So your New Year’s Resolutions have been set! THIS is the year you are going to FINALLY lose the weight, start eating healthier and get the body of your DREAMS!
You have your plan of action in place ready to go as soon as you wake up on New Year’s Day! Your grocery list has been totally revamped to remove all of the junk and you have signed up for that gym membership. You have also made the decision to cut out the booze and thrown all the takeaway menu’s OUT!
The first few days, perhaps even the first week of January go like clockwork! Your determination is on overdrive and you are already starting to feel more energy which just motivates you even more! You might even be starting to see a small drop on the scale as your body starts to let go of the water content. Even MORE motivation kicks in and you are just KNOW this year you are going to FINALLY reach that goal!
But then disaster strikes!
You have a bad day at work and you feel your stress levels skyrocket! And on your way home, you manage to talk yourself into deserving a sugary treat to help you feel better. So you swing by the nearest store and pick up a bag of your favourite Doritos, or perhaps a tub of ice-cream. There is a nagging voice in your head saying that you shouldn’t be doing this but after the day you’ve had, you don’t care! You will just get back to your healthy routine tomorrow....right? Well it might not be that simple....
You see, you are betting on odds that your willpower will get you back on track the next day. You just assume that when you wake up in the morning and the stress has begun to fade from the day before, your determination to succeed will be fully restored and you will NOT succumb to any sugary treats again!
Well this might work if the next few days don’t pose any new stressors BUT it is only a matter of time before life throws you another challenge that sends you reeling back into the negative thinking and reaching for that sugary donut sitting in the office lunch room.
If this sounds all too familiar, then you may be relieved to know that your willpower, no matter how strong, IS NOT ENOUGH TO WIN THE WEIGHT LOSS CHALLENGE!
Why is this good news?
Because it means it is not entirely your fault that you have fallen off the wagon and can’t seem to find that motivation you had at the beginning of the year. And that is because there is an even BIGGER player than willpower in the game! A player that you have never been told about who holds the secret to whether or not those sugar and carb cravings are going to trip you up!
IT’S YOUR PHYSIOLOGY! Specifically, an IMBALANCE in your physiology!
And that’s good news because once you fix the imbalance, you won’t crave the bad stuff anymore!
Understanding Your Physiology
So what imbalance are we talking about here? We are specifically talking about an imbalance in your blood-sugar levels.
When your blood-sugar levels are too high, your body secretes insulin from the pancreas to bring the blood sugar levels back down. The problem is the amount of insulin secreted and the rate at which it is secreted correlates with the amount and rate of which your blood-sugar levels rose in the first place.
What this means is when you eat something very high in sugar content and you eat it on it’s own, your blood-sugar levels skyrocket fast and furious. Think about the “sugar rush” you often feel after eating a bar of chocolate or a sugary donut. That surge of euphoria and sometimes even a cold sweat is your blood-sugar levels soaring too quickly and too high.
So when the pancreas secretes insulin to bring the blood-sugar levels back down it sends too much insulin into the bloodstream too quickly so the blood-sugar levels plummet back down to earth just as fast and furious as they went up!
And what happens when our blood-sugar levels crash? (Think about how you feel when you are hungry and haven’t eaten anything in a very long time.....exhausted, irritable, mental fogginess.)
You CRAVE the most sugary, starchy food you can think of because your body is trying to get back to that lovely state of euphoria that brings a surge of much-needed energy and a mood boost! This is a rollercoaster ride you DO NOT want to go on! Because the enjoyment lasts even less than a normal rollercoaster ride!
So you see all the best willpower in the world is no match for rockin’ and rollin’ blood-sugar levels. Your body is now in a vicious cycle of peaks and crashes which you will struggle to control.
THE MORE CARBS AND SUGARY TREATS YOU EAT, THE MORE YOUR BODY WILL CRAVE THEM! (But don't worry - I have the PERFECT "healthy chocolate" recipe below that you will LOVE and will NOT work against you!)
So how do we break the cycle? KEEP YOUR BLOOD-SUGAR LEVELS BALANCED AT ALL TIMES!
The Key to Success
So now you now the key to success, how do you put this into practice?
You have to start with breakfast!
Then you have to make sure that every meal you eat during the day is perfectly balanced with the right ratio of all macro-nutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates).
Remember, everything you eat will have an impact on how you feel and will determine what you crave (or don’t crave) as the day progresses through lunch, snacks, and dinnertime.
Perhaps now you can see why so many conventional diets don’t work where there is a focus on removing all fat, or all carbohydrates.
Our body needs to consume balanced portions of all macro-nutrients to function optimally and they ALL have an important role to play....INCLUDING FAT!
Protein is essential for our muscle growth and muscle function (including our heart!)
Carbohydrates are essential as a fast energy source to help the body react quickly when necessary and are our brain’s number one source of fuel.
Fat is essential for strong cellular health and is an important factor in blood-sugar regulation and metabolism.
When we remove one of these macro-nutrients from our diet altogether our body will malfunction in a number of different ways. And when we realise this and start to put the missing macro-nutrient back into the diet, we naturally put on weight making sustainable, long-term weight loss on these types of diets rarely achievable.
So now that hopefully you understand WHAT you need to do and WHY you need to do it to be successful on your next attempt at a weight loss programme, CLICK HERE TO BOOK YOUR FREE STRATEGY SESSION so we can start to talk about the all important HOW to help you reach your goals :)
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