lets create a visual
(Junk Food) — to — (Healthy food)
this is a ratio, now, if you are looking for long lasting results and not some lose weight quickly diet, the answer is very simple,
just change the ratio of (Junk Food) to (Healthy food),
you do not need to cut out all the junk food and all the things you like, you just need to cut down on how often, if, you allow your body a higher ratio of (Healthy food) your body will start to register how the contrast makes you feel, you will start to notice how much more energy (Healthy food) gives you contrasted against the sugar rushes that are rampant in (Junk food), you brain will start registering (Health food) as -good-,
after awhile of this you will start to find yourself craving (Healthy food) all the time and cringe at the idea of to much (Junk food), and this is because you have started to pay attention to the actual cause/effect of your diet and you feel the contrast more and more as long as you maintain a healthy ratio,
so, to loose weight and live well, the only thing you need to tweek is the ratio and your body will start to shift for you, you need to make your mind aware of why you should change your diet.
if you feel the need to eliminate all junk food then you are not overcoming the problem, you are only sweeping it under the rug, the decision to eat (Junk food) excessively is an impulse, something you control, therefore to completely hide from it is to submit to its power over you, you can’t help yourself so you bury it, when this simply isn’t true.
what do you guys think? i understand this idea is very basic, but it seems with all the dieting advice out there, people don’t seem to see it, this is something i have seen for myself and though i understand that it may just be this way for me, the mental aspect seems to capable of being applied generally, atm, my ratio is about 90-10, when i started to pay attention i began with about a 60-40,
Another way to look at it: truly sustainable diets are not diets. They are a new way of living, a new way of looking at the human body and food. Without a higher level of awareness, diets are destined to fail in the long run because the person still doesn’t see the human body and food the right way.
A new philosophy is what it takes for a lot of people to lose weight, get in shape, and stay that way.
Good thread dude.
yea dude, agreed, i once got caught in all the, limit your diet for x amount time and lose x weight, and i always thought, ok, i don’t doubt by following that plan i will lose weight, but what happens when the diet is over?
i feel this is where a lot of people sink back and eventualyl are what they were before.
o yea, agreed, to me, healthy living comes down to the Big 3, Diet, Sleep, and Exercise, and this is grade school knowledge, so i feel kinda dumb realizing it so late in life, but hey, at least i know what feeling like shit feels like, now once i’m healthy, i’ll be less likely to go back.
@devonalixandra, I think you may have missed my point, or just wanted to say what I said in a different way. Because that’s exactly my point. People think a diet means eating healthy for a while until you lose weight and then you can go back to eating what you were eating before.
And you’re right, everyone has their way of eating. And it takes the proper way of eating (the proper diet) to maintain a healthy body. That’s exactly what I was saying. Thanks for your contribution sir.
@tine, “and this is grade school knowledge, so i feel kinda dumb realizing it so late in life,” lol. I find I often realize common knowledge later in life. Totally understandable, though, cliches don’t hit home until you have done something or seen something which defines it and internalizes it. It’s all about the internalizing. I’m still confused about how someone eats healthy & maintains weight without counting calories. I maintain weight because I’m lucky with my metabolism and don’t eat much, however, I don’t know how I’d do it if I weren’t this way. Gotta try and get my momma bear & papa bear to change their philosophy as Zyk mentioned. They know they need to, say it, but they won’t really commit. I don’t know if I should be stern or not? I would feel bad being stern or guilt-tripping my parents when they may not even commit anyway :/ . Also, its kind of selfish, I want their health to be better so they live longer for my own sake, lol. Wooh, just had to get that all off my chest. Good thread.
@tine, afaik weight gain is tied into your blood-sugar levels. If your levels are too high then your excess energy is stored as fat. If your blood-sugar levels are too low then your muscle is burned to make up for the energy deficit.
so the logical thing to do is to eat small amount throughout the day to maintain a good medium level, avoiding large meals as this will cause a heavy blood-sugar spike that you couldnt possibly burn off in time.
also you must acknowledge the way that different types of foods release their energy. changing to brown bread and brown rice etc causes a slower energy release than their white counterparts so this should maintain healthy blood-sugar levels and lead to healthier bodyweight!
this is my understanding, feel free anyone to correct me
thanks man, i understand, that’s tough, people get locked in eating habits and they usually reflect their emotionally state when they start them, unfortunately for people that are older and who have eaten a certain way for a long period, it is much harder for them to visualize the reality of changing and how this would literally benefit them,
i imagine though, that if they see you really changing and see an energy spark in you, they might follow suit, i guess, consider yourself a trailblazer, lead by example, don’t guilt, tell them how wonderful you feel and how much energy you have because of the changes and offer to pass on some knowledge, freely pass it on without them asking, create positive psychological anchors, examples of how much better they can be, through your own progress.
hey man, thanks for the additional context, i hadn’t consider the energy release, would you mind expanding on this or linking a reference that would explain it?
–so the logical thing to do is to eat small amount throughout the day to maintain a good medium level,–
yea, my job made me naturally grow into this pattern, i found it later it was a beneficial way of living.
i know this probably sounds boring, but i view food as an energy source first and foremost, this thought put food into perspective for me, cooking developed to make it taste better or for efficiency purposes, often both.
this link should provide you with some good information on the subject but some further googling might be needed. i first started researching this for weight gain as i never had enough energy when working out. But im sure its also relevent to weight loss.
if you have doubts, swap your white bread for wholegrain bread and youll notice the difference, your energy levels will be better sustained throughout the day.
healthy human = physical, mental, spiritual
it begins with the physical, i’ve been doing exactly what your post suggests and been changing the ratio, it’s paid off, you’re right, you feel a hell of a lot more energetic and you begin to feel the need to eat less because the food you’re eating gives you all the energy you need to sustain yourself.
for people looking to eat healthy: try replacing sugary drinks or bad drinks in general with green tea and try taking fish oil tablets. that did it for me anyway
Although I understand completely what you are saying, I just wanted to mention not to forget that being skinny doesn’t equal to being healthy. I notice this thinking happening a lot in America. You can be stick-thin and have a relatively high fat content, lack sufficient muscle, and be malnourished while eating junkfood most of the time. Being healthy is being healthy, and your internal organs aren’t automatically nourished and healthy if you happen to have a super high metabolism paired with tiny built frame thanks to genetics. Someone with a natural bmi of 15 that’s eating a couple of pasties a day instead of real, healthy food and being a couch potato is being just as detrimental to their health. This association tends to happen because society is often so hyper-focused on losing weight as their centerpiece defitnition of healthy behavior.