Finding Your Own Path to Being Well 

There are a lot of fad diets being advertised on TV that will help you lose the weight fast, so that you can look great, feel great, and show off that new bod for summer. Slimfast, Dr. Atkins’ New Diet, Protein Power, Sugar Busters, The Zone, Hydroxycut, Fit for Life, Dr. Shapiro’s Picture Perfect Weight Loss, are just some of these fad diets that promise major results in little time. These fad diets are actually be harmful to your health. As a general rule, you need to stay clear of diets and/or diet products that claim to do any of the following: 

  1. Claim to help you lose weight very quickly
  2. Promise that you will lose the weight and keep it off with no excercise. 
  3. If a diet plan sounds too good to be true, it probably is
  4. Limit your food choices or don’t offer balanced nutrition
  5. That focuses on food combinations. 
  6. Base their claims solely on before and after photos
  7. Endorsements from clients or experts in weight loss, science, or nutrition. 
  8. Require you to spend a lot of money, whether in advance or during the plan. 
  9. Draw the simplest conclusion from medical research. 

Let’s debunk some of these claims. Your body needs time to adjust after weight loss, and even during continued weight loss. Since your body needs time to adjust, the best thing is to lose the weight slowly. This also prevents lose skin, as this is a sign of fast weight loss. There is no research that proves that eating certain foods together in combinations speeds up weight loss. Also, those that limit your food choices deprives your body of necessary nutrition that it needs. 

Here are some tips for safe, and healthy weight loss as well as eating habits. 

  1. Eat breakfast every day
  2. Eat a variety of foods
  3. Watch the types of fat you consume
  4. Limit the amount of sugar in your diet
  5. Limit your consumtion of liquid calories by avoiding soda and alcohol.
  6. Exercise on a regular basis
  7. Be more physically active in your daily life. 

Here is the thing with diets, I feel that it is actually not a diet. You are eating to live, you are eating what works for your body, and you’re not eating things that your body doesn’t like. You know what does and doesn’t work for your body, because your body lets you know. When you feel sluggish after eating certain foods, thats your body telling you not to eat it. Trust and listen to your body, it’ll let you know what it likes and doesn’t like. 

Another key thing to finding what works for you, try different foods and suggestions. You never know, it might work for you. There is a very thin line with this. People love to take the opportunity to throw in a lot of propaganda and attempt to get into your head in order to persuade you to go with whatever they are doing. My suggestion is don’t do it. Just because one person is a vegetarian and it works perfectly for them, doesn’t mean that it will work for you. I’ll use myself as an example. I know that I feel horrible when I eat read meat, so I do not eat it. I will eat a cheeseburger occasionally because my body is craving it for the iron. When I do eat a cheeseburger, I mainly make it at home using 93/7 (that’s 93% lean and 7% fat). I mainly eat chicken, fish, and tofu which are my three main sources of protein. My vegetable and fruit intake is extremely high, but so is my intake of protein. I am a very active person, even at work, so I eat three (3) meals a day, along with two (2) to three (3) snacks. If I hit the gym, I’ll have a fourth (4) meal. Why a fourth (4) meal? Well, I’m in the gym anywhere from ninety (90) minutes to two and a half hours. My body needs a major refuel, and protein after strength training. I will refuel with brown rice, black beans and either chicken or tofu. I get carbs and tons of protein in that meal. 

One thing I am still trying to figure out and learn what works for me, is how to fuel my body during long runs. Chews and gels do not work for me at all. My body feels very sluggish and fatigued when I use them. When I don’t use them my body feels fantastic. During the Paris Marathon they had cubes of sugar on their water stations along with bananas, trail mix, etc. The sugar cubes helped me out a lot. Salt pills also help me out so much, but I do not have the timing down yet. Its a matter of constantly trying and seeing what works for you, along with timing. I’ve learned that timing is everything. 

There are no short cuts. Everyone puts in the work, and they do not quit. You will not see results right away, and you won’t even see the results you want to see right away. It takes months, even years to see the results you want to see. You just need to keep chipping away, and no matter how discouraged you might get, remember the prize. The prize is a healthier you. Healthy has no certain look, do not compare yourself to the girls you see in advertisements. Do not fall into the trap that society thinks you should be. Let your body take its own natural shape, and strength. Everyone is unique and beautiful. 

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