This begs the question: If it really is that simple, why is it so hard?
My answer is that there is a part of you, Freud called it the "id," Carl Sagan described it as the primitive brain, and I think of it as my "Inner Teenager," that wants you to forget everything you know about health, balance, and moderation so that it can have whatever it wants.
So to my advice to "find what works" we have to develop a strategy to help us keep doing it.
Let's get down to specifics. The primary basis of successful long term fat loss is a change in eating habits. You must identify the eating habits that are making and keeping you fat, and then you need to change them.
Here is an example of an eating habit that has to change for permanent fat loss to take hold:
Many of the women I know who struggle with too much body fat eat a surprisingly small amount of food: especially by volume. Their taste buds and appetites seem to be turned off by simple unprocessed foods. The idea of a spinach omelet, or even a simple bowl of oatmeal with some fruit is so unappetizing to them that they skip breakfast completely, leaving them so hungry that they grab a donut in the office at 11AM, or they buy a scone at Starbucks.
Then, the "Hit" they get from the sugary treat drives them to snack all day long. Even worse, the manufactured yumminess of the commercially prepared snack ruins their appetite for simple, home-made food.
Do you know any busy moms who feed their kids but forget to eat breakfast themselves?
I sure do, and when you're out working, or volunteering, or running errands, highly processed nutrient-poor foods seem to be everywhere. Case in point: what are candy bars doing at the checkout counter at the hardware store? Making money for the company that owns the store that's what.
So to busy people everywhere I say:
Eat a nutrient dense breakfast of whole foods with plenty of healthy fat, moderate protein, and lots of fiber. (And yes, that fiber can come from vegetables- it does not have to come from bread and cereal.)
I know, I can hear you now: "That sounds like boring food that is hard work to prepare."
Maybe it is at first, but if you prepare and eat real food on a regular basis, your taste buds will re-awaken, your energy will increase, and your waistline will shrink because real food tends to be filling and anti-inflammatory.
So what if you do start to shop for and prepare your own real food on a regular basis? What happens when you start to lose weight, you get bored with your eating routine, and you start to hunt for scones again?
You need a written record of your fat loss strategy that you can turn to to help you get your head on straight again.
In my work at Gordon studio, I have found that my students who come to train, dance, and transform have a wealth of knowledge about what works for them in terms of eating for fat loss: but they stop using that knowledge!
They acquire what I call:
Fat Loss Amnesia.
So I'm going to make a simple request to help you build your own fat loss strategy.
For just three days: Yes just three days, I'm going to ask you to make and eat breakfast at home, and write down what you made.
|Use This For Three Days.|
I want you to get the benefits of being in charge of what you eat, especially for your first meal of the day.
Here's what I had this morning:
2 eggs from a friend's hens
2 slices uncured local bacon
Asparagus sauteed in coconut oil with onions and celery.
It's noon, and I'm still feeling satisfied and energized.
You could also have 1 cup of strawberries with 1 cup of greek yogurt and 1 oz chopped raw almonds. Add cinnamon and a few drops of stevia if the yogurt is too tart.
Of course, if you don't have my issues with sugar and grains, your breakfast choices are much broader.
So prepare your own real food breakfast for three days, write down what you made, and let me know how it goes. My guess is that you will have more energy, and fewer cravings throughout the day: leading to a looser waistband at the end of just three days.