It’s not what you think.
It goes against everything you’ve learned.
The foolproof diet plan to lose weight can be summed up in two steps: stop focusing on weight loss and stop dietingRELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
Step one: Stop focusing on weight loss
When your focus is on getting rid of something you don’t want—like extra weight—over time, you may actually find that you sabotage your efforts. Maybe you sneak an extra bite or two of pasta while clearing the table or grab a handful of M&M’s even though you feel full. Afterwards you follow it up with the question: why did I just do that?
What’s the foolproof plan?
Put all of your attention on what you do want. This creates a more positive atmosphere and makes you feel good. When you feel good you’ll want to take action to create more of that good feeling.
Start by creating your “WHY?” statement. This is the true reason why you want to make a change in your eating habits. It goes much deeper than weight loss.
Is it so that you can walk up a flight of stairs without huffing and puffing? Lower your cholesterol or blood pressure? Live long enough to see your grandchildren get married?
Written in the positive, your “WHY?” statement can truly catapult you towards taking action and doing the things you know you should be doing. It’s so important that I’ve made it the very first exercise in my Healthy YOU program.
A couple of weeks ago, one of my clients, Lillian, wrote to me that as soon as she shifted her “WHY?” to something positive, she noticed much less resistance to taking action. She said it was like she took her “foot off of the brake.” Making the healthier choice became easier and felt more natural. Her original statement was to “lose thirty pounds.” The new and improved statement: “to lower my cholesterol and have more energy.” Doesn’t that just feel better?
Step two: Stop dieting
Dieting is based upon restrictions. Whether you’re restricted to a set number of calories or are forbidden from eating certain foods, as a human being, it’s natural to focus on that which you can’t have. The focus soon becomes an obsession.
Guess what happens next?
You end up eating the forbidden food in gigantic portions because after all, you just blew it! After polishing off that bag of chips, you feel awful and continue down this path for weeks, months and even years.
What’s the foolproof plan?
Wipe the slate clean. Take the power away from food by telling yourself that no food is forbidden. In order for this to work, you must truly believe it.
Of course if you want to get in shape, stuffing your face full of peanut butter cups won’t get you there. But guess what? Once you’ve removed the power from food and made room for even the not-so-healthy things, you won’t want to. You are now free to make healthy choices and fuel your body with nutritious foods!
A foolproof meal plan includes eating the following foods each day:
– Three ounces of whole grains (one ounce equals: ½ cup of cooked oatmeal, brown rice or whole grain pasta; six whole grain crackers or one slice of whole grain bread)
– Three cups of vegetables (one serving equals: one cup of cooked or raw veggies; two cups of leafy greens)
– Three servings of healthy fats (one serving equals: 1 tablespoon of peanut butter; 1/8 cup of nuts; ½ of an avocado; 1 tablespoon of olive oil)
– Two cups of fruit (one serving equals: one cup of fresh or frozen fruit)
– A minimum of five ounces of lean protein (one ounce equals: ¼ cup of beans; 1 egg; 1 tablespoon of peanut butter; 1/8 cup of nuts; ¼ cup of tofu; 1 ounce of poultry, fish, lean beef or pork)
– Two to three servings of calcium-rich foods (one serving equals: eight ounces of plain low-fat yogurt; eight ounces of skim, soy or almond milk)
If you want real results, the goal is to stop repeatedly doing the things that fail to produce long-term results. Instead, vow to take immediate and positive action by:
1. Creating a positive “WHY?” statement
3. Leaving a little room for the fun stuff (i.e. chocolate, etc.)
4. Success comes in the form of better health.
5. Weight loss just happens to be a side effect.