Don’t diet to lose weight. When we tell ourselves we’re on a diet, we end up cracking, bingeing and making bad choices. It's just a bad cycle. Healthy living and portion control is the way forward. That said, a lot of us say we don't know what healthy living is – why not start doing some research? Try going online, figure out what a balanced diet is, what lean protein is, or how many calories there are in certain foods. People literally have no idea, and it's crazy how many calories we end up putting into our bodies.
Cut the White Stuff
When you start a low-carb diet learn to recognize food cravings for what they are — withdrawal from carbohydrates. You need to know this because to lose weight, you need to cut out the white stuff — the sugar and the white processed carbohydrates. Start eating more protein and good fats. You’ll experience cravings exactly the same as you would when you give up cigarettes. It takes a few days for your body to get accustomed to not getting those processed white carbohydrates, but once you do, you’ll be over this phase.
If you are sleep deprived, you are going to be obese. Your hormones are affected by sleep. The most important one is leptin, the hormone that says, ‘I’m feeling full.’ The minute you are sleep deprived, your ghrelin levels go down. Ghrelin is the hormone that says ‘feed me.’ When you’re sleep-deprived, your ghrelin levels go up. Some of us wear sleep deprivation like a badge of honour. They think it’s cool, and they don’t even know what it’s like to be awake and lean. When you are sleep deprived, we don’t tend to make great decisions.
Find Your Motivation
The most important thing you need to do is determine the reason WHY you want to lose weight. Most people aren’t connected to this reason, so when we’re deciding between the apple and the doughnut, if it’s on taste, the doughnut will win every time. We make several hundred micro decisions every day, and if we really want to choose health, there are ways to do it, now more than ever. We won’t do it if we are losing weight because someone else, like our husband or wife, thinks we should. WE have to decide this personally, for ourselves.
Skip Processed Foods
To lose weight, eat foods in their natural form and stay away from the processed ‘diet’ ones. Of course, there are exceptions for every rule, but 99 percent of foods that are fat-free or carb-free or sugar-free have replaced these substances with chemicals that are probably doing more harm than the fat, carbs, or sugar would have. Grab an apple and some almonds. And, when you do eat carbs, focus on eating the starchy ones early in the day, and protein and vegetables at night. This gives your body time to burn off the starchy carbs.
Find an Exercise That Works for You
We often limit ourselves by doing a certain type of exercise just because we've seen someone else, a celebrity or a trainer do it. That method is theirs, and it doesn't mean it will work for us. Find an exercise, class or sport you like and then train for it. Even if we start small, we can develop our skills, abilities and techniques if we like what we are doing. For instance, if you like to play tennis and you train like a tennis player in the gym, you'll improve agility, speed, and explosiveness that translate to the game when you play it with your friends — you'll feel the difference and love it ….. and we'll get fit and lean in the process.
Jon Morgan is a fitness expert and transformation specialist from Eastbourne ( East Sussex, UK ). Having worked with professional athletes and everyday people Jon uses his innovative techniques, education...