I have always been intrigued by diets that are popular and by the results they produce based on before-and-after photos. I have never been one to indulge in those, and I feel it is for a very good reason. When it comes to changing your body, you have to change your mind. Once you change your mind, there is no going back. This means that the changes you make should be made forever.
You know you won’t be able to stick with it long term
If you’re already at week three of shakes/tea/tablet diet, or day two of a juice cleanse, then it’s time for a change. These efforts will produce quick results, but as soon as you lose the amount of weight you want, you are going to default back to your old habits. Figure something out that you can stick with forever. It may not get you where you want to be in a month, but it will be feasible enough where you don’t gain back weight lost once you come back to “reality.” Shakeology is always an example I use when I explain this to people. Sure, it’s effective, but are you really going to spend $100 a month on shakes for the rest of your life? My diet is an example of a long term effective diet. For the past two years I have worked out five days a week and stuck with mostly proteins and vegetables (I do eat carbs everyday as well). I do still eat the foods I love I just eat less of them.
You’re hungry all the time
I know there is that theory that you have to feel hungry to lose weight. That is simply not the case. You can’t feel satisfied and still burn off extra fat right? Wrong! You can feel satisfied. Think back to the caveman days. They ate what they could find because they knew they needed that food to continue to hunt. It’s now in our genes. When you feel hungry, you can’t function. This keeps fat in stores on your body because your body is preparing for the worst when it feels hungry; complete starvation. If you eat breakfast and a half hour later your stomach is still growling, you simply didn’t eat enough. I’m not saying eat four slices of pizza for breakfast. If you had two scrambled eggs for breakfast, you may just need a piece of toast and a glass of milk to feel better. It’s worse for your health and your diet to feel hungry.
You set out to lose fifty pounds and you’re down to your last ten. Congratulations, that is an awesome accomplishment! Your body is getting used to this new you. Your body is so close to a healthy weight, it doesn’t find it necessary to shed any more of it. It is now time to increase your activity (not necessarily your workouts), it doesn’t mean you need to cut out more calories. Yes, you can cut calories if you have those days where you grab a hand full of chips, or eat chocolate when you start to feel sleepy late in the afternoon. So many little cuts can be made that add up to a big difference. Don’t put cream in your coffee anymore (for example), less dressing on your salad. Keep better track of all the little snacks you have during the day; that handful of cereal you grabbed when you were bored (for example). Don’t cut good calories from your diet, especially if your portions are right where they should be, it won’t help. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk around the store longer, or park further from the entrance. Increasing your calorie burn everyday will help you break through that plateau as long as it’s coupled with your regular workout regimen.