You can throw away your sleeping pills at the same time! 2 for 1!) Start eating healthy!
If you want to lose weight, eat more green vegetables and less simple carbohydrates. Give up the "C"'s - cakes, cookies, candy and chips! Once those are out of your house and your life you WILL lose weight. There are alternatives you can have if and when you get a sweet craving like having a piece of fruit or making your own healthy snacks (check my blog for healthier recipe options).
This is what you eat!
• Fruits and vegetables
• Whole grains
• Small amounts of high quality protein
• Small amounts of healthy fat (coconut oil, avocado)
Quit going to McDonalds and Burger King and then come back and leave a comment (will probably take 24 hours) about how good you feel!
Peace and fabulous health!