This article covers 5 strategies that work to help in achieving permanent, long-lasting weight loss because rather than simply dieting which is known to cause weight gain once the dieting is over, these strategies become part of your lifestyle.
Change Your Lifestyle to Achieve Permanent Results
Candida Cleanse – The cause of many health issues, including weight gain. This is something that may be done a few times a year to keep the overgrowth down.
Medication Adjustments – 2 ways to address medications that induce weight gain. Many times weight gain can be attributed to medications. Adjusting the type or amount with doctor supervision may help eliminate or control this issue.
Nutritional Changes – How making a few adjustments in your diet may be all you need. Trying to make too many changes only leads to failure and frustration. Making small permanent changes help to increase your success.
One Meal / One Day Off – Eating anything you like for one meal or one day of the week. This is one awesome way to keep that feeling of deprivation down to a minimum and allow you to have more control during times of temptation.
Becoming More Active – Taking it one step at a time to build up a healthy fitness routine. There are many ways to become more active without making huge changes in your lifestyle. Try the tips in this article to get you started.
Number One – CANDIDA Cleanse
The actual number one cause of feeling hungry all the time without the ability to satisfy your cravings can be attributed to the overgrowth of candida. All of us have this bacteria in our gut. However, due to the heavy amount of sugar in processed food and drinks candida gets out of control and begins to create numerous health issues; addiction to sugars, high carbs etc.
So, before you do anything else, it’s a good idea to go on a candida diet cleanse. How long you do this is going to depend on how bad the growth is in your gut as well as the type of cleanse you do.
In addition to eliminating the overgrowth of candida you’ll want to strengthen your probiotic bacteria in order to maintain a balance of both good and bad bacteria in your gut. This requires eating foods to enhance your probiotic bacteria and also foods that will feed your probiotic bacteria.
I have many friends who have overcome depression, anxiety, high blood pressure, and body aches and pains by going on the candida cleanse diet under the supervision of a local naturopathic doctor.
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My husband and I went on this cleanse and it improved our cholesterol and our blood pressure. His was too high, mine was too low. In addition we found we could live without dairy. Shocking as that was… Randy (hubby) used to eat cheese with every single meal!
Now we enjoy dairy on our day off, which you’ll learn about in hack number 4. Neither of us miss ice-cream or cookies (I used to bake those about 1ce a month) or any other type of junk food.
Of all the things you can do to help you lose weight and keep it off, this is the very first thing I’d recommend you consider.
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The next hack addresses other issues that may be causing your trouble with permanent weight loss.
Number Two – Address The Root Problem of Your WEight Gain
Before you can keep your weight off you need to know why you’ve gained it in the first place. For most people it’s a matter of eating too many of the wrong foods. However, there are more reasons why people are overweight than simply eating too much.
Here are some other reasons why you may not be able to lose weight or keep it off once you do lose it.
Medication – Check with your doctor to see if your medication could be the source of your weight gain and or problem with keeping weight off once you’ve lost it. If it is, you have two choices to hack the issue.
a. Change your medication. Easier said than done with some health issues but it is an option. There are new medications developed every day, check with your doctor to see if there are other options.
b. Learn how to overcome your health issue with good nutrition. Have you watched the movie, “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead”? This story is about a man who was on a lot of different medications. After juicing for a month or so he was able to get off all his medications.
My husband and I fixed our blood pressure, his high, mine too low, by eliminating dairy from our diet. In addition our cholesterol lowered. So by adjusting our diet we have improved two of our health issues.
Do your research and talk to your doctor about your desire to get off your medications. Do NOT go off medications on without proper supervision by your doctor. My husband was able to get off all of his 7 medications with the help of his doctor, whom by the way was thrilled about his desire to do so.
c. Stress eating. When you feel stressed or emotionally overwhelmed you may turn to food for comfort. This is not an easy thing to overcome. However, you can retrain your brain to seek other ways of lowering your stress levels.
Rather than eat, take a walk, read a book, get out of the room or environment that’s causing you to become stressed out. Set a time limit on when you can give into your desire to eat when you know you’re not actually hungry.
Try setting an alarm for 15 minutes. While you are waiting for the timer to go off get involved in something active. Distract yourself by doing something else. If you’re watching TV, stop watching it and try dusting a room or washing a few dishes. Something to get your mind off eating.
