Eating Whole to Lose Weight

 

One of the most exciting things about starting a new eating journey is the thought of losing weight and getting healthy. While any whole food path that you choose will help you to get healthy, finding a path that will help you lose weight can sometimes be more complicated. Many times the simple act of making better food choices is enough to begin to lose weight, so many whole food eaters will see weight loss with little effort. But that isn’t true for everyone, there are those people who will still need to make a bit of extra effort in order to see weight loss while they are eating whole.

 

But the good news is that with a few adjustments, anyone can lose weight while eating whole foods.

 

The first thing you will want to do is get a journal. Only a journal will be able to give you an accurate account of what you are taking in and how those foods are making you feel. So let’s say that you have been eating whole foods for awhile but you are not losing weight, after journaling for a few weeks you might find that you have been eating a lot of sweet foods like honey and bananas. Even though these foods are healthy, they are still natural sweeteners, so eating them in abundance may inhibit your ability to lose weight.

 

After you are able to take inventory of what you have eaten for a few weeks, start looking for ways that you can be stricter with your food choices. A good place to start here would be looking at something like the Whole30 program. While this program is very close to the popular paleo diet, it is also more strict than the typical paleo diet. The Whole30 is designed to help you to give your body a reset and after doing so you will be able to add foods back into your everyday life and get a true understanding of how these foods effect your body.

 

If the Whole30 program is more strict than you would like, you can start by looking at whole foods that are rich in hydration and fiber. Foods that fit into this category will help you to naturally start cleaning out your system.

 

One of the most exciting things about starting a whole foods journey is the thought of being able to lose weight effortlessly. While it is true that many people begin  to see a difference just by starting to eat whole, that isn’t true for everyone. But it is important to remember that you are not doing anything wrong and you are not the only one who hasn’t lost weight right away. We are all different, and if you are having trouble losing weight while eating whole it simply means that you need to re-evaluate the steps you are taking on your whole food path.  

 

Eating Whole to Lose Weight

 

One of the most exciting things about starting a new eating journey is the thought of losing weight and getting healthy. While any whole food path that you choose will help you to get healthy, finding a path that will help you lose weight can sometimes be more complicated. Many times the simple act of making better food choices is enough to begin to lose weight, so many whole food eaters will see weight loss with little effort. But that isn’t true for everyone, there are those people who will still need to make a bit of extra effort in order to see weight loss while they are eating whole.

 

But the good news is that with a few adjustments, anyone can lose weight while eating whole foods.

 

The first thing you will want to do is get a journal. Only a journal will be able to give you an accurate account of what you are taking in and how those foods are making you feel. So let’s say that you have been eating whole foods for awhile but you are not losing weight, after journaling for a few weeks you might find that you have been eating a lot of sweet foods like honey and bananas. Even though these foods are healthy, they are still natural sweeteners, so eating them in abundance may inhibit your ability to lose weight.

 

After you are able to take inventory of what you have eaten for a few weeks, start looking for ways that you can be stricter with your food choices. A good place to start here would be looking at something like the Whole30 program. While this program is very close to the popular paleo diet, it is also more strict than the typical paleo diet. The Whole30 is designed to help you to give your body a reset and after doing so you will be able to add foods back into your everyday life and get a true understanding of how these foods effect your body.

 

If the Whole30 program is more strict than you would like, you can start by looking at whole foods that are rich in hydration and fiber. Foods that fit into this category will help you to naturally start cleaning out your system.

 

One of the most exciting things about starting a whole foods journey is the thought of being able to lose weight effortlessly. While it is true that many people begin  to see a difference just by starting to eat whole, that isn’t true for everyone. But it is important to remember that you are not doing anything wrong and you are not the only one who hasn’t lost weight right away. We are all different, and if you are having trouble losing weight while eating whole it simply means that you need to re-evaluate the steps you are taking on your whole food path.  

