Diet and Weight Loss
We live in a curious society. We idolize slim, thin and skinny yet we eat mountains of processed snack, junk and fast foods. We sit around and watch television instead of getting up and walking to the park or grocery store.
In our society, it seems like it is a constant obsession to try to get fit yet all the time reverting back to the food and entertainment forms that are so widespread yet unhealthy. Families get together on holidays and every celebration is centered on food and drink. Most of those times we eat and drink to excess!
When we start to become unhappy with the way we look we start cutting calories. No one even associates their illness or sluggishness with food. But that’s another issue. Every New Year the diet industry pulls out all the advertising plugs, because every that’s when we resolve to lose all the weight we put on the year(s) before. Diet pills, replacement shakes, artificial sweeteners, surgeries, magazines and fad diets. The problem is these things only make our problem worse. We may, at first, lose weight quickly but we lose muscle at the same time and then gain back all fat, which is not healthy or desirable.
Then we have all of the fat minus the muscle. How disheartening!
If you want to lose weight and keep it off, look to people who have successfully done it. You will notice that they didn’t use gimmicks or fad diets for permanent weight loss.
14 Proven ways to lose weight for good:
- Eat a healthy breakfast with protein
- Eat only when you are hungry and don’t graze all day
- Drink more water
- Eat more at home than dining out
- Eat organic, whole foods
- Reduce stress
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Get moving
- Keep a journal
- Eat good, high quality protein (See #1 to start the day)
- Take nutrient supplements, as needed
- Eat more vegetables
- Give up “white” food
- Do a kitchen makeover and get the unhealthy foods that tempt you out of your house.
Start eating healthy!
If you want to lose weight, eat more colorful vegetables and less simple carbohydrates. Give up the “white” food – anything with flour, sugar, salt – cakes, cookies, pastries, chips and processed foods. Once those are out of your house and your life you WILL lose weight.
This is what you eat:
- Non-starchy complex carbohydrates – vegetables
- Fruits (more vegetables than fruits)
- Quality protein (grass-fed meats, wild-caught fish, quinoa)
- Add healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado)
Stop supporting McDonald’s and Burger King and the rest of the fast food industry. That’s not real food. Try these suggestions and come back in two weeks and leave a comment about how good you feel!