If you've ever had a problem with your weight, you've probably tried one diet after another. At first you stick to it. You're excited about the upcoming results. You think this is the one that will finally put an end to your weight problems. But your body doesn't seem to want to cooperate.
You count and measure and deprive yourself of eating all the foods you love. You are in a contest with yourself to change. You think your body is working against you and ultimately it will win out, yet again, and the pounds will stay stubbornly in place. You will not lose weight.
Your Body is Not Working Against You
Let's get rid of the contest mentality. What is needed is a lifestyle change. Not a strict diet. No more measuring and deprivation to the point of starvation. Your body is not your enemy. It is doing its best to keep you going with what you are giving it as fuel. Unless you have an illness that does put you on a restrictive diet, you have many healthy options open to you.
People need to be able to live life and make food choices that are nutritious and filling and appropriate to the occasion. You're in control. You make the choices. You can lose weight. A few bad choices can not wreck a diet. It is perfectly okay to indulge a craving once in a while. Just remember the body needs nutrients to keep you going. Junk foods are junk; meaning there is no nutritional value to them whats so ever.
Will One Cookie Make Your Will Power Crumble?
When your body has not been getting the nutrition it craves, it asks for more and more food. It makes a person ravenous. Eating everything in sight. A cookie becomes an irresistible temptation; a bag of cookies a friend and then you are back to an old comfort zone that robs you of your health as pounds stay on and maybe even increase. Sabotaging weight lose.
In reality one cookie does not have to make your will power crumble. What is most important is the nutrition of the other things you choose to eat.
Diet Soda - A Healthy Alternative?
Artificially sweetened (no sugar) low calorie drinks are often promoted as healthy alternatives for weight loss and diabetes. However, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that these diet sodas are harmful to human health. Diet soda is not a health food. In fact, it's not a food at all, it's simply a container of liquid chemicals, a number of which may have negative effects on the body. Experts say diet sodas have been tied to increased risk of stroke and heart attack. While many people drink them as an aid to weight reduction, research suggests if you drink diet soda, weight gain may follow.
The Truth About Fats
As a society we have a misguided belief that all fats are bad. We believe that the best way to stay slim and healthy is to cut fats from our diet. In fact, fats are an absolutely necessary ingredient of any healthy diet. Fats aid in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and minerals, as well as help feed the body the nutrients it needs to function properly.
Fats are healthy in their natural state. Trans fats are not healthy by any stretch of the imagination. These substances contribute to obesity and obesity-related illnesses. This is true for trans fats and certain other unhealthy fats. But there are all kinds of healthy fats that can actually promote good health. Fill your plate with these and leave the others behind.
Wes Chapman is an award winning bodybuilder, personal trainer and athlete. He is also a natural weight loss blogger and advocate. To learn more about how you can lose weight effectively and naturally visit Burn the Fat or visit http://burnthefatfeedthemuscleadvocate.blogspot.com/