The key to staying on a diet is figuring out how you’ll maintain a stable mood and be happy. Once you figure out this, dieting is just like any other task during the day – it’s something you do and that’s about it. Dieting doesn’t – and shouldn’t have to have any negative emotions attached to it!
There are a lot of reasons why you might feel bad on a diet. Below are some of the most common:
1. Your body hasn’t converted to fat burning yet
There’s an adaptation process that has to happen in the body for you to lose weight: your body’s biochemical pathways have to convert from fat storing to fat burning. In men, this process can take up to 10 days; in women it’s about five days. This doesn’t mean you won’t start burning fat and losing weight before that but it does mean that your body will burn fat more efficiently after the conversion.
2. Your adrenals were burnt out before you started your diet
Adrenal stress is common in people in our modern day society, and stress interferes with weight loss. You’ve heard about the cortisol causing belly fat, right? Cortisol is a stress hormone your body makes when you’re under the gun and stressed out to the max. Adrenal gland support is the answer, and all it takes is a cup of ginseng tea daily to reduce the levels of cortisol and other stress hormones.
3. You are running low on B vitamins
If you’re a yoyo dieter, you’ll have low levels of B vitamins once you go on a skimpy diet. Also, high amounts of stress deplete the body of B vitamins. A high potency B complex vitamin can make all the difference in the world and you only need one a day.
4. You have a low zinc level
Eating a lot of processed foods depletes your zinc levels, and zinc activates hundreds of enzymes in the body, many which are related to energy production.
5. Your previous bad experiences with dieting have set low expectations
If you have previously failed at weight loss, it’s difficult to get back up on the ‘elephant’ after you’ve been tossed off. This is why you have to make sure you have a rock solid reason why you’re using a new method, and that new method has to be scientific. This way if it doesn’t work, at least you’ll know that your body didn’t need to address the particular reason why that diet worked.
6. You may be constipated
Constipation means food isn’t moving through the intestinal tract. This means that it’s sitting in your intestinal tract, making you cranky. Get it out! Don’t wait for something to happen on its own. There are many over-the-counter remedies, as well as natural relief options. The more you have regular bowel habits, the better you will feel.
7. All your friends are partying and eating whatever they want
It may be time for some new friends or maybe you need to reassess your incorporation of food into your life. Do you have to eat or drink every time you are with your friends? Aren’t there other things you could do together? Make sure you communicate with your friends that you are trying to live a healthier lifestyle so they can understand your needs. Maybe you'll learn that one of your friends is also on a diet and the two of you can become diet support buddies.
CATEGORIES: Diet, Happiness, Diet Tips, Healthy, Vitamin Deficiency, Bad Mood