Ever wonder why so many people start out to lose weight and end up with a big flop, giving up, or even gaining weight?
Having some knowledge of why that is happening may help you, and keep you from ever dieting again.
Here are three reasons why your diets may have been backfiring. Take these seriously, implement them, and they have no choice but to get you to just the right weight without ever dieting again or even sacrificing the foods you love.
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1. Fad Diets Don’t Work
All of has have felt the excitement of getting out of the starting gate of a fad diet. We read about it, or saw how excited a friend was about the latest fad diet, and off we went with the highest hopes and expectations.
The only two that I can think of that has really stood their ground and continue to pop up are the South Beach Diet and The Atkins Diet. In fact physicians and nutritionist are now recommending these diets to a lot of people these days.
But think about all of the fad diets that you’ve read about, or tried, and now they are seldom or never heard of again. That’s because fad actually means temporary. They come and they go, and if you’re not careful your health can go with them.
Instead of giving up on losing weight and improving your health, it’s better to start thinking (sit down time focusing on a subject) on some habits and lifestyle changes that make your eating habits and exercise program a permanent part of your life.
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2. Calories Are A Must
Cutting too many calories out of your diet will send your body into a mode that keeps you from losing weight. It’s real simple when you think about it. Your brain sees that you are not eating what you have been, and it gets over anxious and starts holding on for dear life.
A calorie is a way to measure what you eat that will be turned into the energy you need to live and survive. When you cut this back too far, your body starts preserving everything it can, to preserve energy.
A better method of cutting calories is to decide what weight you want to maintain, locate the amount of calories it takes to do that, and include that many calories in your daily diet. You will also need to start exercising and building up muscle mass to replace the fat.
Do not be concerned if you are following this plan and gain weight at first. Just keep on keeping on, because the muscle will weigh more than the accumulated fat you are losing.
3. Don’t Skip Meals
This is so important because if you start skipping meals, your body once again thinks you are starving, and will outlast you on your dieting plans.
It may be difficult for you to learn new methods to eat meals but it’s a lifestyle change that will pay off. Instead of eating 2 or 3 times a day, change that to eating 3 meals every day, that are much smaller than you are accustomed to.
When you look at your plate you should be able to see that the food on it would easily fit into one of your palms. The secret that works is to eat 5 or 6 times a day with very small portions.
Stop thinking of these as snacks. Snacking is what gets us into trouble to start with. Instead, eat the same high quality foods several times a day. Try seeing your portions for each meal as divided up into 2 or 3 different meals.
Instead of eating a large bowl of oats for breakfast, only eat 1/2 the bowl, and save the rest to eat mid morning. Eat half of what you’ve been eating for lunch, and eat again mid afternoon. For dinner, do the same thing.
These methods work because instead of starving yourself, you give your body enough time to use up what you fed it the last time you ate. When you do this you keep your blood sugar from spiking and collapsing, and this helps you lose weight and stay much healthier.