Diets and most weight loss products will only give you a temporally weight loss. It’s not a reduction of fat, just muscles and liquid. Short term solution doesn’t do anything with what controls your automated habits either, so your “weight loss” must be kept by short-term willpower, nor can it be integrated in your busy every day life as a natural way of life.
With a true and lasting weight loss you lose fat. Also, your neurology and biochemistry will be changed, so that you establish new and healthier habits that runs on autopilot. Your new eating habits and your new lifestyle do also get established based on how the brain operates, and are well adjusted to a normal and natural every day life. To gain a true and lasting weight loss—these principles must be followed;
1. Everyone is unique
There is no “one size fits all” solution; even weight loss and good health require tailoring.
2. Living from the inside out
We have to listen more to our own bodies and our inner wisdom, and less to experts and the media—both conventional and social. We have to live from the inside out and not from the outside in.
3. The brain controls all behavior
The brain controls everything we do, including what, when, how much, how often and how we eat. That’s why all weight loss has to start with the brain, and not on a plate.
4. Common sense and no miracles
We have been trained to believe that lasting weight loss is complicated, difficult and virtually impossible to achieve. Don’t be fooled. True and lasting weight loss comes from small, simple, natural and sensible steps you already take in your everyday life. Some of them just need a little fine-tuning.
5. Drop the diets!
Drop all diets and weight loss plans. All they’ve done is:
• disrupt our biochemistry…
• add to our stress…
• make weight loss and good health more complicated than it needs to be…
• make the world heavier…
6. Drop all weight loss products!
Drop all diet pills, shakes, powders, meal replacements and other diet products. They have no place in a natural lifestyle, true and lasting weight loss or good health.
7. Distinguish between emotional hunger and physical hunger
Distinguish between emotional hunger and physical hunger. Only eat when you’re physically hungry. Emotional hunger can never be satisfied with food. When you feel emotionally hungry, your needs need to be addressed and satiated in other, more healthy ways than consuming unhealthy foods in large quantities.
8. Knowledge, insight and practical neurology—not willpower
True and lasting weight loss has nothing to do with willpower; it’s about knowledge, insight into yourself and practical neurology. Good, healthy habits have to be automated. They cannot be motivated or sustained by short-term willpower or all-our efforts.
9. The food industry has made us more hungry
Processed industrial foods are designed to make us hungrier and eat more. Their primary target is the brain’s reward center and our feelings, and not our need for varied, healthy, nutritious food.
10. “A calorie is a calorie”—or is it?
A calorie is not just a calorie, so counting them is not important. Quality is the important thing, and a key factor in both weight and health. Different calories do different “things” to our bodies before they are burned. Some do good things, others cause damage or disease.
11. More than “just” diet and exercise
Lasting weight loss and good health require a holistic perspective, not a singular focus or expertise. To achieve true and lasting weight loss, eight areas affect and determine your weight. If we’re conscious of them, we are able to achieve a better balance, and a healthier life:
You have to know what you really want, and have a clear direction in life—even when it comes to weightloss and good health.
Nutrition is not as difficult and complex as we sometimes believe. The three most important “rules” are: use real, clean and fresh ingredients, eat much less sugar, and eat much more fiber. Don’t forget that what we drink normally make up about 25% of our total calorie intake.
Movement and regular, daily physical activity is under-rated; hard exercise is over-rated.
D) Eating habits
How we eat is just as important as what we eat.
We have to live more from the inside out and not from the outside in. If we feel better about ourselves and meet our own basic needs, we don’t need artificial and unhealthy external stimuli.
Our surroundings and our environment also affect our weight. Start with your own kitchen counter and cabinets.
Too little (or too much) and poor quality sleep makes it easier to put on weight and harder to lose it.
Stress leads to unhealthy eating habits and emotional eating, and it affects your biochemistry, which also affects your weight. It’s entirely possible to feel good and live in the moment, even when life is hard.
12. Lose weight; nutrition—Get in shape; exercise
If you want to keep focusing solely on food and exercise, food trumps exercise if you want to lose weight. If you want to get in better shape, you have to think both diet and exercise.
13. Know what you are eating
Know what you’re really eating and drinking. Always read the fine print. Read the product labeling and not just the marketing. Go on a sugar hunt.
14. “Some day” is today!
“Some day” is today—start today! Investing in a healthy lifestyle and good health is the best decision we can make.