In today’s post, we are talking about the diet foods that people use to lose weight. Many people use the same types of foods to “go on a diet” and start eating the types of foods that they have heard will cause them to lose weight.
The main issue with that practice is that many people will end up in a yo-yo dieting cycle and end up gaining more weight than when they started the diet process.
Most professionals in the health field agree that a lifestyle change is a preferred method of losing weight. When the dietary change is temporary, it is not going to cause a lasting difference, once the old habits are resumed any weight loss will typically return.
The good thing about working on a dietary lifestyle adjustment, is that taste buds will change over time, and the types of foods that are good for you will begin to taste better to you.
In my experience, this takes about six months to start noticing the transformation in your taste preferences. It requires the desire to change and reminding yourself why you are doing the modification to your diet.
The mental aspect is just as important as the physical discipline with choosing the right foods and sticking to the plan. It is a learning experience, and we must give ourselves a break when we slip up on the program.
Healthy Diet Foods Eat
Doctors teach everyone that the leaner meats are better for you than, the fattier cuts of meat. The keto diet is a different philosophy and focuses on more fat, typically targeting 75% fat 15% protein and 5% carbs.
The problem with this diet for those with type 2 diabetes is that if you mess up on the amount of food you eat the results could create a condition where the body starts to break down the fat to fast (Diabetic ketoacidosis) this can lead to severe health conditions and even be fatal. It can also put someone in a diabetic coma in some cases.
This condition makes trying a keto diet something that people with type two diabetes very dangerous and they should consult their Doctor before they start a keto diet.
In my case, once learning about this risk, I will not try a keto diet of any kind. It is tempting to see some recipes of the keto foods and want to try it but better for people with type two diabetes it is a better idea to stick to a diet designed for their condition.
That is eating leans meats, fresh fruits and veggies and cutting the carbs as much as possible. Eating the right kind of carbs and making sure that you combine the carbs with protein and fiber to stabilize the blood sugar.
Cutting Junk Food Out of Your Diet
Cutting the junk food out of your diet is the priority when changing your diet. If you use fast food restaurants and prepackages food for convenience or to save money on groceries; it is worth it to look at the real cost to your health over time.
How much is your energy level worth to you? Many people place a high enough value to buy energy drinks and drink them. The industry is right at a four-billion-dollar per year business.
I think many of the people who are buying these energy drinks are not thinking about the long term effect that it can have on them, but I do believe it is an indicator of how important people value feeling energetic.
This idea also applies to the energy bars and the protein bars that are in the market place to satisfy the cravings that people have. Many of these cravings is coming from a poor dietary choice and the effects of the poor nutritional value in the food.
One of the first changes that I made when starting the switch over to a healthier lifestyle was removing all the fast food and the restaurant food from my diet.
When doing this, I reverted to using protein bars (that passed the carbohydrate balance test), and it was very effective at helping to curve the cravings and to control the hunger pains.
The natural progression when pursuing a healthier diet is to start learning how to eat more unprocessed foods and more fresh vegetables and fruits.
That brings me to my current position of removing the protein bars from my diet. This process is just as much of an adjustment as cutting the junk food out of the meal plan was in the beginning.
Ways to Cut the Cravings
The protein bars typically have chocolate in them and that help to satisfy the cravings for chocolate. It is a test of the discipline to stick to the plan, and the best way that I can battle these cravings is to eat a little dark chocolate in a homemade protein snack.
Just knowing that it is coming at the end of the day makes it easier to keep telling myself to stick to the plan. It is so essential to keep you why at the forefront of your mind during these times.
Other ways to curve the cravings is to eat something close to the flavor that you are craving. Or research the reason you are having the desire and replace the vitamin or mineral that you may be lacking with a good supplement.
Personally, most people that I observe are fighting cravings that are triggered by an emotional response verse a dietary need. Either way finding a healthier alternative is the best option to pursue.
Can Certain Foods Cause Anxiety
Certain foods can cause anxiety for many people; especially when faced with giving them up. It may be something that is not necessarily a bad food, but something that you think is not the best choice and you want to give it up to see if it helps with your health goals.
The protein bars are a source of this type of anxiety for myself, and it is funny because I still think of them as a better alternative to the candy bars if the ratios are proper and that add up to a zero net carb count.
Everyone will have different triggers for this kind of mental struggle; sticking to your program is the key to finding out if it is working for you.
Sometimes it is just that simple to remind ourselves of what we are doing. It can be easier to eat the things we know are bad for us.
If you get into the habit of giving in to the temptation; that is somewhat of a slippery slope, and we can easily deceive yourself and never be able, to be honest with yourself either.
Finding the right mixture of foods and drinks that you can live with is going to take some trial and error. Once you start a program the only way to see if it is working, to be honest with yourself and be patient in looking for the results.
It takes months for the small lifestyle changes to take effect and start seeing the results. Many times we get impatient and give up. Remind your self of the goal and the consequences of not following through with the plan.
Cut out all the junk food and look for healthier options. Constant improvement is something to keep in your mind. Make the small changes that you are sure you can stick with and when you get a stronger take on more difficult challenges.
Thank you for stopping by and reading this article, and I hope that it helps to motivate you to strive a little-bit more towards your goals.
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