• Why You Need to Stop Dieting

    Have you lost weight on a diet that costs more than your paycheck?
    Did you gain the weight back the next month?
    Have you counted calories and lost no inches?
    Did you drink “shakes” in place of meals and feel hungry all day?

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’ve been a victim of a fad diet.  There’s no shame in trying everything within your reach to lose a few pounds.  You may be harming your body.  Fad diets are a temporary tool to shed quick pounds or inches but once you return to your usual eating habits or choices, you will gain the pounds or inches back.  To be successful, you need life challenging behaviors that will render long term affects.

    Want to know how to lose weight or inches the right way?  Don’t diet!  Instead, change your lifestyle.  I know it’s easier said than done but it’s not impossible.  Changing the way you make daily choices will lead to a healthier life.  The best diet is not a diet at all, but a way of life that includes food you enjoy, exercise, and healthy habits.

    Hurting More Than Helping

    Our bodies are like vehicles, without the proper mix of gasoline, oil, and other essential components, the vehicle won’t run correctly.  In some cases, a lack of oil can ruin a vehicle, a lack of gasoline can make it not run at all.  Our bodies need a proper balance of nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, and fat to run properly.

    When you go on a fad diet and exclude necessary nutrients, you’re putting yourself at risk for becoming ill. Getting too little of any nutrient may not cause an immediate problem, but if your lacking for a long time, can lead to health problems later.

    Healthy Habits

    The only way to have a healthy body is by healthy living.  Filling your body with the correct nutrients and fighting off cravings can be hard but when you determine in your mind that you want to be healthy, anything is possible

    Portion Control

    Self control is a tool we have within our mind that we can use to our advantage.  When it comes to food, there is no need to deprive yourself of the food you love, but there is a need for self control.  Research has shown that from 1970 to the present, portion sizes of hamburgers, burritos, tacos, french fries, sodas, ice cream, pie, cookies, and salty snacks has increased – both at home and at restaurants. Society has tried to trick your mind into thinking you must eat a lot to be fulfilled.  When you retrain your mind and body with correct portion sizes, you’ll not only feel better after each meal, you will lose a few pounds and feel happier.

    Some examples of proper portion sizes include:

    • A cup of fruit should not be larger than your fist.
    • An ounce of cheese is about the same as the size of your thumb from base to tip.
    • 3 ounces of meat, fish, or poultry should be about the size of your palm.
    • 1 to 2 ounces of nuts equals your cupped hand.

    Here are some tricks to with portion control:

    • Serve your meals on salad plates instead of large dinner plates.
    • Store snack foods in reusable snack size bags.
    • When ordering out, share your entrée with a friend.
    Five a Day

    To ensure your body is receiving the right amount of nutrients daily, make it a habit to consume at least 5 servings of fruits and/or vegetables a day.  5 servings equals about 4 cups of fruits and veggies.  Here are some tips to get your 5 servings everyday:

    • Snack on raw vegetables or fruits instead of chips or pretzels. Keep sugar snap peas, raisins or carrot sticks in your car, your office or your purse.
    • Add fruit to your oatmeal or yogurt at breakfast.
    • Use chunky salsa instead of thick, creamy snack dips.
    • Add frozen veggies to any pasta dish.
    • Keep fruits and vegetables in line of sight. Grapes, oranges, bananas, and apples make a colorful bowl arrangement on the table. If you see them, you will eat them.
    • If you must have pizza, load on extra veggies and pineapple instead of fatty meats and extra cheese.

    Besides being packed full of nutrients, fruits and vegetables can also be quite filling. They may even ward off any empty calorie snacking that might follow!

    Exercise

    The idea of exercise can be intimidating.  I have struggled myself with the overwhelming feeling of finding the time for it, am I doing it right, should I join a gym, and other consuming thoughts.  Exercise can be as simple or complicated as you want it to be.

    If you don’t exercise at all, start small and slow.  Set a daily goal to walk for 10 minutes.  Walking 10 minutes, 4 times a week is instantly 40 minutes of exercise.  When you space it out, it won’t feel so overwhelming.  Once you feel confident, add to the goal.  Before you know it, you will have formed a healthy habit of exercising.

    Some examples of exercise can include:

    • Walking
    • Running/Jogging
    • Bike Riding
    • Swimming
    • Chores: vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, mowing, gardening
    • Sports: basketball, tennis, soccer, golf
    • Join a class/group: Zumba, Yoga, Jazzercise

    Warning Signs

    Many times our body is telling us something is wrong without us realizing it.  Do you suffer from any of these signs:

    • Low energy
    • Fatigue
    • Constipation
    • Brain fog or unable to focus
    • Feeling depressed or anxious
    • Sluggish metabolism or trouble losing weight
    • Constant craving for sugar or caffeine
    • Trouble sleeping
    • Unexplained headaches
    • Skin problems
    • Stiffness or soreness

    If you deal with any of those, your body could be begging for a detox or daily change.  Making sure you take care of your body is as important as oil changes and tire rotations on your vehicle.  It’s not always convenient or easy but it is necessary.

    I personally have found that my use of Plexus has made a big change in my healthy habits.  Plexus offers several products that don’t just promote weight loss but promote healthy living.  While choosing to exercise, eat better, and make better daily choices is essential to being a better you; adding Plexus may be just what you need to feel better and give you the energy to stick to your goals.

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