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When Your New Diet Fails To Deliver - Do You Give Up
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There are so many diets out on the market that it becomes quite mind boggling trying to figure out just which one will be the right one for you. Well let me tell you, you're not alone with this dilemma. The chopping and changing from diet to diet has us lose a little, gain a lot, lose a little more, then gain it all back on again. The common name for this sort of dieting is called yo-yo dieting and it is far from being able to do anything permanent in the way of weight loss for your body, in fact quite the opposite is true.

With the regular losing and regaining of weight your metabolism gets totally thrown and finally fails to deliver anything positive at all. There is a very real danger to this way of dieting as it can lead to many health problems including heart disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and ultimately low self esteem. This has been directly linked to the emotional distress caused by the individual being unable to control this area of his or her life.

So you're probably wanting to know what we are supposed to do to overcome this dilemma. Well once again there are a number of answers depending on which book you read or who you might be speaking to at that moment. Most of us have our favourite way of eating and one of these will be the best for you for ultimate weight loss; whether it be low carb, high carb, high protein or a bit of all these diets put together. Well let me say, the last idea is probably your safest. By eating a broad range of foods you can generally be assured of consuming a variety of vitamins and minerals which are so essential to maintaining good health.

There is another way of eating though that is not only safe but it can definitely work if you follow the rules carefully. It is often known as 'Mindful Eating' and the basis of this method is that eating and weight loss are actually more often a symptom of something entirely unrelated to food. By following this method of eating you can eat without guilt, without restriction and without feeling starved. I'm sure you've all experienced those times when you've just consumed a huge meal, think about Christmas or Thanksgiving; well within an hour you're convinced you're feeling hungry all over again. Well think about this for a moment, is it really possible to be so hungry when you've just put away a three course meal? Of course it's not, so what has triggered these feelings of needing to eat? These feelings that seem so very real to you at that moment.

The first thing for you to recognise is that hunger is a physical thing it's not the same as appetite, cravings or the desire to push food into your mouth. You have to begin to recognise the real feelings of hunger with your conscious mind not just react to some trigger that has you reaching for food to fulfill a need that is deep within your subconscious. These needs can have been embedded in our subcounscious minds from early childhood and may be there for any number of reasons. Clearly too many to go into in an article such as this.

Remember though, if you really can begin to recognise true hunger it will free you from many of those cravings and reactions you have to certain issues in your life. Food is as much a drug to some people as drugs and alcohol can be to others. If you reach for food at the mearest hint of anything emotional I would definitely suggest you give this 'Mindful Eating' a try, especially if you're still trying to stop the yo-yo dieting. This along with a little safe exercise such as walking or using the little kettlebells, will soon bring about the changes in your body that you've possibly been striving to attain for any number of years.


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