Okay, time to be honest…
How many diets have you tried? And how many of them have failed?
The problem with “diets” is that they’re simply not sustainable 99% of the time. They may work short term; you can definitely lose weight on them, that’s no question. But what happens when you reach your goal weight? Almost inevitably (98% of in the time, in fact), the weight will trickle back on.
And then you’re back at square one.
So, how do you join the 2% that successfully keep the weight off? Simple.
Ditch the diet.
Wait, whaaat?! If you’re a chronic dieter, then it’s time to step back. I’m sure you’ve heard the term “lifestyle change” thrown around a lot, but what the heck does that mean? Where do you start? Let’s break it down:
Focus on simple, whole foods.
Throw away any processed junk that’s lying around your house – yes, even those Weight Watcher and Lean Cuisine meals. If you want to be successful on your weight loss journey, you have to go back to the basics: fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats.
How do you know what to keep and what to toss? Check the ingredient labels! If you see anything you can’t pronounce, or anything that isn’t actually a food or a spice or something, it’s gotta go!
Don’t overcomplicate things.
It’s actually fairly easy to live a healthy lifestyle… but we let our brains get in the way of that. We succumb to cravings and hold on to the idea that we’re too busy to put effort into making something healthy.
In reality, it doesn’t take that much time to prepare healthy foods for yourself. You can have a bowl of fruit that’s already washed so all you have to do is grab and go. Buy the pre-chopped vegetables and ready-made hummus. And as far as meals… all you have to do is sautee a chicken breast for a few minutes in some olive oil and toss some peppers and onions in the same pan with some Italian spices, and you’ve got a 15 minute dinner. You don’t have to be a Pinterest Queen (or King) to be healthy and cook delicious food!
Listen to your body.
Okay, so I don’t mean that if you’re craving a gallon of ice cream, then eat it… What I’m talking about here is REALLY trying to understand what your body is telling you. So, you’re craving ice cream. Ask yourself this:
Am I even really, physically hungry?
What emotions am I feeling right now? Could eating be a coping mechanism?
Okay, so I’m craving ice cream. I’m probably craving sugar. What’s a healthy sugar I could indulge in?
All cravings, even the “bad” ones, are messengers. Listen to what your body is telling you. Personally, a lot of times I can feel when I need some protein. Often I crave carbs, but it’s usually emotional for me. If I take the time to listen and THINK about what foods would feel best… I’m often searching for a protein source.
So, that’s it. Seems simple, I know… and it is!
So why do so many of us struggle?
Often, there’s something underlying that’s holding us back. There’s something hiding underneath all of those excuses. Something that’s either dark, or some false belief that we’re holding onto.. that we may not even realize is there.
Sometimes, it takes talking with someone else to uncover that.
If you’re ready to take your health and your life to the next level, book your discovery session with me here.