Chances are you have tried everything. You have tried cutting calories, but calories feed muscle, bones and fat so if you have done this and you are exercising or doing cardio then cutting calories is doing you harm. The more muscle that you lose the more likely it will be that you will have trouble losing belly fat, shrink your thighs and firm up your arms. It is not about the amount of calories that you eat it is more important to pay attention to the type of calories you are eating. Not all calories are created equal choose veggies whenever possible.
Have you stopped paying attention to dietary strategies since the 1990’s. It is likely that if you are still avoiding fat then you are not up to date with the most current nutritional information. Even 5,000 years ago Ayurvedda was recommending that fats such as ghee be an important part of your diet. This has trained most of us to eat on the run and choose quick sugary snacks like granola bars instead of eating more dense meals that are laden with fat. The more low fat food you eat the more likely it is that you are eating snack foods that will increase your likelihood of insulin resistance and make you gain weight.
Our body’s ability to feel satiated is managed by the hormone leptin. If you don’t feel full then you keep eating and you gain weight. It is important to not be overly restrictive with your diet otherwise you are completely relying on willpower instead of allowing the hormone leptin to do its job and tell you when you are satiated and nourished. If you don’t feel the effects of leptin it is likely that your willpower will run out and you will go on a diet destroying binge. No one can be expected to maintain diet perfection forever. Reward yourself with delicious foods once a week as you transition to a more healthy way of eating.
For most of us it is snacks that get us in trouble. If we have had a large enough meal or don’t go long between then we don’t crave sugary snack foods. If you find it necessary to eat a snack choose organic fresh fruit whenever possible. There are so many superfood nutrients in fruit that you will get exactly what you need instead of a sugary snack.
The Ayurvedic strategies that can be utilized in order to stop these common dietary pitfalls are:
By following these simple suggestions you will be on the fast track to health and maintaining your optimal weight.