Trying Too Hard Sabotages Weight Loss
Most weight loss attempts fail simply because people try too hard. They set up high expectations of themselves and then gorge on the wrong foods when they cannot stick to the diet. This just makes their obesity problem worse.
If you want to lose pounds for good you need to forget about fad diets and lose weight he natural way. This means applying the principles of natural eating to your life. For some that means eating a vegan diet and for others it means including some meat in the diet as a protein source. Every individual is different when it comes to deciding what their body requires to survive.
Eating better often involves big lifestyle changes. Big changes are not accomplished overnight. You also can’t get anywhere if you insist on counting each and every calorie. Forget any ideas you may have about this entailing sacrifice, deprivation or days and days of eating nothing but a bland diet. Trying too hard like this simply does not work.
The key is that if you are eating vegan there is no need to count calories. Your body naturally knows what to do to keep you at a healthy weight.
Furthermore you will NOT ignore your body’s cues to eat as is true of other dieting. Feeling hungry is a sign that is something wrong. Part of a healthy weight loss plan is listening to your body’s messages.
Don’t ever think for two seconds that staying hungry will keep you thin. In fact the exact opposite happens. Your body slows down the burning of your metabolism to a very slow rate. It is a defense mechanism against hunger.
You can also think of eating a vegan diet as a worry free way to eat because your body knows what to do with the substances that you are ingesting. This is because you are consuming nutrients and not chemical.
The reason your body is more efficient with these types of foods is because fruits, vegetables and grains are much less dense in energy than animal foods. They simply pack fewer calories per cupful or spoonful.
This is because fat has nine calories per gram while carbs and protein only have four calories per gram. In addition good carbs like fruits, vegetables and whole grains contain great amounts of fiber. Fiber makes you feel full and adds almost no calories to your meal.
In some studies, those who follow whole foods, low-fat, plant-based diet consumes fewer calories. It's not because they're starving themselves. In fact, they will likely spend more time eating and eat a larger volume of food than their meat-eating counterparts.
This means that every time you eat a healthy meal, you may reduce the calories that you consume, digest and absorb, even if you eat significantly more food at one sitting.
Food deprivation just does not work. The beautiful thing about a vegan diet is that you do not deny yourself food. This is because weight loss due to calorie restriction almost never leads to long-term weight loss.