Losing weight is hard work, and just getting started and sticking to the plan takes a lot of motivation. So when you’ve stuck to it, keeping yourself on course, and you don’t lose weight, it’s horribly demotivating. It just doesn’t make sense. There are some diet problems which can cause you to retain that weight, though, and here are the 7 most common...
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I often look at my shopping, and add in some oranges and other healthy fruit because I know I should eat them. All this does is cost me money. They arrive, get put away, never get eaten and are thrown away. The way around this? To go to a market. Feel the oranges, choose your own vegetables. It’ll create an anticipation to eat the food, and you’ll be much more likely to use it in a meal, which means less snacking!
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Convincing yourself to eat foods that don’t appetise you can be hard work. You will more often then not just have a few mouthfuls, and then leave it, causing you to be hungry and snack later. Solve the problem by telling yourself the nutritional benefits of each ingredient. What is doing for you? This really works!
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Pre made foods will always contain excess fat, sugar and preservatives, to keep it tasting right when you buy it. Learning to make these foods yourself could save you a lot of calories! I’ve learnt how to make soup from scratch, so I can add ingredients I like, and keep an eye on the calorie contents. I also use it to eat before big nights out, so that I don’t bloat. It makes a healthy-yet-excellent detox!
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There are a lot of white foods...sugar, rice, bread, flour, pasta...but none of them are that good for you. They tend to be full of carbohydrates, and can cause cravings due to the ‘gaps’ in energy release from them. Up to 70% of people have trouble digesting white starch, too, which could cause bloating and fatigue.
Most people have breakfast, lunch around 1pm, and dinner at around 7 or 8pm. This leaves a large gap between lunch and dinner...Too large! This will cause cravings, and make you snack on things that you don’t really need to eat. Solve the problem by splitting your lunch calories over two meals, one at 1pm, and one at 4pm.
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Most people will snack on bland foods, such as plain cheese or cheap chocolate. These foods have no real flavour...they aren’t worth the calories! Swap them for some stilton, or rich chocolate. The food has so much extra flavour, you’ll eat much less of it, and enjoy it much more!
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This is really, really common. If you eat in front of the TV, or when working, you’ll eat until you finish your plate. You’ll be distracted from your hormones, and will miss the signal that you have eaten enough. Paying attention too, and enjoying, your food will make it much easier to tell when you are full, and make the meal taste much better!
I’ve been trying these tips out, and I love them. I’ve stopped eating in front of the TV, and I’ve got rid of all the ‘filler’ foods, which have been replaced with tasty snacks like fruit. I’ve found that it works, too! I’ve lost those extra few pounds that wouldn’t go. Give it a try, and let me know if it works for you!
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