“When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”
― Napoleon Hill
We are halfway into the first month of the new year and this is the time when many of us start feeling frustrated by the ‘resolutions’ we set. This frustration may be due to many factors, such as not seeing results that we unrealistically expected to see by now. Maybe the nutritional choices we made are leaving us feeling hungry or irritable. Possibly we had unrealistic expectations to how much weight should have dropped off by now. Maybe we got ‘too rambunctious’ with an exercise program and all we feel is tired and sore. When calories are restricted to extremes; it can create an undesired result.
The reality is; it takes approximately six weeks to begin to see noticeable change, provided we are engaged in the proper program.
Consuming too few calories in an effort to lose weight isn’t healthy, however, and it isn’t the most effective way to shed excess pounds. When we don’t eat enough calories, our body goes into starvation mode to conserve energy, and we may find ourselves experiencing a weight-loss plateau, not to mention health problems from not getting the essential nutrients our body needs.
Our body is equipped with its own starvation defense mechanism, which has evolved over millions of years to protect us during times when food was scarce — a problem most people don’t have today. When we consume too few calories to support activity and normal physiological functioning, our body adapts by reducing the amount of energy it uses to accomplish daily tasks. Our body may also turn to lean muscle mass for energy in order to conserve its valuable fat stores, just in case it doesn’t receive more food anytime soon. So it is actually counterproductive to restrict calories to some degree.
Please note, the right nutritional program ideally leaves us feeling more energetic and less lethargic. Once we eliminate processed foods, sugars and unhealthy fats from our diet, our bodies enjoy the rewards almost immediately. Making small changes each day toward optimal health will provide a ‘spring in our step’ and a sense of renewal each day. Patience is essential. Setting rigid expectations will only leave us feeling overwhelmed, especially when ‘life’ gets in the way.
If you feel defeated today; consider this:
Maybe your goals / plans were unsound or unrealistic. Rather than looking ahead try focusing on this day. What can be done TODAY to build optimal health?
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