When the timer goes off you may find that your food craving has diminished and you are able to satisfy your desire to eat by drinking a cup of tea, eating an apple, or passing up eating altogether.
Number Three – Eat Your Nutrition Never Drink
It may seem obvious to some, but even today I’m still learning how to eat my nutritional needs. Our bodies crave vitamins, minerals, fats and protein. If we feed it what it needs there’s a good possibility it won’t pester us to eat more than we need.
The best foods are those that are live, fresh, and untainted by chemicals. This doesn’t mean you have to give up foods you love. It simply means you need to be balanced in how you eat them.
The second half of this hack addresses the massively overlooked way to put on quick pounds; drinking your calories. There are far too many drinks today that include empty calories. Soda, fruit juice and high-calorie coffee beverages.
Smoothies are great as long as they include fresh fruits, vegetables and proteins. Juicing can be highly beneficial, but juicing can get out of control with fruit juices that only enhance the problem with sugar addiction.
The best type of smoothies are low calorie, high protein, and well balanced nutritionally.
And that is a good segue into hack number four.
Number Four – Eat What You Love
One Meal, One Day a Week!
This is my favorite permanent weight loss hack. I love pizza. I just absolutely LOVE IT! More than cookies, pie, or chocolate. So, once a week for one meal I have what I love; pizza.
Some people do this all day. They will take the entire day off and eat what they love. You’ll have to decide what works best for you. The key in using this hack is to understand the goal. During the week you may see a wonderful piece of cherry pie that you wish you could devour. If you know you CAN have it on Saturday (or whatever day you set aside) you will be able to resist the temptation to eat it.
All week long you may find many things you’d love to eat. Write them down and then the day before your day off decide what it is you want the most. Then on the day you can eat it, eat it.
The really interesting thing about this is how easy it is to design your day off or one meal off around the foods you love. I find that my sugar cravings are very low and satisfied by eating apples. On my day off I’m really happy knowing I can have pizza. I really don’t need a lot of other things to satisfy my need for foods that are not healthy.
And now for the last hack…
Number Five – get more active
My life is full of sitting down a lot. I work on the computer and standing up is painful after a few minutes so I have to really work hard at moving around and making the most of it by doing so.
Here are 3 ways to help get your body more exercise when you live a less active lifestyle.
The first step to your new fitness program could be getting up 15 minutes early and stretching before you begin your day.
Take it week by week or month by month. Once you feel happy with your 15 minute stretching routine try using 5 of those 10 minutes to do jumping jacks and a few other easy to manage exercises.
When we look around online we see all sorts of great bodies that are in phenomenal shape. We may not be able to handle their strenuous routines at first. It may take a few weeks or a few months to build up enough strength and flexibility to handle more difficult aerobic workouts.
If you want to continue being motivated it’s a whole lot easier to do so when you’re muscles are not screaming at you due to trying to do too much on the first few days you’re working with new ways to move and exercise your body.
Keep it simple and add to your fitness routines as you continue to get stronger and used to your new schedule.
b. Start walking 15 to 30 minutes 3 to 5 times a week. Walking has incredible benefits for your body. For women, it actually can lower our risk of breast cancer by as much as we are walking. If we walk 30 minutes a day we’re lowering our risk by 30%.
Walking also help lower stress levels. In addition you can walk off your cravings. When you find yourself becoming overwhelmed by the desire to eat, take a 10 minute walk.
Your desire to eat may be due to boredom or from stress. Walking will help ease your stress. And if walking isn’t that appealing to you, try downloading an audio book and listen to it while you walk. A really good story could keep you walking for longer than 10 minutes without even realizing it.
c. Don’t skip through commercials. If there’s one thing most of us don’t have it’s “extra” time. However, almost everyone has time for TV, even if it’s just an hour or so in the evening. Why not take advantage of your TV time by using the commercials as your get up and move it “green light”.
When a commercial comes on, get up and do something for those few minutes. Got a few dishes that need to be washed, laundry that needs to be put into the washer? How about dusting a few book shelves?
Commercials last just a few minutes and if you get up every commercial and accomplish just one tiny task you’ll not only have a cleaner house, you’ll be raising your metabolism while you’re at it!
And there you have it, 5 hacks to help you keep the weight off permanently. 🙂