3 main steps for a successful diet
You look to the heavens in despair and pray that the muffin and ice cream gods will take you now! But don't give up! In addition to diet, there may also be some lifestyle factors that you haven’t considered, and may never have even known about, that are hindering your all-important goal of weight loss. To help you in your pursuit of weight loss happiness, here are 3 important diet and lifestyle points:
Remove all processed/simple carbohydrate and high sugar foods from your diet i.e. white bread, white rice, white pasta, ice cream, desserts, cakes, pastries, etc, because your body absorbs this type of food very quickly. It will be counter-productive for your weight loss goal, as these foods will lead to a sharp rise in your blood sugar levels, and this abundance of sugar your body are stored in your fat cells, which in turn can leads to weight gain. In opposition you can foster complex carbohydrates and healthier snacks i.e. whole meal bread, brown rice, brown pasta, quinoa, almond nuts, seeds, celery and carrot with hummus, berries, etc, as these type of foods will provide your body with a more sustainable source of energy as your body will break down and absorb the sugar from the whole grains slowly, preventing storage of excess sugar in your fat cells and helping with weight loss.
Following on from stress is the importance of sleep. Getting adequate, uninterrupted sleep is important for the body, especially if you are struggling to lose weight. If your body isn’t getting adequate rest, it will remain in a stressed state and, as noted earlier, frequent stress can lead to weight gain and also make it difficult to lose any excess weight that you have.
Frequently exposing your body to toxins through lifestyle and work environments i.e. if you work in a job where you are frequently exposed to pesticides, if you work in a drycleaners, if you take frequent airplane flights, cycle daily in heavy traffic, etc, can make it harder for your diet and to lose excess weight. This is because your body stores toxins in your fat cells, and will not break down fat and release these toxins into your body (no matter how much exercise you do) if your liver is under-performing and unable to neutralize such toxins effectively. One should therefore try to reduce exposure to toxins as much as possible, consume fruit and vegetables that are high in antioxidants and also foods that stimulate the liver i.e. asparagus, artichoke, rocket, watercress etc, which will assist with liver function.
Remember that, in addition to improving a poor diet, it is of equal importance to manage and improve (where possible) areas of your life that cause you prolonged stress. Take small steps to achieve this and get the support of your partner, close friends and family to help when times are tough and you will be well on your way to shedding those kilos.
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