 

Discover Why You’ll NEVER Lose Weight Without Discipline

The first two things that the majority of people think about when they want to lose weight is diet and exercise. Most of them fail to realize that discipline is even more important that diet and exercise.
Discipline will ensure that you eat foods that are right. Discipline will keep you on a caloric deficit even if your stomach is growling and demanding food at night. Discipline will prevent you from skipping workouts and make you give your best when you do train.
Weight loss is a mental game and not a physical one. It’s all about staying on track and finishing what you started. It’s a slow process. Make no mistake about this.
You could be obese and struggling or you could be lean and trying to shed the last bit of stubborn fat to see your six pack. Whatever the case may be, burning fat takes time. That’s why it’s called a weight loss journey.
You must have discipline to stay focused and go through the motions even though it seems to be taking a long time. Most often, it’s the time that it takes to see results that is the biggest hurdle to get over. It’s the one obstacle that trips up most people who want results overnight.
They fail to realize that it’s a slow process but quitting will not speed it up. If you don’t want to start over in future, don’t stop now. It doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
When creating a diet plan for yourself, keep it sensible so that it’s challenging but not torturous. You MUST have a diet plan to follow. Don’t try to wing it. When you have a plan, all you need to do is follow it. Like a horse with blinkers on, you’ll keep moving forward without being distracted.
The same applies to your training regimen. Plan your workouts at least 2 or 3 weeks ahead and train when you’re supposed to. Do not skip workouts just because you’re not in a mood to train. Just give yourself 10 minutes and get started. Most often, once you start, you’ll take the workout to completion even if it’s 30 minutes long.
If you lack the discipline and give in to temptation, you’ll end up skipping today’s workout. Once that happens, it will become easier to skip tomorrow’s training and the day after that. Next thing you know, you’ve not trained for 6 months and it all started from that 1 workout you skipped.
Discipline is all about doing what you need to do even when you don’t feel like it. There will ALWAYS be days when you do not feel like doing what you need to. In fact, this will generally be the norm. It’s the brain’s way of self-preservation.
It sees the difficult tasks as unpleasant and tries to cook up excuses so that you stay in your comfort zone. Discipline will make you stronger than your excuses. You know what you need to do to get to where you want to go… and you’ll do them. This is what separates the winners from the losers. Winners do what everybody else won’t so that they can get what everybody else can’t. It’s the discipline that makes people winners.
If you want a body that you can be proud of, practice discipline daily. It’s your best friend. It’s not just about the weight you lose but also the confidence and inner strength that you’ll gain in the process. Believe in yourself and know that your own competition. Use discipline to transform your body.

Why Willpower Is Never The Final Answer To Permanent Weight Loss

 

Many so called health experts chalk up weight loss success to willpower. Not only is this a false belief, but also a way to sabotage yourself. The fact is most people are not able to maintain their willpower for an extended period of time, simply because of the chemistry of the brain.

Willpower is a false prophet; one forged in our minds to “impress” others, even though at the core of it all we know it’s just a pile of lies.

Wondering why willpower is not the definitive factor that will determine your weight loss? Read on to learn more:

Willpower Doesn’t Play Well With Goals

Ever wondered why willpower doesn’t help you achieve your goals? It is because willpower is impossible to maintain at the same intensity for a period of time. Take for example you make the goal of losing 10 pounds in a month.

This is great, but how will willpower help you get there? Maybe it will remind you to look at the days going by, and realizing that you’re no way closer to achieving your goals.

That won’t change your life. Instead, write down what you want and develop consistency, as in building healthier habits and work on making them stick. Do a bit every day and build on it. That approach trumps willpower any day of the year.

Willpower Can’t Change Your Environment

Sure, you may tell yourself today that you will run a mile every day, but then when you go outside today, you are in no way motivated to do so tomorrow. The reasons can be plentiful; rain, snow, maybe you just don’t want to?

The fact is that willpower is fragile, and won’t beat your environment. Willpower will try to elevate you above the environmental deterrent, but the environment will win regardless of how hard you try.

