Few people are able to start a diet and stick to it for an extended period of time. It might be a New Year’s resolution which lasts until March, or maybe it’s a three-month diet to get them in better shape for the summer time.
Either way, there are a number of reasons why sticking to a diet is hard work for most people. So how can you overcome these challenges?
Are You Obsessed Over The Numbers on Your Weight Loss Scales?
A lot of weight loss “experts” will tell you to weigh yourself each and every day if you’re trying to lose weight. The idea seems to make sense on the surface. Regularly checking yourself on a set of weight loss scales leads to motivation when you see positive results.
So often in the business world or in general goal setting, you hear people talk about getting clear about what you want. You can’t really reach a goal until you know what that goal is. Plus, if you don’t have a goal or destination, how will you know when you get there?
Well, the same can be said of your weight loss goal. Is your reason strong enough? Are you clear about your ‘why’?
Do you give up at the first setback? Whether caused by something you did (e.g. overeating) or something completely out of your control (e.g. injury or sickness), setbacks are almost always a guarantee with weight loss.
How you focus on reaching your weight loss goal and dealing with setbacks will determine your level of success.
According to statistics, 90% of diets end in failure while 80% of New Year’s resolutions to lose weight fail by the second week of February.
So why is your diet not working? The common thing among individuals who become part of these unflattering statistics is that they all jump into dieting and exercising for weight loss with high expectations that are nearly impossible to follow through.
Therefore, if you’re serious about wanting to lose weight, it’s essential that you formulate a weight loss plan that is reasonable for you. Here are 5 simple tips that will help you go from a diet not working to a diet that gets results you want.
Do You Feel Permanent Weight Loss Just Isn’t Possible?
The good news is that permanent weight loss is one of the simplest things to do in the world. Really it is. It’s just a matter of calories in, versus calories out. But then again, most people fail at this exact same step. If you don’t know your numbers, you’ve failed before you even begin!
Nothing is a motivation buster more than failing over and over again. Or maybe you’ve had some success with losing weight, but that was in the past and now whatever you do seems to not make any difference.
Therefore, if you think you’ve tried everything under the sun and have all but completely given up, here are 5 mind-blowing tips to help you achieve permanent weight loss.
It’s important that you’re eating enough vegetables as they play a vital role in proper nutrition. Along with a diet rich in whole grains and fruits, veggies can deliver all of the essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals you need for excellent health.
Unfortunately, today’s Standard American Diet (its acronym is ‘SAD’ for a reason) is lacking in healthy vegetables. This is the same basic processed and sugar-filled diet that is prevalent in most modern societies and cultures.
There wouldn’t be a problem if processed and fast foods delivered nutrition. However, they are lacking in most of the natural components and compounds your body needs to function properly. If any of the following signs sound familiar to you, you probably aren’t eating enough vegetables on a day-to-day basis.
Is there a need to monitor your own health? We often think if there’s no indication of high blood pressure or high blood sugar, then we must be pretty healthy.
But, we need to take some other numbers into account for an overall picture of our health. You can have normal blood pressure and low blood sugar. Or you can have high cholesterol and it hasn’t led to high blood pressure, yet.
If you’re looking for a way to stay healthy, decrease the risk of suffering from some serious diseases, and slow down the process of ageing, then you should be eating whole foods. Whole foods are the foods closest to their natural state. This means that they contain much more nutrients than processed foods.
Of course, it’s incredibly hard to make your diet consist of whole foods only, but you should strive to make them the majority of the food you consume. Whole foods can be unprocessed vegetable, fruits, beans, seeds, nuts, legumes, whole grains, seafood, fish, eggs, red meat, and poultry.
In case you need to be convinced to start eating whole foods, here are 5 ways they contribute to your well-being.
How To Stick To Your New Year Resolutions For Health And Wellness
New Year resolutions for health and wellness are famously difficult to keep. Every year thousands of people promise themselves that they are going to give up smoking, get in better shape or finally get around to going on a diet. And every year thousands of people fail to follow through.
Below are 5 tips to ensure that, no matter what health-related new year resolution ideas you decide to make, you’ll have the greatest possible chance of seeing them through. But be warned, some of these tips are pretty intense and they are certainly not for the weak-hearted!
When considering if you are overweight or not, there is another question you should address. Are you healthy? Too many times people focus on the wrong measurements regarding their health. Two people can be the exact same height and weigh the exact same amount. They can look basically the same in body composition, but one may be extremely healthy, while the other is knocking on death’s door.
So, what is the big deal about carrying around an extra few pounds if you feel good about yourself and are relatively healthy? The problem is what may be happening inside you. When you are overweight, your body is out of alignment. This causes your internal systems to work in a way they were not intended to. Accordingly, if you are overweight or obese, you are at a heightened risk level for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, neurological conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s and shortened life span.