There is not enough room here to take up all 8 tips, so let’s just look at two that I cannot believe are there.
What do you think of this one?
Quote; “Eat the right number of calories, for how active you are, so that you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use. If you eat or drink too much, you’ll put on weight. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight. The average man needs around 2,500 calories a day (10,500 kilojoules). The average woman needs 2,000 calories (8,400 kilojoules). Most adults are eating more calories than they need, and should eat fewer calories.” Unquote.
Waow, now aint that helpful?
I am not disputing that if we eat too much of anything, we will put on weight, as that means more calories but it is not as simple as that. This theory was taking machines into account, your body is alive and has other ideas! Are you among the people who have been doing that and it has not worked? There are all sorts of reasons why, and if you go to you-tube and look up Zoe Harcombe, she will give you the science.
Another one is;
Quote; “Base your meals on starchy foods. Starchy foods should make up around one third of the foods you eat. Starchy foods include potatoes, cereals, pasta, rice and bread. Choose wholegrain varieties (or eat potatoes with their skins on) when you can, they contain more fibre, and can make you feel full longer.
Most of us should eat more starchy foods: try to include at least one starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram they contain fewer than half the calories of fat.” Unquote.
Consider this; We have seen all the news recently about how sugar is now the arch enemy with weight management and type 2 diabetes.
But did you know that when you eat starchy foods the body converts it to sugar?
Just try a little experiment. Put a piece of bread on your tongue and see what happens.
It becomes sweet! Why? Because the moment the starch enters the body, it goes to work converting it to sugar.
I like the bit about “Some people think starchy foods are fattening!” But just because they have less calories gram for gram, does not mean anything. This is simply taking calories and nothing else into consideration at all.
If only it was that simple!
These are just two of the tips in the above link, some of them make sense, but most of them not so much.
So before you do what your leaflet from the NHS tells you to, look it up for yourself.
Have a look at my website for reading material and also download a FREE weight loss tool kit there.That will explain all about nutrients and nourishment and a whole lot else that you need to know before embarking on any weight loss regime.
Have you ever wondered why it is that when you succeed at losing weight after a lot of effort, you just seem to lose control and put it back again?
One scenario, is the typical weigh-in at the slimming club.
Or you have just completed a successful week with a good loss, and you are patting yourself on the back.
Wey-hey you’ve done really well this week!
Then; you go home and find yourself in the fridge or food cupboard eating all the things that you have not had the previous week.
There are two things in play here. Reward or perhaps Self-Sabotage!
Let me tell you a true story. There was an eight year old girl, who was really good at art. She won first prize in a contest in a Scripture class for the best cover of the exercise book. The good feeling did not last, however, because she thought that actually she could do even better.
So what did she do next? She destroyed the cover and told the teacher that she had suffered an accident with it. Then proceeded to make another one. She thought that she could do it better and earn even more praise. But what she was actually doing was sabotaging her own efforts because deep down she could not recognise her own success.
That pattern continued with her for a very long time, and whatever she did in life, in her success, she ended up in someway sabotaging her own endeavors. Business, relationships and a weight loss.
Particularly with weight loss.
She put on weight and she lost it in a yo-yo fashion for most of her lifetime. The scene above at the slimming club was played out over and over again.
Can you identify with this?
Maybe your own weight management struggles are more deep seated than you imagine.
Maybe some coaching or mentoring would help you to look at this. Or maybe you can look at it yourself.
It would certainly be good to consider whether you are self-sabotaging in anyway.
Many people when looking into eating an healthy, real food diet, say that they cannot afford it.
But if you look at it more closely, you will find that you CAN afford it.
Firstly; think of all the money you will save not buying junk type snacks, take aways and soda drinks.
Secondly; Get a slow cooker, and buy the cheaper cuts of meat, and don’t buy expensive steaks and other expensive meats and fish. Buy carefully, and look at it as an adventure into a whole new way of living.
Thirdly; learn to cook!
It does not have to be difficult!
For example, when you have slow cooker, you can literally chuck your cubed stewing or caserole steak (which you bought instead of the expensive stuff) into the slow cooker, add what spices you like, garlic and onions and anything else you feel like adding, close the lid, switch it on and walk away.
8 hours later you have a delicious and economic meal.
Another idea is chicken curry, put your cubed chicken into the slow cooker, add onions, tinned coconut milk, curry paste and a little salt, and you have a Thai curry!
You may argue that chicken, especially organic is expensive, but it’s a lot cheaper that going to the takeaway, and you don’t even have to bother walking or driving up the road to get it!
And you will know where your chicken came from?
If you are thinking that vegetables and fruit are too expensive, then look again at how you can trade in the crisps and snacks in exchange for these. You don’t have to have them, they are unhealthy and a waste of money. But the veg will bring you proper nourishment.
If you google any of the sites under eating real food, you will find numerous ideas and recipes.
On a personal note, when I switched to eating real food, I immediately started to save £10 a week on my grocery bill.
Try it! And don’t let the grocery bill be your excuse.