Willpower Doesn’t Equal Accountability

Willpower is your own internal resolve. This is fine, but how will you be kept accountable? When you are the judge of yourself, the verdict will always be biased. Get a training or diet buddy, somebody who will hold you to your word.

Plus, if resolve is what you are after, nothing can give you more willpower than good old competition. The competitive nature of mankind is to be better than his fellow man. This can work out in your favor, as rivalry sets up a win-win scenario for everyone.

Willpower Focuses On A Variable

Take for instance, if your resolve is to stop drinking soda. This is fine, but the problem is that you will be thinking of soda all day, as you struggle to remind yourself to avoid it. This is the ugly trick human nature often plays on us; we want what we can’t have.

A better approach? A diversion. Find something to replace what you will be eliminating. Trying to forget soda? Find a healthier beverage that you have no problem using in place.

A great substitute would be fruit infused water- and best of all? No fighting with willpower!

Willpower Prioritizes Starvation

You must reduce calories to lose weight- that is a fact. However, the real battle with willpower begins when you are hungry. Willpower dictates that you eat the bland chicken, but will not tell you that you can overindulge many veggies.

Why should you feel hungry? By deliberately knowing that you can freely munch on low calorie veggies, you will be happy to forego some things knowing that you can fall back on something else. That is the strategy of a permanent weight loss plan.

Conclusion

Willpower sounds great in theory, but the most successful weight loss stories know that it is not sexy. You do not need to be on a constant high, but develop real systems that keep you working at weight loss day after day, forever, one day at a time.

 

 

 

How Does Strength Training Help You Lose More Fat?

 

 

Consider the following:

 

  • 1 in 3 people are overweight or obese

 

  • Strength training burns fat faster than cardio, interval training and other forms of exercise

 

Applying those 2 facts, there is a good chance that you may be looking to trim some fat from your body. If so, an understanding of how different types of exercise lead to health and wellness is required.

 

  • Cardiovascular exercises are those which you can perform for a prolonged period of time. They elevate your heart rate, and keep it up. Dance aerobics, jogging, and running on a treadmill are all forms of aerobic exercise.

 

  • Interval training requires altering your rate of speed and intensity. You sprint or do push-ups at your highest intensity for 30 seconds, then follow that up with 90 seconds of jogging or resting. You follow that process for 15 to 30 minutes.

 

  • Strength training requires pushing or lifting weights through space. This could be as simple as curling a set of dumbbells, or performing body weight exercises. Strength training often involves cyclical forms of exercises, performed in sets of a certain number of repetitions.

 

The way strength training outperforms other traditional exercises in the fat burning department has to do with Exercise Post Oxygen Consumption (EPOC). Very little of this occurs after cardio exercise. You do burn calories and fat while you are enjoying a cardio workout, but this stops shortly after your exercise is over.

 

Interval training is much better than cardio exercises at burning calories and fat after your workout is over. Your metabolism functions at a higher rate for hours and hours after your interval training session. Unlike many cardio sessions, which can go for 45 minutes or over an hour, interval training sessions are recommended for 30 minutes or less.

 

Weight training, especially those movements that work multiple muscle groups, are even better than interval training for long-term fat loss and calorie burning. Health professionals now understand that after a weight training session, you can expect to burn calories for anywhere from 24 to 38 hours after you have finished your workout!

 

The long-term weight loss benefits come from a metabolism boost, and the fact that you are building muscle. Muscle burns a lot of fat, even when you are just sitting around. As your muscles are repairing over the next day or day and a half after you strength train, they require fuel to repair themselves. This comes from your fat cells, and the process burns calories as well. Choose weight training over other forms of exercise for maximum fat burning potential.

 

Free Weight Loss Tips: What You’ll Need To Get Started On Your Goal

When it comes to free weight loss tips, it’s not the “magic cures” that you should pay attention to, it’s the real, solid advice that will set you on a healthy track for the rest of your life. And when you’re starting a new weight loss goal, anything that’ll make things easier on yourself is worth trying. With that in mind, here are 5 steps you should take at the start of your weight loss journey.

