Are you putting 100% into your diet program, but feel like you’re getting 0 results?
Many people find themselves in this pickle. They work hard, hold on to their diet strategy like bulldog, but fail to see the transformation they wanted. Hopes were high, but the scale just isn’t going downward.
Often, the problem is not effort or motivation. The issue is that they are incorporating certain foods in their diet plan that are actually not diet foods at all. The diet industry is big business, and unfortunately many companies market their products as healthy, even though they are counter-productive options.
Fruit Flavored Yogurts
Fruit flavored yogurts are a favorite among many dieters, but many fail to see them for what they are: pint-sized sugar bombs. Individual yogurt packs have gotten unhealthier and unhealthier, while their reputation as a go-to diet food has regrettably survived.
Next time you’re picking out your favorite yogurt, double check the sugar content. You might be surprised to find there are 15+ grams of sugar per serving.
Of course you can purchase the sugar-free varieties, but then you’ll be consuming unwanted artificial sweeteners, which can be just as bad for you.
Instead, opt for plain Greek yogurt. Flavor it yourself by adding a handful of fresh berries.
Beware of any product marketed as ‘fat free’. These products proudly label themselves as fat-free, and that very well may be true.
But ask yourself, if the fat is removed, what has been added? Time and again, the fat content has been substituted with something just as undesirable.
Often that means heaps of sugar.
If you are trying to lose body fat, sugar is just as bad — if not worse — than fat is.
The last problem food to be wary of is the protein bar, despite its prevalence in many diet programs and meal plans. These may seem like a great option because they contain protein, but once again you have to look a little closer.
Check that sugar content. Most protein bars have upwards of 15 grams of sugar per bar. Some contain 30 and even 40 grams.
In actuality, these are glorified chocolate bars. While you can buy a few bars with very low sugar content (five grams or less per bar), these will require a little searching.
Sadly, many dieters are blissfully unaware of these three problem foods. Are any of them in your current diet?
If you want to learn the two must-eat foods that will catapult fat loss into high gear, make sure you check out The 2 Week Diet. Highly-readable and conveniently-packaged in PDF form, it has all the best advice you need to correct any lingering misinformation you’ve fallen prey to.
Any goal that you have starts with small steps. You want to get a degree in college, you start with one class. You want to start a business, you first write a business plan. You want to lose weight and get healthy, you start with that first pound and that first pound starts with that first change in what you put into your body. Small daily steps, and small short term goals, lead to big success and the realization of long term success. This is especially true when it comes to life long natural weight loss success. Using natural weight loss techniques, and starting small will provide big rewards.
We all want overnight success, but that simply is not realistic. Did you know that most of the participants of shows like The Biggest Loser, regain their weight? This is a sad point of fact and has to do with many factors. But another truth is that most people who participate in fad and fast weight loss plans regain the weight. The only way to not regain the weight lost is to realize that weight loss, like most things in life, is a journey of small successes experienced on a daily basis that add up to immense results. The other thing you must realize is that the most effective type of weight loss is natural weight loss borne from natural weight loss techniques that cut out fake foods, and replace them with healthy, whole, natural delicious foods.
For natural weight loss, start with small goals that will help you achieve your ultimate result. For instance, you know that you need to drink more water, give up sugar, kick the fake food addiction, and move a little every day, so do it, but do it slowly. Pick one thing at a time, and create a habit. It takes 21 days to create a habit, therefore try picking one thing to work on each 30 days of a calendar year.
Follow this list to see huge results:
January- Feb – March– Goal: Give up all beverages except water. Start with substituting at least half your non water beverages with water, and work your way up to by March only drinking water that month. Then your goal will be that for 30 days in March you only drink water. By moving slow you’ll make it a habit for life. Shoot for half your body weight in ounces each day. Drink fresh filtered tap water. You can get the kind of filter that “adds minerals for taste” and you will really like it. Simply drinking more water is a very powerful natural weight loss technique.
April, May and June– Goal: Break the sugar habit by June. Believe it or not, you’re half way there now that you’re only drinking water as a beverage. Start with using half the sugar you use now on anything. Then slowly work toward eating no sugar, even eventually eliminating products with added sugar. During this process, don’t replace it with fake sugar, but you can use Stevia or local raw honey. Eating only natural whole foods is the main natural weight loss technique that you must learn to be successful long term. Read the labels too, you’ll be surprised at how many things have added sugar. Do try some foods bare, you’ll be surprised at how sweet some things are that you previously added sugar to.
July, August and September — Goal: Add in exercise to your day. Try walking at least 10 to 15 minutes per day for all of July. You can do any exercise you want to do, yoga, whether walking, jump roping, dancing, it’s really up to you, but try to do something purposeful for 10 to 15 minutes a day working up to 30 minutes to an hour a day by September. Your food intake is infinitely more important than your exercise level, however, moving around and having fun is another important technique in natural weight loss. You’re going to have more energy anyway so start enjoying the feeling of your body moving.
October, November and December — Now you want to really work hard toward your ultimate goal of natural weight loss. Start substituting packaged fake foods with real, natural, chemically unaltered, pesticide, hormone free whole foods. For instance if you have a choice between white bread and whole wheat bread, choose whole wheat. If you have a choice between organic and conventional produce, choose organic and so on. Also, start putting more fruit and vegetables on your plate than starches and protein for the biggest bang in your natural weight loss buck, until you get to the point where you are only eating whole, organic, natural foods.