The Best Diet

 

“Suppose you found yourself two miles from home without a ride. Although you could get home three times faster if you ran, most people would settle for walking. Running wouldn’t be worth the sweat and discomfort, and walking will get you there at a reasonable and painless rate. Each step brings you a little closer, and before you know it, you are halfway home and still moving forward.

It’s the same with mindlessly losing weight. It need not be a sweaty, painful sprint. It can be a slow, steady walk that begins with removing unwanted eating cues and rearranging your home, office, and eating habits so they work for you and your family rather than against you. These comfortable steps will add up—one or two pounds a month. Before long you’ll find yourself at home.

“The best diet is the one you don’t know you’re on.”

–Brian Wansink

Brian Wansink, is Professor and Director of the famed Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, where he is a leading expert in changing eating behavior – both on individual level and on a mass scale — using principles of behavioral science. He is the author of Mindless Eating and Slim by Design (which have been translated into over 25 languages) as well as over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Evolve…Don’t Resolve!

 

Evolve… don’t resolve!

ev·o·lu·tion (ĕv′ə-lo͞o′shən, ē′və-)
n.

A gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.

Why evolution is superior to resolution

The statistics vary, but generally suggest that approximately 50% of Americans will be making New Years Resolutions.

Yet of those approximate 50%, only about 8% will achieve some form of success in reaching those goals.

Here are the top 10 Resolutions that are expected to be made for the New Year (according to Statistic Brain Research Institute)

1 Lose Weight
2 Getting Organized
3 Spend Less, Save More
4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest
5 Staying Fit and Healthy
6 Learn Something Exciting
7 Quit Smoking
8 Help Others in Their Dreams
9 Fall in Love
10 Spend More Time with Family

Let me repeat; Only about 8% will achieve some form of success in reaching those goals.

Why the high failure rate?

Most people tend to set goals that are not only overwhelming, but intangible. They set themselves up for failure, frustration and self-defeat by setting goals that are unrealistic. What’s more; many people use New Years Eve to create a ‘huge bucket list’ or ‘extreme makeover’ for their life. The problem is; most people have too many competing priorities for this approach to succeed.
This ‘shoot for the moon’ mindset generally never makes it far from the launching pad. Intentions may be good, but reality sets in.

By focusing on gentle evolution and transformation; flowing with the body’s natural rhythms, will provide a more successful and satisfying journey. Never forcing. Lifestyle change that creates energy, joy and quality to life.

Why Willpower Won’t Work

Weight loss always ‘depends’…

Depends on what?

What works for one person, may not work for another. Our bodies process nutrition differently. Not everyone processes carbohydrates equally. Nor do they respond the same to how often meals are eaten. Many variables come in to play. Stress, sleep, age, mindset, activity levels, attitude toward food and even our genes are all key ingredients and must be considered.

A straightforward response is that the typical “willpower approach” only throws the body into starvation mode and, when combined with the increased calorie burn from more exercise, slows down metabolism. This causes the body to store more fat, which causes us to exercise more and that starts the weight gain cycle all over again. Our bodies are hard-wired to ‘survive’ to whatever we throw at it.

Most people will initially respond to a basic exercise program and change in diet. To see lasting results however, exercise and nutritional programs need to be consistently adjusted as your body adapts.

The fact is that there is no one perpetrator sabotaging our weight loss. It is the culmination of a lifetime of habits and even underlying health issues. In order to achieve long-term control, we must commit to lifestyle change. Creating healthier eating habits, understanding nutrition and how our body uses that fuel, and utilizing exercise as a key to better living are all necessary steps to truly transform our life.

All inquiries welcomed!