 

1) Buy A Scale: This is the first of the free weight loss tips and it’s a very important one. You’ll need to keep a scale not only to keep track of your weight, but also scales for the kitchen to weigh out proper portions of food. Many of us overeat when we don’t strictly measure our portions!

 

2) Find Support: If you can find an exercise and/ or dieting buddy then you’ll have support to continue even when things are at their most difficult. Studies show that dieting alongside someone else makes it a lot easier to meet your targets and set up healthy new habits. If there really isn’t anyone who wants to join you, one of the best free weight loss tips is to at least confide in others and share specific goals that will keep yourself accountable.

 

3) Get A Notepad: You need a notepad to note down the foods you’re eating, and even the exercises you’re doing if that helps. Although it can be tedious, knowing exactly what goes into your body helps you to improve things little by little. You can also use your notepad as a place to vent if you’re feeling frustrated, and to reinforce your goals to help motivate you to continue.

 

4) Go Through Your Cabinets: If you’re going to be dieting then you don’t want to have temptation all around you in your home. So go through all your cabinets and get rid of food that will lead you astray and won’t serve you well. Then go shopping and buy plenty of healthy snacks, like fruit, that you can have on hand whenever you’re feeling peckish.

 

5) Choose An Exercise Program: Now that you’ve got everything else sorted, it’s time to work out the kind of exercise you want to do. Although you’ll have to make sacrifices and sometimes do things you won’t enjoy, you can cater your exercise to what feels best for you. This could mean starting by walking every day, or running x amount of miles on the treadmill. Whatever you do, make sure you put it into a solid plan!

 

Juice Fasting For Weight Loss

Traditionally juice diets have been used for detoxification purposes, the principles behind this are straight forward and do make sense, but are only designed for a short period; 2-3 days maximum (often called a juice fast).

By only consuming fresh juices for a period of time you naturally abstain from fats, processed carbohydrates and sugars and substances like coffee and alcohol, as a result this is extremely beneficial for cleansing the liver and kidneys.

It is believed too that by giving the digestive system a ‘rest’ from fiber; digestion is easier and nutrients are able to be absorbed more efficiently. Recently many bold claims have been made about prolonged juice fasting, such as disease fighting, free radical destroying, fat burning and pain alleviating results. However these claims are as yet to be supported by any reliable research.

Juice fasting exclusively as a weight loss measure is a short term solution for a long term problem that can in some situations complicate matters.

The term ‘juicing’ pretty much means drinking your food, primarily fruits, vegetables and herbs. Incorporated into a healthy diet juicing is a great way to boost energy levels and consume extra nutrients – my personal favorite is beetroot, celery, carrot, apple, ginger and mint; perfect for a morning ‘pick me up’.

Weight will certainly be lost when ‘juicing’ however it is unlikely any actual fat will be burnt.  Instead you actually risk losing muscle mass due to the absence of protein in the diet. You also run the risk of slowing your metabolism, meaning when you resume a normal diet, less energy will be burnt and potentially more fat will be stored.

These problems may be combatted by consuming juice more frequently (every 2-3 hours) and balancing your juices by adding protein, either in the form of powder supplements or natural sources such as almond milk or Greek yogurt. Juices can also be surprisingly calorie dense, especially when predominantly fruit. The actual process of juicing fruit and vegetables can also remove some of their natural benefits; of particular concern is the absence of fiber.

If viewed as a short term revitalizing and cleansing fast, juicing can be an extremely positive part of a healthy lifestyle, especially when combined with a balanced diet and regular physical exercise. As a long term weight loss solution however it is a fad diet that cannot and should not be sustained for long periods.

Initial dramatic weight loss may indeed occur, however little will be done for long-term weight maintenance.

If you do decide to try a juice fast you should consult your healthcare professional first and discuss any individual potential risks. Juicing is not recommended for people suffering diabetes and heart disease nor is it suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women. Always include a wide selection of fruits and vegetables, washed thoroughly before use and where possible choose organic produce to eliminate concentrated consumption of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers (particularly in leafy greens).

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