==== ====NOTICE: You should check out the diet that compliments the exercise! Click on the link.www.bodyfatlosstoday.com==== ====Current levels of overweight and obese Americans, together with weight-related diseases, havemade weight control a major health priority in America. Yet statistics indicate that average weightreduction on conventional diets adds up to a mere 5-8 pounds per year. So why do we find dietingso difficult? According to a recent survey (1), the answer seems to be because we make 3 crucialmistakes. These mistakes include: 1) we dont have a good enough incentive; 2) we allowourselves to go hungry; and 3) we cant cope with "bad days".The weight loss survey conducted by annecollins.com asked dieters to select the three biggestproblems they faced when dieting. The most common problems reported were: "Inadequateincentive to lose weight" (76%); "Hunger" (72%); and "Bad days" (70%). Although these results willcome as no surprise to most dieters, they highlight the importance of motivation in the dietingprocess. Below we explore how these problems occur, and what steps you can take to overcomethem.Why Do We Need an Incentive?We gain weight because we take in more energy than we use. Either because we eat too manycalories, or burn too few, or both. So if we want to reduce weight, we need to improve our eatingand exercise habits. And this is not easy, because lets face it - old habits are not easily discarded,especially if they involve cutting out our favorite treats. We need a powerful incentive to help uschange. Specifically, we need to answer this question: "How exactly will I benefit from losingweight?"When faced with this question, many dieters have no answer. Those who do, typically reply with:"Ill feel better" or "my health will improve". Others explain they are trying to lose weight to pleasetheir doctor, or their partner, or simply because they are "overweight". Unfortunately, none of thesereasons are strong enough to help us succeed. So when temptation strikes, we are unable toresist.So...What Type of Incentive is Best?Our motivation to lose weight must be based on an intrinsic, specific benefit. Examples mayinclude an upcoming beach holiday, or a family occasion, or the achievement of a specific fitnessgoal. It must be as specific as possible (general benefits are less useful) and ideally related to afixed date to create an "end goal". Losing weight to please others rarely works. The advice I giveto my clients is very simple: Do not bother dieting unless you have a good, internal incentive.Because no matter how good the diet, no matter how valuable the exercise plan, unless you havea powerful reason to change your habits, you wont succeed.Hunger Kills DietsMost dieters are still convinced that calories are their enemy. They think the less they eat, thefaster they are likely to lose weight. This is not true. In reality, the less we eat, the more our bodyfeels deprived and hungry, which makes it easier to fall into temptation. The human body is trainedto eat when hungry and no amount of willpower will neutralize this basic urge. This is why bingeeating is such a common response to low calorie diets.
How to Avoid HungerNo rocket science here. Avoiding hunger simply means eating regularly throughout the day, andkeeping your calorie intake above 1000-1200 per day. This prevents hunger, thus reducing theurge to overeat, and in addition helps to maintain a regular high level of calorie-burning whichallow your body to go into deprivation mode. As long as your calories are in check, dont be afraidof eating. The real danger is in not eating enough and ending up hungry and depressed. This is arecipe for a binge."Bad Days" and The Problem of PerfectionNo dieter is perfect. The truth is, all dieters experience "bad days" or fall into occasionaltemptation. Sadly, most dieters insist on "being perfect". They cannot tolerate lapses. When they"mess up" they fall to pieces. "Im useless! Im a failure!" they cry. Overwhelmed by guilt about notbeing perfect, they then quit their diet in disgust.Its the Guilt That Does the DamageIn this situation, the actual binge is typically fairly harmless. I mean, we need to eat a hugequantity of food (3500+ calories) to gain even one pound of weight. The real damage is caused bythe ensuing guilt and continuation of binge if we have "given up" on our diet. And this is what weneed to address.Guilt Comes From Trying to Be PerfectAll dieters make mistakes and this is perfectly normal. Having an occasional binge is no cause foralarm. Even my most successful clients - those who have lost 100+ pounds - had regular lapses.The difference is, they didnt see themselves as "perfect" individuals. So they felt "entitled" tomake occasional mistakes, and so should you. Once you accept this, you will find dieting a wholelot easier.We Need Support to Make These ChangesIn order to overcome the 3 problems described above, an essential first step is to find propersupport. This is just as important as choosing the right diet plan, because no matter how good thediet, it cant motivate you to stay on track. Dieting is ten times easier when you receiveencouragement from others. When we are alone and isolated, the smallest obstacle can seem likea mountain. But when we have people behind us, anything is possible.Notes:(1) Weight Loss Survey by annecollins.com. A total of 17,403 subjects replied to the survey. Theywere asked to choose 3 from a list of 10 diet-problems. The results were as follows:(1) Inadequate Incentive (76%).(2) Hunger (72%).(3) Bad Days (70%).(4) Boredom (69%).(5) Stress (60%).(6) Interference From Others (51%).(7) Too Much Eating Out (32%).(8) Eating on The Run (28%).
(9) Ill-health (5%).(10) Lack of Sleep (1%).==== ====NOTICE: You should check out the diet that compliments the exercise! Click on the link.www.bodyfatlosstoday.com==== ====