You know that changing what you eat is 80% of what will make you successful. This is the answer to the frequently asked question: Which is better – diet or exercise? Actually you need both. but today is about the diet. In fact, your diet can do everything from helping you lose weight to strengthening your Immune system, to getting stronger and faster
Before you start drastically changing when–and how you eat–you should first know what to expect when starting a diet.
Here are 8 things you may see when changing your diet for the better:
1. Better Control of Blood Sugar
Out-of-control blood sugar is often linked to cravings and weight gain and many diseases. If diabetes or obesity runs in your family, start focusing on your food intake now, don’t wait. Changing your diet to include better food options could lead to better-controlled blood sugar. This could cut your risk for cravings, weight gain, and Type 2 Diabetes.
— Simple foods to remove from your daily intake to right now to get started; sugars, white flours, soda, juice.
2. Weight Loss
In the first week or so, you may see some rapid weight loss. This is often due to water weight being lost, from lower intake of calories and more water. Although you could lose a lot of weight right off, your body should adjust and slow the amount of weight you will lose. Actual fat loss takes more time and effort. I know, nobody wants to hear that part but it’s true. Start an exercise program to support your overall health and you will accelerate your success.
3. You May Be Hungrier
Most diets cut calories—which could account for some of the weight loss. But if your body is used to eating 2,000 calories—and you just dropped to 1,600—it may result in hunger cravings.
You can ease these cravings by eating more protein, including more fiber-rich foods, and enjoying more healthy fats. Both of these create slower digestion and longer energy burn that standard carbs and sugars which leave you looking for more.
4. Skin May Look Younger
Changing your diet may lead to healthier-looking skin. By eliminating sugary foods, and increasing more antioxidant-rich fruits and veggies, you could see smoother, supple-looking skin. Who would have thought, increasing healthy foods makes you healthier and younger feeling? Be sure everything you eat includes a nutrient-dense food like a fruit or veggie. If you are eating these you will be less likely to look for non-supportive foods.
5. Your Brain Will Fight Back
Your brain does a really good job of scanning your body to make sure everything is good. When it thinks it’s not good—like too much weight or body fat is lost—it’s going to rebel. Be prepared! Have a buddy, coach, or plan to fight back. You don’t want the friend who says, ‘It’s only one meal, go ahead and call it a cheat day” –Not helpful.
You need to focus on making your brain comfortable at a lower weight. Do this, and things will be a lot easier. – Positive affirmations throughout your day, your statements of “I am” to support your plan; ‘I am’ changing my health for the better, ‘I am’ in control of my cravings, ‘I am’ worth being strong and healthy.
6. Health Parameters May Change Right Away
Even if you don’t see changes in your weight right away, just know small positive changes are happening in your body. Your blood pressure might have dropped, small changes in cholesterol, and your cells maybe a little healthier.
This is one of my favorite result indicators that I get from clients. When they call me and say that because of their program with me, they have lowered or discontinued medications because their BP, Cholesterol, A1C, are back ‘Inline’. How great is that?
7. You May Want To Quit
Changing your diet isn’t going to be easy. In fact, there’s a chance you will want to quit. But, once you start seeing changes, it could keep you motivated to stick with it. To make it easy, don’t make too many changes all at once. Start slowly so it will be easier to manage. Instead of a full shift, my clients find it easier to start removing the unhealthy foods first, then adding in the quality foods they like to sustain their interest, progress, and success.
If you need help with where to start, contact us to discuss diets and I will help you with a quick overview of where to start making changes.
8. More Energy
You will feel more energy because you’re supplying the right nutrients to your body. You may feel rejuvenated and energetic, which could make sticking to your plan easier.
Big Tip: Changing your lifestyle is the biggest step to reaching your goals.
Being healthy is an ongoing practice. Don’t judge yourself, stay motivated no matter what, and get a good coach to help guide and support you so you can have the tools needed to overcome these obstacles.
We are always here to support, educate, and motivate you.
Until Next time…
Dedicated to your healthy lifestyle,