My heart breaks when I see people trying to lose weight or get healthier and they just can't. They end up yo-yo dieting, feeling like a complete failure, becoming malnourished or worse, putting on weight because they've completely messed their body up.
So I've come up with a little analogy that will hopefully help those struggling. Our bodies are like computers, they are coded to work in a certain way. A shiny nice new computer starts up super fast and works really well, giving you no trouble at all, but after some time, it gets slower and slower and might even stop working completely. This is because you've perhaps downloaded things that have damaged the code or fiddled with the computer that confused the programming.
Your body is no different, it should run perfectly but we put things in it or neglect it and then it gets sluggish resulting in lethargy and weight problems.
So what do we do? We start dieting! We think that starving ourselves, or filling ourselves with shakes or taking all sorts of things will solve the problem but what we actually end up doing is more damage and the problem compiles. What we need to do is simply 'reprogram' our bodies so that they are able to function again, this will enable you to get to your ideal weight and keep it off. Here are some common diet mistakes that people make:
It seems like common sense, eat less than you burn and you will lose weight. Yes, you might lose weight but then when you start eating again you will put it all back on again. Actually, when eating fewer calories than your body needs you will actually slow your metabolism which will slow your ability to lose weight. The goal is to increase the metabolism not slow it! So stop starving yourself, rather reprogram your body to balance your hormones and increase your metabolism, that way you are set for life!
Your body only needs on average 50g of protein each day. For an exact amount for you, calculate 0.75g of protein per kilo of body weight. The first problem with protein shakes is that many contain sugar and can have more than 1,200 calories per shake! There's also evidence that consuming too much protein can lead to an increased risk of osteoporosis and could worsen existing kidney problems. It's just not natural to consume so much protein and a diet based on protein shakes is unbalanced, as soon as you start eating again the weight will pile back on.
Atkins, Keto, Paleo, etc
There are so many diets you can choose from but the rule of thumb is that if you lose weight quickly you are likely to put it on just as quickly causing a lifetime of yo-yo dieting. Be patient and take the time it takes to reprogram your body so you can be done with dieting forever!
Get back to basics - listen to your body. You will be surprised how much it will tell you about what it needs to eat and drink, and when. The goal is a good metabolism and balanced hormones. Once you've got that right your weight will take care of itself.
I write a short little workbook on the basics of how to reprogram your body so that you can enjoy energy and vitality again whilst taking control of your weight back forever by simply reprogramming your body so it works as it should once again.
This post is not a sales pitch at all, I just want to help. However, if you would like to buy my super simple 7 Simple Steps to Your Ideal Weight you can do so here or if you would like the eBook version you can get it here.
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