Don't Let These 4 Dieting Issues Railroad Your Weight Loss Success
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES
Did you set a resolution this year to lose weight – mostly FAT – and get in the best shape of your life?
If you did, then you’re not alone!
Weight loss – in the form of fat loss – happens to be the most set resolution year-in and year-out.
But the sad fact: only 20 percent of people usually accomplish this goal.
And of that 20 percent, there could be a very high number of them that resort back to their unhealthy ways and put the weight back on – sometimes even MORE!
But we want to help you to become one of the 20 percent!
You know we want you to be in the group of people that have reached their weight loss goals…
But we don’t want you to only reach them, we want you to shatter your goals AND keep the weight off!
Today, we want to share with you FOUR reasons why DIETS just don’t work.
Why Don’t Diets Work?
There may be a number of different reasons why a particular diet doesn’t work for you.
It could be too strict on calories…
You know - the kind of diet that leaves you hungry ALL THE TIME – hungry enough to eat EVERYTHING in sight!
It may not allow times to “cheat”…
The diet is too strict leaving you craving unhealthy, FORBIDDEN foods.
The fact is, “cheating” could be one of the EASIEST ways to adhere to your diet and get you in the BEST shape of your life.
It could even cause your metabolism to slow to a CRAWL…
Ever had the experience of sitting at your desk in a fog while your stomach is grumbling?
That’s what some diets do – leave you with very LITTLE energy to keep you going ALL DAY LONG!
Now, avoiding these things may help you stick with your plan and keep the weight coming off.
So how do you do it?
Here are FOUR ways that may help:
1. You HAVE To Write It Down
When you are on a diet, unless you are a professional and measure EVERYTHING, then chances are you are underestimating the amount of calories you are eating in a day.
And this could simply add to an increase in calories – which could translate into ever greater gains in WEIGHT.
So to avoid this all-so-common practice, you should be writing everything that goes in your mouth down.
That includes drinks…
Tiny bits of food that you don’t think matter…
EVERYTHING needs to be accounted for!
So grab a notebook, or a journal, and grab your favorite pen, and start writing everything down!
You may be surprised by how many extra calories – or too FEW calories – you are eating during the course of a normal day.
2. Exercise does NOT give you LEEWAY
A lot of people think that if they exercise, then this gives them the leeway to have that extra piece of pizza, or that extra cookie.
However, they would be wrong!
Yes, exercise is a necessary component to any weight loss program, but there is only one problem:
Most people believe that they BURN MORE calories than they actually do!
And this, they tell themselves, is why they can have that extra piece of pizza or that cookie.
In order to burn around 500 calories, it may take more than 60 minutes PER DAY of VIGOROUS EXERCISE, to burn that many calories.
So the best advice: If you don’t exercise NOW, then you should start. And start slowly!
Begin by gradually increasing your activity until you reach 30 minutes of walking per day. Then you can start adding to your intensity – or how hard you’re working – in order to burn more calories.
And if you currently exercise, you need to focus on boosting your intensity – like through high-intensity training or interval training.
Give it a try today!
3. Are You Eating WHEN You Need To?
Are you a person that thinks that skipping meals will help you lose weight?
Or that eating all day will help you to lose those unwanted pounds?
Well, I’m here to tell you that skipping meals is the NUMBER ONE way to ruin your metabolism.
Skipping meals and not eating at the right time may result in lower blood sugar levels, which leaves you drained, tired, and moody.
So here’s what to do: make sure you eat breakfast – a good healthy breakfast (with fruit, vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats, and some complex carbs) – and then try to eat every three to four hours after that.
And make sure your meals are small, low calorie meals that are just enough to make you feel satisfied, but not full to the point of exploding.
This should help you avoid the peaks and valleys often associated with not eating at the right time or skipping meals.
4. Don’t Miss Out On This ONE Important Step
What’s the easiest way to tank your weight loss? Not getting enough sleep!
Lack of sleep does a number of different things in your body.
But more importantly, it raises hormones that cause you to crave high-carbohydrate, nutrient-poor snacks (like the kinds of food in vending machines!).
Lack of sleep raises both ghrelin – which is an appetite-raising hormone – and cortisol – which is a stress hormone.
Both of these hormones may be detrimental to your weight loss success.
You should shoot for at least six to eight hours of uninterrupted sleep. This will keep your fat burning engine stoked and burning fat – ALL
Be One of the 20 Percent
So you set your goal to lose weight this year. Great news for you!
Keeping these tips in mind, you now possess the keys to building a successful weight loss program.
However, these tips are just a starting point to losing weight.
Although these tips are great – and will benefit you in your quest – you also need an ignition program…
A program designed for YOU that may help you strip away years of unwanted fat…
Are you interested?
Then get started today...