Maintaining a Healthy Relationship with Food While Dieting

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If you’re trying to lose weight, chances are you you’ve come to avoid certain foods. You think of certain foods as good and others as bad. Bad foods must be avoided at all costs.

The problem with this type of mindset is that it forms negative associations with food. These negative associations can lead to eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia and orthorexia.

It is possible to maintain a healthy relationship with food while dieting and losing weight. Here are a few tips to help you keep a healthy relationship with food.

Think of Foods as Healthy or Not Healthy

Instead of thinking of foods as good or bad, think of them as healthy or not healthy. This shifts your perspective and allows you to focus on positive health benefits instead of negative “bad” foods.

Eat the most nutritious foods you can find. They may or may not be low in calories, but they will be the most healthy foods to eat and will help you reach your overall health and weight goals.

Plan to Cheat

Even better, don’t call it cheating at all. Just because you are trying to lose weight doesn’t mean you shouldn’t allow yourself occasional indulgences.

Dieting can be stressful. “Cheat” meals give you psychological relief from following strict diet and exercise plans. It will also help your mindset to see that eating an occasional treat doesn’t automatically negate all the hard work you’ve done.

Plan for a “cheat” once a week or every other week.

Get Help

Don’t be afraid to get help if you’re struggling to lose weight and maintain a healthy relationship with food.

Consider natural fat burning pills to kickstart your weight loss and give yourself a confidence boost. I like these from bestfatburningpills.co.uk.

Get a diet buddy. We all know at least one person who is trying to lose weight and get healthier. Pair up with them to help keep each other motivated. Work out together, share recipes and celebrate your wins.

Take a Break

Most people reduce their calorie intake when they’re dieting and trying to lose weight. The longer you stay on a restricted calorie diet, the more likely it is for your metabolism to slow down.

Taking periodic breaks from low-calorie diets will help reset your metabolism and teach you that you can eat more calories while still maintaining your body weight. This is important both physically and psychologically.

5 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About Paleo

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I’ve been following a Paleo diet for about three years now. It has helped me lose weight, balance my hormones and cravings, elevate my vitamin and mineral levels and maintain my weight loss.

There are a lot of misconceptions about Paleo. It gets a bad rap for being a fad diet or being about cavemen. Here are some things you might not know.

1. It’s not about cavemen.

I actually don’t like the term Paleo because it’s misleading. No wonder people have misconceptions about it.

The Paleo diet is not about reenacting the diet of cavemen. It would be impossible to do so because our climate, food and bodies have evolved over time.

It’s about eating unprocessed, nutrient-rich, toxin-free, whole foods as part of a healthy lifestyle.

2. It’s not all about meat.

You might be surprised to find out that vegetables are the stars of a Paleo diet, not meat. Most Paleo meals are about 50-75% vegetables.

3. It’s not a low carb diet.

Since many people mistakenly think a Paleo diet mostly consists of meat, they assume it’s also a low carb diet. Some people choose to eat low carb when following a Paleo diet, but that is a personal choice.

Paleo is essentially a moderate carb diet. Approximately 30-40% of your daily calories come from carbs. The main difference is that those carbs come from fruit and starchy vegetables rather than grains.

4. It’s not just about food.

Paleo is as much a lifestyle as it is a diet. Food is just one component.

Paleo is also about moving your body through exercise, managing stress through meditation and yoga, and spending time outside to soak up vitamin D and keep your circadian rhythms in balance.

5. There isn’t one Paleo diet.

Paleo isn’t supposed to be one size fits all. It’s more of a template that you adapt for your individual needs.

Our bodies react in different ways to different foods. Some people can’t tolerate dairy while others can eat it at every meal. Some people do better with a moderate amount of carbs while others do better with very few.

Paleo is basically a general set of guidelines that each person can—and should—customize for their specific needs.