Why diets don’t work (and what to do instead)

You count calories, you skip meals, you work out like crazy, yet the pointer on the scale is not moving. That’s because dieting, calorie restriction and depravation is actually counterproductive!

 

Diets don’t work because:

 

  • They are not sustainable

You know that – you’ve started a new “IT” diet, and then you get an invite to a dinner party. Do you go? Do you not go? If you go – are you just going to eat a salad or overindulge?

Diets can be alienating, stressful, depressing, and restrictive.

 

  • Not Bio-individual

Diet gurus usually come up with “one size fits all” recommendations. They forget the basics – wee are all different, yet diets don’t take lifestyle and individuality into consideration. It will never be possible for everyone to thrive on the same diet.

                 

  • High Cost

It always makes me wonder that going on a diet often means spending more money on what you eat. Isn’t it ironic that you have to pay more to eat less?? Special diets often require expensive specialty foods or prepared meals.

 

This summer do yourself a favour and say “NO” to dieting, calorie counting and restriction.

Let’s look at other ways to shift LBS and feel satisfied.

 

  • Find love.

Primary food trumps secondary food. People often reach for food to fulfill other nourishment lacking from their lives.

 

  • Drink water.

We often mistake dehydration for hunger. Drink a glass of water and wait a few minutes. Then reassess your hunger.

 

  • Eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and dense, whole grains.

These foods provide healthy fiber and usable energy to keep you feeling full and energized longer.

 

  • Eat good fats.

Healthy fats keep you satisfied and have a host of digestive and health benefits.

 

  • Eat mindfully.

Turn off the TV and other distractions, appreciate your food, and pay attention to what you’re eating to feel full and satisfied after you eat.

 

  • Share meals with others.

It makes mealtime more fun and meaningful.

 

  • Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Skipping meals affects your mood and blood sugar levels, and lends to overeating when you become too hungry.

 

  • Use smaller dishware.

People tend to eat more when their plate or bowl holds more food. It takes less food to create a plateful using a smaller dish.

 

  • Chew well.

Put your fork down between bites and slow down. Chewing well aids digestion and slowing down gives your brain time to register you’re full before you overeat.

 

  • Cook more.

Cooking at home saves money and allows you to control the quality of ingredients and the amounts of fat, salt, and sugar used. Plus it will be made with love.

 

  • Get moving.

Any type of exercise will rev up your metabolism, aid digestion, and reduce stress. Take the stairs, walk to a further train or bus stop, and do something you enjoy.

 

  • Slow down.

Being calm and taking time to sit down and eat more slowly allows you to take in the tastes, smells, and textures of your food, leaving you more satisfied.

 

  • Get a good night’s sleep.

We often reach for quick energy foods like caffeine and sugar when we’re lacking energy from too little rest and relaxation.

 

  • Entertain yourself.

Before eating out of sheer boredom, reach for a book, an art or home improvement project, or any activity that brings you pleasure.

 

Intrigued? Would you like to know more? Join me for free training: “Lose weight once and for all, the right way. Without dieting, depravation and calorie counting”, and you’ll discover:

=> 3 main challenges when it comes to shifting pounds (and how to overcome them)

=> What to eat to bounce out of bed energetically every morning

=> How to eat (this might surprise you)

=> How to make success inevitable (only if you can spare 6 minutes though!)

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