When most people think of weight loss, they associate it with strict dieting and restriction. Most studies show that this approach to dieting is innefective 93% of the time, as the dieter is unable to sustain such a restricted diet and any weight lost is quickly re-gained. While calorie restriction is important to a successful diet, more important is the kind of foods you eat. A well balanced whole foods diet is the most effective way to loose weight and keep it off for the long term. What does a well balanced whole food diet mean? Basically it is a diet that based on non-processed foods from ALL food groups. The evidence suggests that if you approach your diet this way, it is quite hard to become overweight. A consultation with a registered Nutritionist or Dietician will help you to develp personal goals and a strategy for long term weight loss that is tailored to your lifestyle and requirements. If you dont have the time or budget for this, I have developed a healthy, well balanced 2 week intensive weight loss plan, that will suit almost anybody.
Weight loss requires a multifaceted approach, because everyone has a unique lifelong combination of food habits that can contribute to weight gain and overeating.
Primarily, our modern lifestyles are often so busy that getting the right amount of calories from the right foods can be a challenge. When under stress our bodies run in survival mode – the brain sending send signals in the form of cravings.
Cravings are generally for the most energy dense foods i.e. sugar, fat or caffeine and they are the result of a lifetime of your brain recording everything you eat, so it knows these foods are a very efficient source of fuel and stimulation for the least amount of effort.
Another aspect to overeating is psychological and emotional stress. This can be more of a challenge to change but with some basic steps you can be on your way to mind/body balance and you will find weight loss will be soon to follow.
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