At this time of the year it is easy to be attracted to the new year fad diets that are everywhere. Depriving detox programs and wacky weight loss regimes promising that you will lose kilos and inches abound! Don’t get sucked in to a quick fix, short term solution! I am guessing you have been there before and here you are again! Think further than the number staring back at you on the scales! Give these alternative weight loss tips a try
Learn to love yourself – quirks, curves and all
Loving ourselves should be easy but it is much harder than it sounds. We all have things we don’t like (perhaps even hate) about our bodies but it is time to get over it! You are not your dress size, your weight does not define who you are. Stop waiting to live your life and start doing the things that make you happy NOW. Don’t wait for that magical day when you fit into a certain dress size or are satisfied with the number on the scales to book your holiday to the beach or buy that little black dress. Live like you have already reached your goal, you will be happy and it will be much easier to achieve. Can you stand in front of a mirror naked, look at yourself and love yourself?
Focus on getting the good stuff in
Depriving ourselves of the things we enjoy only sets us up for disaster. Our focus is on the specific things we are ‘not allowed to have’ and we now want them REALLY badly! Focus instead on filling ourselves up with the good stuff and your need for junk simply diminishes! I am not just talking about food here either, fill your life with things you love, surround yourself with positive people, work towards a satisfying career and make time for activities you enjoy.
Count Nutrition not Calories
Counting and focusing on calories is not a healthy or sustainable approach to food. Focus instead on consuming food that nourishes your body nutritionally. Food is our fuel, it is our friend, not our enemy! Let’s have a look at a nutritionally rich green smoothie, containing fresh fruit, coconut milk, chia seeds and spinach, which contains close to 400 calories. Compare that to a can of diet soft drink that has 0 calories. Which is better? The can of soft drink contains no calories but no nutrition either? The artificial sweeteners (chemicals) will leave us craving sugar leading to unhealthy food choices. The smoothie however will fill us up and satisfy us nutritionally for hours. I know which I would choose!
Choose your language carefully
Phrases such as “I should”, “I must” and “I can’t” are not very helpful and often create feelings of guilt. As soon as we tell ourselves we should be doing something it creates a battle in our head. What we are really telling ourselves is we are not doing things well enough and we “should” be doing them some other way.
Restrictive terms such as “I can’t have sugar” or “I must not eat that” can work in the short term but are not usually sustainable and we fall off the wagon once again! It is human nature to rebel, even against ourselves! “I could” and “I choose” are much more positive and helpful phrases to use. “I could go to the gym”, rather than “I should go to the gym”. “I choose to eat a big salad every day” because it makes me feel good rather than “I can’t have a piece of cake because I am on a diet”, see the difference? The language you use both in your own head and when communicating with others has a profound effect on the way you feel and the actions you take.
How about making 2015 the year that you start the lifelong journey to FEEL better, wake up with more than enough energy to embrace your day and make food choices that make you feel fresh, light and energised? Who is with me?
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