Are you putting 100% into your diet program, but feel like you’re getting 0 results?
Many people find themselves in this pickle. They work hard, hold on to their diet strategy like bulldog, but fail to see the transformation they wanted. Hopes were high, but the scale just isn’t going downward.
Often, the problem is not effort or motivation. The issue is that they are incorporating certain foods in their diet plan that are actually not diet foods at all. The diet industry is big business, and unfortunately many companies market their products as healthy, even though they are counter-productive options.
What are these foods? Here are three problem foods you need to cut from your diet immediately.
Fruit flavored yogurts are a favorite among many dieters, but many fail to see them for what they are: pint-sized sugar bombs. Individual yogurt packs have gotten unhealthier and unhealthier, while their reputation as a go-to diet food has regrettably survived.
Next time you’re picking out your favorite yogurt, double check the sugar content. You might be surprised to find there are 15+ grams of sugar per serving.
Of course you can purchase the sugar-free varieties, but then you’ll be consuming unwanted artificial sweeteners, which can be just as bad for you.
Instead, opt for plain Greek yogurt. Flavor it yourself by adding a handful of fresh berries.
Beware of any product marketed as ‘fat free’. These products proudly label themselves as fat-free, and that very well may be true.
But ask yourself, if the fat is removed, what has been added? Time and again, the fat content has been substituted with something just as undesirable.
Often that means heaps of sugar.
If you are trying to lose body fat, sugar is just as bad — if not worse — than fat is.
The last problem food to be wary of is the protein bar, despite its prevalence in many diet programs and meal plans. These may seem like a great option because they contain protein, but once again you have to look a little closer.
Check that sugar content. Most protein bars have upwards of 15 grams of sugar per bar. Some contain 30 and even 40 grams.
In actuality, these are glorified chocolate bars. While you can buy a few bars with very low sugar content (five grams or less per bar), these will require a little searching.
Sadly, many dieters are blissfully unaware of these three problem foods. Are any of them in your current diet?
If you want to learn the two must-eat foods that will catapult fat loss into high gear, make sure you check out The 2 Week Diet. Highly-readable and conveniently-packaged in PDF form, it has all the best advice you need to correct any lingering misinformation you’ve fallen prey to.
To see the best results from any diet plan, you’ve got to know the “Diet Commandments”. These guidelines are essential for superior results. They will take you to the Promised Land, flowing with good health and energy.
Sadly, many dieters miss out on one or more of these rules, and it costs them their success.
Thou Shall Eat More Protein
Of all the foods you might eat while on a fat loss diet, protein is probably the most important. Protein combats hunger, stabilizes blood glucose levels, and prevents lean muscle loss. The result is raised metabolism and accelerated fat loss.
Don’t let your protein intake fall short. Aim to consume some in every meal and snack. For some unexpected sources of protein, consider quinoa, bulgur, avocado, and whole wheat bagels.
Thou Shall Eat Regularly
You may have heard that metabolism increases the more often you eat. That’s somewhat misleading. Actually, the boost you get from a meal is directly related to meal size — eating regularly does help keep hunger at bay.
Feed your body frequently throughout the day to avoid food cravings and energy lows. Those who follow this guideline are more likely to stick to their diet or weight loss program.
Thou Shall Prioritize Fresh Foods
When selecting your foods, remember processed foods are a sin. Eating fresh is a must. In our world, processed foods are around every corner, waiting to cause weight gain and thwart our efforts for a healthy life.
Eliminate processed food and give your diet a major boost. Focus on natural foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats and oils, and lean proteins. This isn’t the Garden of Eden—reaching for the apple is the right choice.
You could call this commandment the Golden Rule of dieting. If you make only one change to your diet plan, make this one.
Thou Shall Set Short Term Goals
One diet rule that you should abide by is to continually set short term goals. Think about your strategy in the here and now, not months ahead. If your goals can only be achieved far down the road, it becomes too easy to lose sight of them.
You should also ensure that you put your goals in writing and tell a friend or family member about your intentions. The accountability will redouble your commitment.
Try thinking in two-week segments. Two weeks is generally the period necessary to form good habits, so it’s the perfect amount of time to build behaviors that stand the test of time.
This is precisely why The 2 Week Diet was created. It will help you stay motivated and consistent until good decisions become automatic.
Thou Shall Avoid Fruitless Comparisons
Finally, stop comparing yourself to others. Realize this is your journey. Your body is unique and you won’t see the same results as everyone else, so don’t expect to.
Instead, start comparing yourself today to yourself from yesterday. That will give you everything you need to know. If you improve every day, or hold fast to your diet program, then you are already a success.
Keep these diet commandments in mind. Focus on them and be confident you are building a truly righteous body.