Before you go any further, process this fact; only 5 percent of overweight people who diet and lose weight actually keep it off long term, meaning for more than 5 years. So why keep doing something that we know is failing? Trust me, I battle with this daily, trying to understand why Americans can't see that if you must keep repeating the process, the problem is not fixed!
There are many reasons for this failure. The biggest is not in the physical; it's in the mental. What’s in your head may be the cause behind your growing waistline. As soon as you begin thinking about dieting, the body begins protecting itself from the deprivation it suffered through during previous diets. Depending on which attempt you're on, the second or the 10th, your body bases its reaction on the combined effects of them all.
If you look back, you may recognize that each time you diet, your ability to stay on it is more difficult. Just the fact that you must keep dieting is a sign that it's not working!
Yes, sadly it's our own brains strategizing against us. Face it, you never wake up one morning and decide that day is the start of your new paleo or low carbohydrate diet. No, you listen to friends, research articles on the internet, fight with yourself over and over about which is the best for you and, ultimately, which one will yield the quickest results so you can get back to your normal life again. Dieting means that, at some point, you must go back to your previous unhealthy lifestyle. Your subconscious mind remembers the stress put on your body and wants to protect itself from self-inflicted lack of calories, lack of nutrients, pain and the misery of depravation. Yes, admit it, sometimes you starved or undernourished your body by limiting calories or certain macronutrients like fats and healthy carbohydrates because you lump all fats and carbohydrates into the "bad" category. The fact is both are necessary for life and optimal health. You just need to understand which ones are good and which ones are bad. You may have even over-exercised while malnourishing your body at the same time.
Oh, let's not forget you are still agonizing over having to exercise more. You ask yourself repeatedly, "Is it really necessary?" You look for every reason not to exercise. Again, more stress on your mind and across your entire body. You go through the same process of selection. Do I need a trainer? What gym is best? Do I really need to go to a gym? Should I tell my friends I'm dieting again? Agony and misery over shedding the pounds you are tired of carrying. Does this sound familiar to you?
Before you ever begin the new diet routine you are already failing, get rid of the stress of it all. Stress causes hormonal imbalances, a lower functioning immune system, poor digestion, insomnia, fatigue and a release of the fight or flight hormone cortisol, which loves to build belly, buttock and hip fat.
You must change the way you think about your problem with weight, because in the end, the weight isn't the issue.
Beginning the weight loss process
Accept that your previous attempts have been failures. Yes they have, or you wouldn't need to lose weight again! It's okay! We all must go through this realization before we can blossom into a butterfly. Accept that only a permanent lifestyle change can bring about permanent weight loss and its bounty of health improvements.
Begin to think about the foods you eat. The next time you eat or drink, look at the food or drink and ask, is this healthy for me or not? There is no food that is neutral. It’s either nurturing your body or robbing your body of nutrients. Make a choice to consume or not, but understand the circumstances.
Put healthy affirmations around your home, office and even your car. It's important for you to verbalize them, actually say them out loud and not just read them silently.
- I am going to nourish my body with nutritious foods.
- I am going to enjoy real foods and enjoy learning new recipes.
- I am going to enjoy exercising because it will make my body healthier.
- I am going to be more adventurous with new healthy foods and I will learn to enjoy them.
- I am not going to make any more excuses!
- I am going to learn what harmful foods are and limit them in my life.
Verbalizing these affirmations will retrain your thinking, so your mind will work with you to achieve your health goals!
Begin educating yourself on what foods are healthy and which ones are not. Begin to make healthier choices. If you choose a healthy lifestyle 80 percent of the time, you will begin to lose weight and build health. Your body can't help but get healthier! The NutriBullet can be a big part of this process!
If you change your thinking, you can change your world.