I have been on every diet out there. You know what I discovered its a lifestyle change
One-third of the population is on a diet and one-third of the population is trying to maintain their weight at any one time.
North Americans are spending over thirty billion dollars each and every year on diets.
So why is the waistline of North Americans continuing to expand at an unprecedented rate? One would have to conclude that diets simply do not work. The main reason diets do not work is because that they are a short-term solution for a long-term problem. The connotation is that if you are going to go on a diet, then sometime in the future you are going to come off that diet-usually returning to the unhealthy eating habits that created your weight problem in the first place. So even if you are able to lose weight on your diet, statistics show that almost all of you will gain the weight back and more in a very short period of time.
The answer is not in the most recent fad diet or weight-loss craze.
The answer is realizing that you must develop healthy lifestyles for a lifetime that happen to have the side effect of fat loss. You need to implement a long-term solution for a long-term problem. Understanding why you gained all your excess weight in the beginning is important, but you must realize that the answer is not in a diet.
Most diets are based on starvation and deprivation and all you do when you follow diets like that is you end up hungry and deprived and none of them are sustainable.
One of the other factors that contributes to why diets don’t work is that there is a long term chronic stress hormone called ‘cortisol’ and historically the only time humans made cortisol was when there was chronic stress, which in those days were during times of floods, famines and wars. Today however, people experience chronic stress from things like relationship challenges, their finances, their health, the health of a loved one or of course from the state of their weight.
Regardless of what is leading you to have an elevation of Cortisol, it communicates to every cell in your body that you need to store fat, not burn it.
Cortisol is also catabolic which means it breaks your muscles down and when you begin to break muscles down, that slows your metabolism down – a great thing if you truly were part of a famine. For most of us today though, we’re very blessed that food is abundant for us.
When you go on a diet, it can be a very stressful experience for your body, causing your cortisol level to elevate and your metabolism to slow down. Unless you do the emotional work and get to the heart of the matter, once you return to the way you used to eat (which around 83% of people do), you regain the weight you lost plus more because you’ve slowed your metabolism throughout the process.
There is no diet on the planet that will do what healthy eating does.
The answer is in a new, healthy lifestyle.
The health benefits are optimal health, increased energy and focus, lower blood pressure, decreased cholesterol and triglycerides, decreased risk of heart disease and diabetes, and of course, decreased weight. But the most important aspect is the fact that this will be permanent weight loss because you will choose to continue these healthy lifestyles for a lifetime.
This will simply just become a new way of life.
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