Is Your Weight Loss Diet Making You Fat?
Are you in that continuous cycle of gaining - losing - and regaining weight no matter what diet you follow? If this sounds familiar, you're not alone. Research shows that although many dieters do lose weight initially, most tend to regain the weight plus more in a short period of time. In spite of spending an estimated $40 billion annually on diets and diet related products, about two thirds of Americans - that's more than 190 million people - remain overweight or obese.
The sad fact is that many people are so desperate to lose weight that they get sucked in over and over again by the latest "magical breakthrough" hoping to find success. Of course, when they aren't successful - and actually end up gaining weight - they blame themselves for not having enough will power. Yet with all the deprivation and restrictions of dieting it's no wonder so many end in failure.
I suggest a different approach to weight loss that I call positive eating. Similar to positive thinking, this approach is very powerful and actually does lead to success. In this case, success means breaking the negative cycle of dieting and achieving permanent weight loss. Use my powerful positive eating principles to live life at your personal best weight. It really works!
Lorraine's Positive Eating Principles.
1. Keep your body well fueled. Start your day with breakfast and eat every 3 - 4 hours. This will give you energy all day long and keep your cravings in check.
2. Follow a "food group plan" rather than counting calories. This is not to say calories don't count; they do. Therefore, I suggest following a food group plan designed to meet your individual calorie needs. This will provide an easy way for you to plan meals and snacks that allow for variety, flexibility, and most importantly, balance. You will consume the right amount of fiber, protein, fat, and other nutrients without the need for tediously counting calories all day long.
3. Stay well hydrated. Being thirsty can actually lead to overeating and this is exactly what you are trying to avoid. As a general rule, drink about half your body weight in ounces every day and go for water. It's the most natural choice and hydrates better than any other liquid.
4. Eat mindfully - pay attention to what and how much you eat. And consider whether you are truly hungry or eating for some other reason. Take action to modify unhelpful and unhealthy behaviors.
5. Eat slowly and enjoy your food. Sit down, relax, and take your time whenever possible. Make a point to make time to eat. You will end up feeling more satisfied than if you inhale your food on the go.
6. Eat your favorite foods. And if you really want something that seems like an over indulgence - have it; but do so in moderation. Being too restrictive can cause feelings of deprivation that lead to overeating.
So, there you have it. If you're finally convinced of what you've suspected for a while now - that diets don't work - why not try a more positive approach? My powerful positive eating principles will guide you to your personal best weight without all the negativity and frustration of dieting. Of course, to be complete, your healthy weight loss plan must include exercise. Strive for movement every day - the more the better.
Lorraine Matthews-Antosiewicz, MS RD, is a food and nutrition expert specializing in weight management. She is committed to empowering people through education, support, and inspiration to make real changes that lead to optimal health and lasting weight loss. Sign up for her Free Consultation and receive expert advice on how to lose 20 lb. - or more. Jump start your weight loss today! http://njnutritionist.com/freeconsult