It’s Super Bowl 50 and I’m snuggled with my 11 year old on the couch flipping through twitter during the penalties and I see Adidas Football posts “You can’t beat what you can’t block.” Ah-Ha!! In football speak THAT is the key to weight loss! If you can block your hunger, like an offensively lineman, you’ll have the opening to score into your dream body! BE tough! Hold your blocks!
I tried my first diet at age 14 and have dappled in every diet that comes into vogue. I have been fat free, lo carb, no carb, vegetarian, vegan, alkaline, all carrots, food combining, blood typing, lemon/maple fast, sugar free, even the “only beer for dinner” diet; although that was a very very long ago. There are also regional diets: French, South Beach, Sonoma, Hollywood with interesting recipes, but so much pretension about the “should” and “should not” for your meal selections. So here is my unscientific conclusion about dieting for weight loss: The only way to lose weight is to be either hungry or bored. My diet plan will not dispel this theory (sorry.)
I have worked in fitness, where weight loss is always a hot topic for over 15 years and students repeatedly ask me how to lose weight. I am 5 foot 9 and excluding years of pregnancy always maintain approximately 135-140 lbs. My response used to be based on calorie burning, and I would say, “Your body needs more fat burning exercise. Your body performs better when blood is flowing through lean muscle mass and your endorphin levels rise.” I still believe that is a critical component to happiness but maybe not weight loss. I notice now that exercising more doesn’t necessarily guarantee weight loss; extra exercise makes most people extra hungry. Manage your diet and your relationship to food from the inside. Feel your own hunger. This is the only way to lose weight and keep it off. The key is changing your choices and lifestyle from the inside out.
I have truly never found a diet that I felt was reasonable. Most diets are too restrictive or exacting for what I can comfortably maintain. I detest the labeling that traditional diets seem to place on every food; with some foods as good or bad. I just want to say, “REALLY?!?! my apple fritter has a moral designation!?” This is not a self-righteous or judgmental program; it is simply what works. I have seen it work in real life for my clients over and over. You deserve to look and feel however you want to. If you decide to, you CAN transform yourself – from the inside out.
Fill your Cup.