Have clearly defined rules
If you’re trying to lose weight by being a “generally healthy,” you likely already know that it just doesn’t work.
You try to eat the right foods, avoid sugar, do all the right things, and it still just doesn’t work out.
That’s because there are no clearly defined rules. It’s too easy to cheat and too easy to justify social events and ‘just this once’s.’
Compare this to being a vegan. How often do you see them eat a piece of pizza or a chicken leg? (Okay there are some out there that do, but most wouldn’t even think of it!)
Not necessarily you need to be a vegan, but find a healthy diet or a cause that you think will fit you.
The point is that there is a major difference between the following two statements:
“I can’t eat that.”
“I do not eat that.”
The first implies “I can’t eat that… right now…” The second implies “I don’t eat that… ever…”
See the difference?
The Diet Must Be Aggressive
There have been tons of recent studies conducted on aggressive and militant diets, and they generally always rule out over more relaxed diets.
What does aggressive mean? Well an aggressive diet is a strict one.
But it goes beyond having a set of clearly defined rules. There are still a lot of overweight vegans and paleos and everything in between in the world.
Some vegans eat processed, fake cheese and fake meat products. The point is to give up cheese. It’s not to search for a processed “pseudo cheese” product to replace it.
How many paleo brownies and cupcake recipes have you seen on Pinterest? Coconut flour and sugar are STILL flour and sugar. Sure, they are a bit healthier. But only marginally.
Build healthy habits to replace the old ones
When we have too much time on our hands, we tend to think about our food cravings (especially when they are in the house) and justify those ‘just this once’s.”
The solution is to keep yourself busy. Do things that will keep you constantly reminded of your healthy goals.
Making time for a 30-minute walk every day is a constant reminder of the commitment that you have made to be healthier, and it will make it easier to make good decisions about your diet.
Drink a lot of healthy drinks though out the day
This goes hand-in-hand with the above point about healthy habits.
Warm Lemon Water – Start the day with this because it’s incredibly detoxifying and helps me get in some water in the morning. The natural enzymes from the lemons are great for your digestive system on an empty stomach in the morning.
Matcha Green Tea – Because who doesn’t want a big cup of antioxidants in the morning!? 10x the amount of antioxidants in regular green tea!! I drink 2 cups in the morning. Put them in yeti, so they stay hot.
Coffee –Coffee is filled with all kinds of antioxidants, increases productivity, suppresses appetite, and tons more when it comes to health benefits. You can also drink decaf if you have trouble with caffeine.
Apple Cider Vinegar Water – ACV is great for gut health, suppressing appetite, joint health, and lots more. You can drink 1 tbsp in as little as 8oz of water (or take a shot of it), but it is recommended to mix 1-2 tablespoons in my very large water bottle and drink it over the course of an hour or so.
Water – Make sure to drink at least 100 oz of water every day (lemon water and ACV water count towards this). Most of the time when we think we are hungry, we are actually just thirsty.
Focus less on exercise
What!? Yes, you heard it right.
Why? Because dieting is hard enough as it is! And because only 15% – 20% of your weight loss results will come from exercise anyway. Diet is So much more important.
Focus your first week or 2 on really solidifying your goals and your healthy habits. Only when you feel pretty comfortable with where you are at and heading should you work exercise into it.