I’ve been asked many times how to stay on a diet without cheating, or how to eat in a healthy way for a long time without falling off the track? What is the secret to maintain our resolutions and our nutrition discipline? For many people, the idea of controlling their cravings of junk food seems a challenge despite their motivation to eat better and lose weight. In this article, I’m going to give the ultime best weight loss tips, that work 100% of the time and that can be implemented right now in your life. It is thanks to these tips that I managed to control my cravings of sugars and unhealthy foods. That led me towards a better health and a better energy and I wish you could achieve that too!
This is not the first time I’ve tackled this subject. Indeed, I talk about it in the last pages of my book Le guide alimentaire rajeunissant (Rejuvenating Nutrition Guidelines), which was published in 2008 and that you can find translated in English on this website for free. The fundamental idea is simple: what is not easily at hand when a craving comes has more than 99% of chances of not being consumed. It will look obvious but the number one of the best weight loss tips is don’t buy anything bad for your health.
Best weight loss tip #1: Don’t buy junk food, you won’t eat it.
Indeed, I know of very few people that will take their car and travel the distance to go buy something they know is bad for their health and that they are trying to avoid. The fact is that if the food is not at home and easily available, you have the best chances of not eating it. It is a simple tip but it works big time!
Why is this simple tip so important? Well, because a lot of people think that they can control themselves when it comes to nutrition. A lot of diets are based on self control, like reducing portions or eating precalculated portions. In many diet, people don’t necessarily avoid chips, pastries or chocolate, but they limit their consumption of such foods. These diet are destined to fail in the long term and here’s why.
First, because the brain is not reconditioned in this process. The brain is still waiting for the same comfort foods as usual, but you are just trying to limit your intake of such bad foods choices. You are not reprogramming your taste buds and your brain to expect new foods and new treats. You are not redefining your definition of nutrition but you are only limiting yourself for a certain amount of time to achieve some kind of goal. That’s wrong and a big waste of time. You should instead try to discover new foods and explore new tastes, try to find healthy comfort foods and have fun expanding your food choices instead of limiting yourself. Do you see the difference between the two approach?
Best weight loss tip #2: Explore new foods which are healthy and use them as substitute for unhealthy choices that you used to make.
For example, eat a fresh salad with a wide variety of vegetables and fish instead of pizza, eat soaked nuts instead of eating chips, eat dried fruits instead of eating candies, etc. This is how you can recondition your brain or reprogram it. This will yield result for the rest of your life since it brings evolution into your plate and your mentality.
Another reason why trying to control our consumption of unhealthy food is destined to fail is related to how we think as consumers. The logic is the following. The food once bought becomes an expense that we like to make profitable by consuming it. We have learned to make our consumer choices profitable, to avoid wasting stuff, this logic also acts on foods that we buy. Using all the food that we’ve bought is like making a logical move from the monetary point of view (as not wasting money), this brings some satisfaction. It also promotes excess and overconsumption. How many times have you eaten a little more to finish your plate or leave as few leftovers as possible during a meal? Why do we all do this? Simply because there is satisfaction at the feeling of finishing things (even if it is a chip bag or a box of biscuit). In a way we want to do a good thing, avoiding to waste food, because when we were young our mom told us: finish your plate! In addition to this logic that promotes excess, add the very appetizing tastes of food in the equation, then expecting people to be able to control themselves over temptation is almost impossible.
As the slogan of Lay’s Potato chips put it so well: “Try to eat just one”. Impossible, unless you make an exception to show that you are stronger than “that”. In truth, the idea of finishing the bag is there from its opening! This is due to what I explain: we like to finish things, we like to make a purchase profitable! Nothing better than to say to ourselves: I ate it, so it was a good buy! Used to the end … Our little capitalist side is undeniably associated with our tendency to excesses. We like to accumulate, we like to use money and feel that our choices make economic sense.
Finally, the problem of food taste is the last factor to consider. Indeed, taste is not the first reason why we often have cravings in the evening or in the day. In fact, the satisfaction of eating is more important than the taste in itself. Eating is comforting, even if the food is not so tasty. Who has never had a soda cracker rage! Nothing is more dry and unpleasant to taste when you think about it, but how pleasant is it to feel filled. If this is your case, you must grasp the immense impact of the psychological satisfaction of eating beyond taste. I can guarantee you that in no time, your body can find the same satisfaction in eating raw carrots as one of your favorite potato chips. The problem with processed foods that you like to taste is that this taste opens your appetite and has been designed to push you to excess. I know very few people who would make an excess of raw carrots … Nature was not designed to push us to excess, it is the man who denatures tastes and then loses its natural references.
If you understand what I’m saying, then you understand that the fight against junk food never takes place at home, because if that’s the case, you’re in a position of vulnerability and you will most likely lose this fight. On the contrary, if you learn to overcome the temptation of junk food while you are at the grocery store or supermarket, then the game turns to your advantage, you put yourself in a position of strength. Is it not much easier to completely avoid the rows of unhealthy products when doing grocery shopping (50% + rows) than to try to control your hunger against products manipulated to give you hunger? It does not seem to you so much more logical! To do this, make a shopping list of your ideal menu before you go grocery shopping and let nothing distract you from this list.
The advantage will be twofold: not only will you consume less unhealthy products, but you will consume good products in their place! Instead of trying to eat good chips or eat less, you’ll offer other foods to your body that can help it instead of harming it! I assure you that if your craving or hunger is real, you will find appetizing any food you can eat, even fruits, raw vegetables or nuts and other whole products.
Best weight loss tip #3: When you have a craving, eat raw vegetables or fruits.
For example, tonight I had a munchies before writing my new article. I looked in the fridge to nibble something. Watch the contents of my refrigerator. What bad choice could I make? Grapefruit, apples, radishes, parsley, cabbage, lemons, asparagus, pregerminated nuts, some meats in the freezer and that’s it. Of course, right now, my reserves are low but even when it is full, nothing there is bad for me. That’s the principle. If my craving is real and is not just a kind of psychological obsession to nibble, then I’ll find something interesting, even in this seemingly little choice … In other words, if I’m really hungry, I will necessarily eat something in what’s available, otherwise, I will simply pass.
I look quickly into my pantry to see if anything would tempt me more. Of course, there is not chips or unhealthy processed products. So, I have the choice to consume raw nuts, herbal teas, seeds of all kinds as well as whole grains (if my craving is more like hunger). This simplicity helps me to always make the best choices with respect to the needs of my body. Since my foods are pure and unprocessed, they do not make me consume excessively or unnecessarily. This is what opens the way to listening to my body: I wonder then what I really need?
In the end, I chose radishes and it was the best choice for me tonight. Rather than clog my liver with fatty foods or too much calories, I rather helped my liver and clean a little toxins before going to bed. Ultimately, it is these small choices added to each other that end up generating a synergistic action that rejuvenates and revives the body. This is the choice we all have every time we consume a food: meet the needs of the body or follow an excessive drive denatured by the food industry. This is how people lose contact with themselves and end up feeling nothing.
Be alert, your life can be transformed simply by transforming the way you do your grocery. To win the fight against junk food, do not buy junk food. It is as simple as that. To learn more about healthy nutrition and what delicious healthy choices you can make to lose weight and feel healthy, bookmark my website and consult my book Rejuvenating nutrition guidelines.
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