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For some people losing weight can be an uphill struggle, a very demanding endeavor to say the least. There are so many different weight loss approaches and diet plans that the whole weight loss challenge can become really confusing.
Some people are unhappy with diets without a holistic approach, diets that don’t address their whole person and this alone is a hindrance to their weight loss success.
Unfortunately, when trying to lose weight many people struggle with the yo-yo diet phenomenon. It generally works like this:
They make a sincere effort to reduce their calorie intake for a period of time but after a while they lose their willpower and abandon their weight loss goal. One day they start cheating on their calorie count, then another day, a third time, and finally everything goes south once again with their weight loss attempts.
They end up gaining their lost weight back again and most of the times even a little more with the result that they are heavier than when they started.
A few months later, they commit to another diet and the whole depressing cycle starts again.
Do you identify yourself with yo-yo dieting? Well, if it’s any consolation, you aren’t alone. The weight loss merry-go-round is very common, much more widespread than you realize.
Some people get so desperate with their lack of success that they resort to semi-starvation to lose weight and most end up failing and what’s worse, risking their health.
Besides not helping you to lose weight, yo-yo dieting can be harmful to your body.
It can happen that while you are reducing calories to the minimum, you are not giving your body the necessary nutrients and you could suffer from vitamin, protein or mineral deficiencies among others.
There is a better way to lose weight, a holistic approach that addresses you as a whole.
A holistic weight loss program tackles the root issues behind your inability to keep a healthy weight and helps you lose weight in a healthier way.
This eliminates yo-yo dieting and sets you on a path toward maintaining the right weight for good without draastic measures or constant dieting.
Whenever possible, we encourage you to implement long-term, natural weight loss strategies. When you approach weight loss naturally you can avoid many stress episodes, like the annoying yo-yo dieting that leaves you discouraged every time and having to start all over again one hundred times.
Have you tried many crazy fad diets? Probably, every single time you were positive that this was the one quick diet that was going to perform the weight loss miracle you have dreamed of for so long.
However, deep in your heart you knew that it wasn't the best way to get rid of unwanted extra weight for good.
Forget the infomercial-driven market and accept that the real, long-term miracle diet is a sound natural method of weight loss that makes adequate use of nature's own miracle foods.
When you incorporate natural foods and strategies, you'll be able to get rid of the extra weight permanently.
Brown rice contains lots of fiber because during its processing the rice hull remains intact and keeps its fiber content.
It takes some time to get used to brown rice but it’s worth it if you want to lose weight permanently. You could also start with semi-brown rice, a whole-grain rice that has a shorter cooking time and a taste more similar to white rice.
Why is fiber such a big deal? Because the natural fiber in brown rice allows our body systems to run smoother and we won’t get hungry again as fast as when we eat low-fiber white rice.
Brown rice is not hard to find any more. Generally, you’ll see it next to white rice in most grocery stores. Cook it with different vegetables and herbs for extra flavor and variety.
Sweet potatoes aren't only for Thanksgiving. Apart from being delicious and… sweeter, of course, sweet potatoes are high in vitamins and anti-oxidants.
Providing many more nutrients than a typical white potato, they contain fewer calories and are a great weight loss food choice.
Roasting sweet potatoes in the oven couldn’t be easier, and they are delicious. Remember to prick them with a fork and sprinkle them with some water before putting them in the oven.
Water is very important when losing weight naturally. To you it may sound obvious but the truth is that many people don’t drink enough water during the day. Apart from helping to flush out impurities and toxins, water is essential in many body processes that keep us healthy.
When we recommend drinking enough water, we mean plain water, not processed, flavored water that often contains sugar and artificial sweeteners.
Beans are high in fiber and low in fat, and they make you feel full. They are a great choice for a natural weight loss strategy. They combine very well with rice, particularly lentils.
Bean are rather cheap and we advise you to buy the best quality you can find so that you don’t get frustrated when they don’t soften. First-rate beans are easy to get tender, cheap beans not so much.
Fruit is a great addition to any natural weight loss strategy. It contains fiber and provides natural energy that makes exercising easier. It can also help to curb cravings.
If you want the full benefits of the fiber in fruit, the best way is to eat it raw. Fruit juice is fine but it doesn't have the exact same nutritional value as when you eat an actual piece of fruit.
Fruit smoothies are a great way to start your day. Even if you don’t feel like having a breakfast, fruit smoothies are very easy to make and take with you on the go. Moreover, if you use fresh fruits, you keep the vitamins.
Veggies are a fundamental part of any good nutrition plan and absolutely essential to losing weight loss successfully. Vegetables are high in vitamins and nutrients and provide us with energy to support us throughout the day. Besides, as they have very little sodium, they contribute to reducing bloating and water weight gain.
Learn to integrate vegetables into your lunch and dinner every day until it is a natural thing. Pay special attention to dark orange and dark green veggies like spinach, pumpkin, squash and romaine lettuce. A simple side salad with lettuce and tomato is an easy way to get started. Raw foods are also important because they keep all their minerals and vitamins.
When trying to lose weight naturally the best thing you can do is to incorporate as many organic products as possible in your diet. Organic food is free of preservatives and pesticides. By eliminating as many chemicals from your body as possible, losing weight becomes easier.
If you have the chance, visit your local farmer’s market and buy from them. Almost always their produce and quality are better than in large grocery stores. And you may see a variety of vegetables not available anywhere else.
Sometimes, you may feel it is very hard to stick to the weight loss target you set. However, if you approach it without unnecessary anxiety, the right motivation and several natural tips and tricks like the ones we give you, you’ll see yourself much closer to achieving your weight loss goal.