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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Why How To Eat Isn't Enough For Weight Loss

Brian Klemmer published a book entitled "If how-to's were enough we would all be skinny, rich and happy"

His point is that knowledge alone is not enough to allow us to make the changes we want. There is another big problem with knowledge. especially in relation to weight loss. There is an endless stream of it.

It seems that there is a new diet every week or month. Magazines and television programmes like Dr Oz survive on offering new diets and weight loss tips. In a year there is so much information shoved in our faces, but it can't all be right.

The problem for you is sorting out fact from fiction. But the problem goes even deeper, because many nutritional experts can't sort it our either.

Think about this:

We have the conservative dieticians who still refer to the food pyramid. This was a good idea in 1975.

We have doctors who have almost zero training in diet, who follow government medical guidelines, also stuck in the 1970's.

We have vegans, vegetarians, paleo supporters, ketogenic diet proponents, zone diet lovers, plus all the book based promoted diets like the South Beach diet, the Mediterranean diet, the CSIRO diet, and the list goes on.

So what do you do?

Firstly never eat anything that is advertised on television. It's highly likely that it's going to be harmful to you.

Secondly eat foods that are real. Plenty of vegetables, some fruit, a variety of nuts, fish, real meat, with the occasional processed meat, some dairy especially butter, olive oil and coconut oil.

If you are a vegetarian obviously don't eat meat. Include lentils and some beans. But be aware that if your gut flora has been damaged you will struggle with beans until the gut has been repaired.

You will have noticed that few of the above foods come in a packet, a tin or a bottle.

74% of all processed foods contain sugar, and most contain salt. Sugar causes diabetes, heart disease, fatty liver disease and tooth decay, and appears to be associated with cancer and dementia.

The message here is simple but knowing how to fix your diet is not enough.

There are a few other things which are equally important.

You must want to fix your diet and be healthier.
You must a solid reason for making the necessary changes.
You may need to seek support in the way of hypnosis or stress management to get you past your sugar addiction.
Be excited about losing weight, be determined to stick to your diet, but be aware that some days you will feel neither excited nor determined, and have a back up plan.