Why Diets Can’t Work!

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Why Diets Can’t Work!

There’s been a lot of chat in class this week about a TV program. It was nothing new to me, I’ve been banging on about the Diet Industry for years.
The interesting thing is that now people are seeing that ‘diet’ products are produced by the Food Industry. The very companies that need you to stay FAT! They persuade you to fill your children with sugar for breakfast, sell you packs of salty crackers and fake cheese for lunch and then processed carb’ loaded options for dinner and tea.
Hopefully, we all will open our eyes to the simple truth that we all need food – so lets choose simple, fresh (including fresh- frozen) UN processed, nutrient dense foods.

Diets Do Work?
Despite what statistics might show, people can lose weight. Whether it’s through pure motivation, adrenaline, meat-only diets, or any number of other psychological and physiological tactics, many people can power through a few months and drop some of the pounds they want.

But then what happens?

For many, the pendulum swings back. Motivation dips, adrenaline subsides, and people stop telling you how wonderful you look.

Well guess what: Once you go back to your old habits, weight finds you. And then we end up right back where we started – and sadly you’ll be fatter than before. It’s not your fault it’s a hard wired, inbuilt survival mechanism to prevent starvation and guarantee survival!

Real Problem – we can’t keep it off!

The key to maintaining weight loss isn’t contained in a single diet or exercise plan. It’s more related to the emotional, psychological and lifestyle factors that dictate our relationship—and behaviors—with food.

next time we’ll talk about the three hidden conditions that can sabotage your success.

The longer I council clients about their nutrition, the more I realise there should e no banned foods- just healthier choices.

That means when you choose meat- get a local supplier, that doesn’t feed with anti-Biotics to prevent the illnesses overcrowded production methods cause.

Choose fruits in season – local and organic if you can afford it… See my article on which fruits should ALWAYS be organic (avoid pesticides).

Choose fresh, local veg- or fresh frozen to extend their season and cut down on prep. time.

Of course there are other actor – but choosing quality food will stop your cravings in their tracks. You won’t eat, want and so need to buy as much food.

Clients often tell me they can’t afford to buy Free Range or Local – I ask them to change where they shop – plan menu’s – buy what they really need. Cutting out crisps, treats, biscuits and baked goods will save huge proportion of your food budget. Loose fizzy pop, soda and sweetened juices will do the same.

We’ve all gradually been brainwashed- by the food industry and clever advertising campaigns to believe we NEED these fake food products.

Breakfast cereals – invented by Mr Kellogg

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Fruit drinks – full of sugars and sweeteners

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Biscuits – sugar and fat, not much else

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Sweets (candy) – more sugar

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Fizzy pop – chemicals, sugar and sweeteners

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These foods make their manufacturers Billions, keep us fat and addicted to them. Eating them prevents you getting the nutrients your body craves.
Guess what, we then turn to the ‘slimming’ products and services the very same manufacturers own.

So, why would they EVER want you to succeed?

Don’t feel guilty, don’t feel a failure – get smart.

Next time we’ll look at what goes on in your head once you’ve succeeded, and maybe discover why you slip back again.

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Choose Your Protein Wisely

Food Rule #2.

Focus on quality protein sources such as wild game, wild fish and seafood, grass-fed meats, and free-roaming organically fed eggs, while trying to avoid most farmed meats and farmed fish that were fed mostly grains and kept in unhealthy “factory farm” environments.

We aren’t supposed to live on a diet based on grains.  For more than 99% of our existence on this planet we chased our food or gathered it from the wild.  It was fresh, seasonal and contained very, very little grains.

The meat we ate would have followed their food and we would have followed them.  They and we would not have been overfed, innactive and certainly not obese.

The fats found in free range protein sources (animals, fish, eggs) are a healthy balance of saturated and unsaturated fats – just as we should have a balance of saturated and unsaturated fats in our own bodies.

Taste the difference when you buy free range, grass fed protein.

Intensively farmed animals and fish fed on GM Corn based feed fatten quickly and give the producer a fast return – but gives you a tastless, watery, high fat content food.

ALWAYS choose free range protein. If you can grass fed – Spring LAmb for example is born and raised outdoors.  Then if you can afford it go for organic as then you know their feed is healthy and non GM too.

Look out for the next #Rule…..

Jax xx