According to Science Daily, the number one reason why diets fail is because dieters underestimate the amount of calories they consume.
I call bullshit on that. In my opinion, the number one reason why diets fail is because dieters want to eat things that most diets don’t permit.
In short, diets suck. I am not prepared to go for extended periods of time avoiding the foods that I love in the name of weight loss. I love beer, pizza, chocolate, and ice cream, and I don’t want to avoid eating them as part of a long-term eating regime. There has to be a better way.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to change your eating habits in more acceptable ways that result in weight loss. You can have your cake and eat it too – literally. In this post I want to focus on some simple changes you can make to your eating habits that will result in just as much satisfaction from what you eat, but with less impact on your waistline. Continue reading How to Lose Weight (Without Dieting)
There are a lot of negative connotations associated with weighing yourself. While stepping on the scales and seeing that your weight has dropped is a rewarding experience, plenty of people walk into the bathroom in the morning with a sense of dread – fearing what will stare back at them on the dial.
With the above in mind, some argue that the act of weighing yourself can not only be discouraging, but can even be psychologically damaging.
In this article, I will help you to decide whether you should weigh yourself. I will address both the pros and cons of doing so, and give you the information you need to make the best decision relative to your unique personality and circumstances.
The process of losing weight can be simple and sustainable, or complicated and ultimately unsuccessful. I advocate the former approach over the latter.
To illustrate the simplicity of weight loss, if someone asks me what they should do, I suggest they implement just one small habit to start with. They’re typically surprised that my recommendation has nothing to do with consciously trying to eat less.
Instead, the simple habit I recommend is this: every time you decide to eat something, before you do, drink a glass of water and wait a few minutes. Do this before every single snack and meal.
When it comes to dieting, most of us want to lose weight as quickly as possible. We draw on our disproportionately large short-term motivational reserves to embark on an ambitious weight loss campaign that promises big rewards in a short space of time.
It can work too. One can lose an awful lot of weight very quickly by following many popular commercial diets. However, it is often for naught, as the weight creeps back on over the succeeding weeks and months.
What most of us don’t consider is a diet that offers sustainable and controllable weight loss of just 1lb (or less) per week.
Does that sound like a slow death to you? It shouldn’t. You’re framing your opinion of such a diet based on your experience with fad diets – those that impose restrictive rules and require enormous amounts of willpower. But a diet that promotes gradual weight loss over a long period of time only involves relatively small sacrifices and simple adjustments in your mindset to produce positive results. Meanwhile, you can largely go on eating just as you were before.
Controllable weight loss and long-term weight management should be about small increments, not huge leaps. After all, huge leaps one way usually lead to huge leaps back in the opposite direction.
I used to eat footlong Subways like they were going out of fashion. It wasn’t at all unusual for lunchtime to involve an entire 12” meatball marinara sub with cheese and calorie-packed chipotle sauce.
However, in recent years, I had weaned myself off footlongs and onto mere six-inch subs. Over time, the new habit of eating smaller subs firmly established itself, and I no longer craved footlongs. in fact, the mere thought of eating a footlong sub was often overwhelming, as I knew that my stomach couldn’t easily manage that volume of calories for lunch. (This is great example of how habits can change your underlying motivations, but I digress.)
For reasons that aren’t entirely clear to me and for the first time in a long time, my well-established six-inch sub habit was challenged a few days ago. I was queuing up in Subway at lunchtime when I was struck by an overwhelming urge to order a footlong.
The last post on Healthy Enough (before this one) was published on 3rd June 2014 – over three years ago.
Three years is a long time. Whether you’re a longtime Healthy Enough reader or new to the blog, you might wonder where I’ve been for the past 38 months or so.
I’d say you’re right to wonder, and that you deserve an explanation. After all, I’ve set a high bar in terms of what I want to achieve with this blog – given that I’ve been absent for so long, why should you treat me seriously?
I was at the gym today running on the treadmill when a news story came on the overhead television. The story stated that certain plate colours were linked to the amount of food people put on them and therefore had a profound effect on weight loss.
That’s a new one…
Now, I’m very interested in the psychology behind weight loss and eating habits and decided to do a little research on the subject.
As it turns out (not surprisingly), there are numerous different opinions and so-called studies that indicate which plate colour is associated with allotting different portion sizes and the amount of food we eat because of it.
At least, that’s how I see it. I’m 6’1″ and a notch or two under 200lbs. Consult a BMI chart and I’m technically overweight, but I feel pretty healthy, and I’d rather trust my own subjective measure than one so simplistic as BMI.
But here’s what I’m not: what most guys want to be. You know – toned, lean, buff, head-turning. And I wish I was, as many of us do.
If you were to embark on a diet, detox or new exercise program, what would be your motivator? The end result? The challenge of willpower?
What about doing it because you can feel the difference in your body?
Forget about seeing the difference. Ensuring you’re happy with your next beach photo on Facebook is motivating, but knowing that your body is benefiting from your new regime is more important. By feeling what your body is going through, you’re learning a skill: listening to your body. It may seem simple, but is a great asset when dieting or generally being conscious of your health.
According to Science Daily, the number one reason diets fail is because dieters underestimate the amount of calories they consume.
In reality, it goes far deeper than that. Miscounting calories isn’t the problem. That’s only an indicator of a far greater issue: that the dieting measures most people take are overly prohibitive.
Many of us associate dieting with restriction and sacrifice — doing things we don’t want to do in order to improve ourselves. That association (and the subsequent actions we take as a result) is typically what trips us up when it comes to losing weight.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. I have discovered that you can lose weight and keep it off without making any drastic lifestyle changes. Furthermore, I’ve made it my personal goal to reveal this truth to as many people as possible, which is why you’re reading this.