If you think you’ve tried everything to lose weight, think again! Here are 10 things you need to know about weight loss – from vegetarian diets to 100 calorie snack packs.
Before the tips, a quip:
“I have learned, as a rule of thumb, never to ask whether you can do something,” says Julia Cameron, author of The Writing Diet: Write Yourself Right-Size. “Say, instead, that you are doing it. Then fasten your seat belt. The most remarkable things follow.”
Whether you want to lose 10 pounds or 10 inches — you have to commit yourself by saying you’re doing it! And, you have to find what works for you. I’ve heard a lot about the weight loss pills alli, but I’ve never tried them. I’ve lost 25 pounds without weight loss pills, but what worked for me may not work for you.
Check out the Alli Weight-Loss Aid if you’ve tried everything but can’t lose weight. It works for some people!
And, here are my tips for people who have tried everything to lose weight…
Tried Everything to Lose Weight? 10 Things You Need to Know
1. Figure out why you’re overweight. If you don’t know why you’ve packed on the pounds, you’ll never achieve your weight loss goals! I was overweight because I never let myself get hungry, I wasn’t taught that some fats in moderation are good, and I ate to make myself feel better about my life. I was – and still am – an emotional eater. But now I weigh 110 pounds (I’m 5 feet tall), and I feel great about my size and shape.
How did I lose weight after I thought I tried everything? By getting happy, and learning from my skinny husband’s eating habits (which I describe in The Best Ways to Lose Weight).
2. Examine why you keep falling off the wagon. “For many of us, a diet is an exercise in futility and self-flagellation,” writes Cameron in The Writing Diet. “We set a plan in motion and then we sabotage it. We take a step toward our goal and then we relapse. We undo the good we’ve done.”
Figure out why you sabotage your weight loss efforts. Do you relapse at night? What are you favorite relapse foods? Who are you with? If you’ve tried everything to lose weight, become aware of why you relapse. Then, use healthy substitutions to stay on track: hobbies, exercise, writing, and self-awareness. Write out your feelings to help you identify why you’re eating. Are you sad because of your brother? Are you stressed because of work? Writing – especially while you’re eating – can help you identify and deal with your feelings.
3. Pause for one minute before you eat anything. When I ask my husband, “Should we have some chocolate chip cookies that I just pulled out of the oven?”, my hubby pauses. He thinks for at least ten seconds. He checks in with his stomach. He checks with his head. I don’t know what he’s thinking about exactly, but he doesn’t just say “okay let’s eat the chocolate chip cookies!”
Have you tried thinking before eating? I never did.
4. Savor an indulgence every second day. I love my homemade chocolate chip cookies, and I have to keep making them because my husband (and now my friends!) demand them. Instead of denying myself, I’ve taught myself to enjoy a cookie or two every second or third day. Not every day, and not every hour. Knowing that tomorrow I will indulge helps me resist my craving today.
If you eat too much, here are the best ways to stop eating at night. My favorite tip is to eat with a blindfold on!
5. Refrigerate your canned goods. This is my favorite weight loss tip, from Dr Oz: put canned soups, stews, and other items in the fridge. When you open them, you’ll see that the fat has solidified on the surface, and you can scrape it off and throw it away. In a year, you can lose six pounds with this weight loss shortcut. If you normally eat a lot of canned soups and stews, this will help you lose weight.
6. Chew sugarless gum. If I’m craving cookies, I go for the gum. In fact, I’m chewing a wad of Bubblemint Extra right now! It satisfies both my sweet tooth and my urge to put stuff in my mouth. This tip is almost as effective as working out with yoga DVDs to achieve your weight loss goals (which is another way I lost weight permanently).
7. Step away from the scale. “Freed from the tyranny of numbers, we begin instead to focus on ourselves and our own perceptions,” writes Cameron in The Writing Diet. “When we release ourselves from the daily use of the scale, we find ourselves able to embrace a more “easy does it” approach to weight loss. We begin to see that as long as we are moving in the right direction, the speed at which we reach our destination matters less.”
If you’ve tried everything to lose weight and you weigh yourself daily, get rid of the scale.
8. Avoid those 100 calorie snack packs. Those mini snack packs aren’t a tip for losing weight permanently! They don’t work – they often contain of trans fats, corn syrups, and other unhealthy products. Plus, they’re expensive and bad for the environment (all that extra packaging). To achieve your weight loss goals, make your own 100 calorie snack packs at home with raisons, nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc.
9. Remember that exercise doesn’t significantly affect weight loss.“Exercise has many health and emotional benefits, but it doesn’t make a huge difference when it comes to weight loss,” says James Hill, the director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. “You can restrict your food intake by 500 to 1,000 calories starting tomorrow, but you have to work out for a long time, or at a very high intensity, to burn as many calories.”
That doesn’t mean you should stop working out! It just means that what you eat is more important than how long or hard you exercise. If you’ve tried everything to lose weight but nothing works, remember that exercise isn’t the answer.
10. Eat a vegetarian diet and lose weight faster. Vegetarians tend to be slimmer than meat-eaters, and have lower rates of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. “There is evidence that a vegan diet causes an increased calorie burn after meals, meaning plant-based foods are being used more efficiently as fuel for the body, as opposed to being stored as fat,” says Dr. Neal D. Barnard of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. To lose weight permanently, lay off the burgers and fried chicken.
For more weight loss tips, read What is More Important When You Want to Lose Weight – Exercise or Diet?
What do you think – have you tried everything to lose weight – even these tips? Comments welcome below!
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