Given the number of new and traditional diets that promise to make your waistline and hips thin… why isn’t the number of thin people growing?
Most diets can help you reduce weight fast, but almost always, it’s temporary. Many diets are actually unhealthy or based on fake claims and pseudoscience.
Below are the rules that will help you achieve a long-term and successful weight loss outcome.
And, I think we can all agree, it’s really important to learn how to get long-term results from a diet!
Why it’s critical to avoid new-fashioned diets?
- A lot of the trendy diets focus on short-term results, and don’t pay attention to the reasons why you gained the weight in the first place.
- Many of these diets are unhealthy…even dangerous. Extreme diets expose your body to serious, unnecessary stress. A great deal of them are absolutely not balanced from a nutritional point of view and may lead to illness and exhaustion.
- There are times that cleansing the body of toxins is beneficial, but this should not be a long-term practice, and the cleanse itself should not be used as a food item. With long term use of cleanses, your body doesn’t receive enough calories to sustain health.
- Any diet centered around a small set of foods (for example, the grapefruit diet) is ALWAYS an inferior diet because you are depriving the body of many nutrients. “Mono diets” can never provide the body with all the necessary nutrients and should not be used over a long period of time.
- With most diets, it is incredibly difficult to get long-term results. Diets make you feel deprived and way too often, wth the first opportunity, justification or excuse you get (dating, holidays, distractions, being busy, etc.), you relapse and straightaway return you to your old eating patterns.
- Extreme diets with an extremely low number of calories lead to rapid weight loss, but they make the body go into starvation mode in which it begins to desperately convert calories into fat so that it can sustain life under the conditions of this hunger.
It’s better and healthier to reduce weight gradually and focus on getting as wholesome a supply of nutrients as possible from the foods you eat.
How to achieve a healthy diet?
Gradual changes to your eating habits is an effective practice for the systematic reduction of weight.
The math is easy: if you want to reduce weight, the amount of calories consumed must be less than the amount of calories utilized. Simply put, you need to train more and eat less.
Yet … people don’t want to hear this! They say, “It’s too hard.” “I don’t have time for exercise.” “I can’t cook.” “My parents made me eat everything served on my plate.” “I can’t control myself.” “I overeat when I’m sad and depressed.” “I’m in too bad a shape to start training.” “I don’t like to exercise.” “I don’t like vegetables.” And the list of excuses goes on and on!
Unfortunately, it’s easy to fall prey to these excuses once they become part of a lifestyle habit. What happened, is the through time, you repeated these mental statements over and over, until they became a habit of thinking that lead to a belief that made it convenient for you to negate the truth about food and exercise.
Changing habits with pure willpower is incredibly difficult. The Silva method teaches you to strengthen your willpower with new habits that will help you reduce weight permanently and with ease.
Here’s how to do it:
- Discover what is your ideal weight according to your family history, height and physique – the weight at which you will feel the best, are the most energetic, strongest, healthiest…AND feel most attractive!
- Decide your ideal body shape. Think about what you want to do and how slender you desire to be in order to do it.
- With the help of imagery, imagine that your weight and shape are ALREADY ideal. That you are living out your weight goal. DO NOT give a drop of mental energy to the current weight and size. Focus only on how you want to look and feel!
- With the help of a positive inner dialogue and imagery, draw a mental picture depicting you at your ideal weight and shape and say, “I weigh (ideal weight). I feel strong and healthy. I can do whatever I want. I feel great. I feel attractive.” Imagine that you look amazing and feel great! Use positive affirmations in the present tense to create this image, the healthy feeling in your body and the supportive thoughts in your mind. Repetition of new thoughts and practices create a resourceful belief that results in a healthy habit.
- Build an intense desire around these images of your ideal body weight and shape. Desire is fuel for motivation.
- Use what you have learned in The Silva method to program yourself to overcome the reasons for your excess weight. For example, if your parents told you have to eat everything on your plate to grow … you may have a subconscious desire to eat everything that you have on your plate even if you are already full! Reprogram yourself. Instill a new thought or affirmation with conviction such as, “I eat as much as I need for a sense of healthy fullness.” Focus on the present, positive statements to form new beliefs that lead to better food choices. Start small. First, find a healthier alternative to some of your favorite foods. Use products with the maximum nutrient content. When the body receives the necessary nutrients, you are less hungry than when eating non-nutritious foods. Hunger does not always mean more calories. Often, it means a need for more nutrients!
- Never skip breakfast. Breakfast is a fuel for “active action.” Start the day with a healthy combination of proteins, fats and complex carbohydrates.
- When you feel hungry, drink a glass of water and wait 10-15 minutes. The signals of hunger and thirst are very similar.
- Transform proper nutrition into a lifestyle gradually.
- Eat slowly and chew your food to a pulp so as to give your body the opportunity to send a signal about fullness. Once you receive it, stop eating. If you eat too fast, the fullness signal may not be in time for you to stop overeating! It also helps to pull away from the table when you are about 60% full instead of 100% full.
- Eat on a scheduled basis or when hungry (this applies to snacks) and stick to it. Between meals, drink water to feel more satisfied!
- When you buy food in the supermarket, stay within the healthy food department! No processed foods!
- Go to the grocery store after having a meal and buy products from your grocery list. Do not buy food when hungry and do not make impulsive purchases.
- Drink a glass of warm water with a drop of lemon juice. Many people are overweight due to the fact that they have an increased level of acidity and the body. This built-in protective mechanism covers the body with a layer of fat. Lemon juice helps maintain the pH level in the body and helps lessen body fat.
- Determine which foods you are drawn to. If you want something, eat it in moderation. The body often signals that it needs certain nutrients. But if you are drawn to sweets, STOP, close your eyes, take a breath and picture yourself at your ideal weight and shape. The craving for sweets is due to an addiction to sugar! Use The Silva method to overcome your dependence on sugar using one of the many Silva formula-type techniques.
- If you do not know how to cook, learn. Learn to prepare useful foods that you can take with you to work or outings. This will help you save money and have greater control of your diet.
- Do not hurry! Aim to drop no more than a pound a week. In a year you’ll be 52 pounds lighter or at your ideal weight and size…AND, for the rest of your life!
- Go after your weight goal in small steps and don’t worry every time you “stumble or relapse.” It is not necessary to give up the birthday cake – you can just eat a smaller piece! And should you relapse, simple get back on track.
These tips will help you change your mental attitude about your body and your health and create wonderful new lifestyle habits that will ensure long-term success.
P.S. How do you maintain your ideal weight? Share your secret of reducing weight with us and our readers.