Best Diets That Work

I was reading a comment on a blog that I follow where the person stated, “I haven’t found a diet that works for me.” And I realized that many people feel the same. People are looking for the best diets that work. Guest what? Even though there are many diets out there, you will not find one that works in the long term.

Let’s face it. As a nation, we are obese! And we are all looking for that easy way out. We are looking for a diet pill or shake. Really we are looking for a magic potion to make us thin again.

Stop looking for a diet! Diets don't work!
Stop looking for a diet! Diets don’t work!

In the article below I will explain to you why you have been struggling to lose weight and why being healthy goes hand in hand with weight loss.

It is more of a mindset than anything else. If you can fix your relationship with food, you can lose the weight.

Changing your relationship with food is simply when we eat food to nourish our body, rather than making us feel better. Often without even realizing it, we eat simply because we can.

For example, one day when I was first trying to lose weight, I noticed that I was eating some potato chips. I wasn’t even aware what I was doing. I had just about eaten half a bag. But the scary part was that I wasn’t even hungry. I was eating these chips simply because they were there.

This mindless eating is what got me fat. It made me realize that I was out of control and needed to make a change. But change didn’t come easily because I couldn’t simply quit. And this lack of control with food made feel feel like a total loser.

You see certain foods like highly processed foods and carbs are extremely addictive. It is difficult to simply quit eating them.

When many people feel out of control with their weight and diet, they want to do a “diet” and diets are restrictive. They make you feel like you have to be perfect. And the truth is that no one is perfect. Yet, when we do diets and they don’t work, we feel like big fat failures.

This is why diets don’t work.

But the good news is you can get healthy and feel in control as you lose weight by changing your relationship with food.

How do I change my relationship with food?

Educate yourself by learning the science of how your body uses nutrition to thrive. When you do this, you will quickly realize that most of the foods in stores are not even “real food”. And this crap that we eat is what is making us fat.

It is important to realize that carbs and sugar which comes from processed foods are what is making us fat and not well.

Once you realize that the food you eat is making you sick, you can start to eat healthier foods.

If you are struggling with your weight, please know it isn’t your fought and you are not alone. There is lots of support out there for those who are looking to finally find a solution.

In order to lose weight, you need to be ready to make a lifestyle change. A health coach can help you know where to start.

As a health coach, I am currently taking on new clients. My rates are very reasonable and I offer one on one counseling over the phone or Skype.

If you want to learn more about working with me, you can contact me a wendy@fatlossatfifty.com to set up a free consultation.

I will share with you how I lost 60 pounds and have help many others do the same. It is not about finding diets that work. It is about finding a healthy lifestyle and loving yourself!

You got this!

~Wendy

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Not Losing Weight on Keto?

Not losing weight on keto?

Have you hit a weight loss plateau? Or perhaps you are not losing weight on keto. 

Keep in mind that the entire goal of this lifestyle is to get healthy first. We are all different. Many people see weight loss right away. Many loose as they go along. And yet others need to heal their body on the inside in order to lose the weight. The body is sort of cool as to how it protects us. You see when we under stress and unhealthy our body holds on to fat, especially in the mid section as a sort of protection. As we heal and begin to use that fat as fuel, the body will slowly begin to thin out.

The scale only gives you a number. Your lack of body weight doesn’t account for all of the good things you have changed on the inside. This is an important point that I learned from Dr. Berg. He says that there are better indicators to look for. And he is 100% correct. When I was in the process of losing my 60 pounds, there was many weeks that I was on a sort of plateau. I didn’t see any change to the scale yet there were many indicators that I was healing my body. 

Loss of inches is a better indicator of weight loss!

You see often the weight loss that you see on the scale is actually water weight. Especially if someone loses more than 2 pounds. Anything over 2 is most likely water weight. So when someone first starts a keto diet, they may lose a lot of water that they have been retaining. This is a good thing because it is a part of healing. As the body heals, this loss of water weight may slow down or even stop. This is NOT the time to quit this way of eating! No! You need to continue and let your body do what it needs to do to help you get healthy.

There are subtle changes that show this way of eating is working. I have listed some that I experienced below. But the biggest indicator was the tape measure around my belly button and the fact that my clothes kept getting loser. 

Here are some of the other indications that I experience…

  • I felt amazing! The energy is over the top and I no longer felt the urge to nap in the afternoon. My energy lasted all day.
  • My clothes continued to get loser.
  • I found that I became more emotionally stable. Meaning I didn’t cry as easily and I handled stress much better.
  • I began sleeping through the night and getting a deeper sleep. I woke up energetic and ready for the day.
  • My chronic sinus problems and many alergies went away.
  • One day I woke up and realized that my knees and joints no longer hurt.

It isn’t about a number on a scale! It’s about the quality of life! Its about how you feel! Its about health and self esteem!

If you are not seeing the scale move but you are seeing some of the other changes than keep pushing on! And don’t quit. 

Keep in mind, it took you years to get unhealthy. You may not see results overnight. But don’t quit on yourself or self sabotage by stressing over a simple number on the scale. If you need to, pack the scale away for a month or two and just let your body heal.

If you struggle with the need to jump on the scale daily and this action in its self stresses you out, then I highly recommend you read Dr. Bergs book, It’s Not Lose Weight to Get Healthy, It’s Get Healthy to Lose Weight.

Please share you experience below: 

Does the scale stress you out? How do you deal with it? 

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For those of you out there that have lost weight on keto, please share some to the indicaters of health that you experience. This may help others.

Lose Weight During Menopause

Today I wanted to take a moment to talk to those women in their late 40’s early fifties who are going through menopause.

I have actually been going through menopause for the past 5 years. I actually lost my period for about 9 months and thought I was finally done, but then this year I started getting it again every 2 months. Menopause is not predictable, nor is it fun.

Today I wanted to address one of the biggest issues with women who are going through menopause. The issue I’m talking about is weight gain or the inability to lose weight during and after menopause. It’s almost as if our own bodies are fighting us. The pounds don’t want to drop. I know. I’ve been there.

The good news is YOU can lose weight during menopause. I know, because I’m doing it and I can show you how to do the same.

My story…

I was a bit scared to age because I had heard all of the terrible things that you hear about like night sweats, low sex drive, vaginal pain during sex, and hormones being out of wack. Plus the weight gain. Basically, we get gross and ugly. Right?

I was pretty fortunate in that I really didn’t have any night sweats or hormonal problems and I didn’t lose my sex drive. But I did have problems with my hair turning stringy and boring looking. My gray was coming in all even and my skin was always dry and flaky.

But my biggest problem is the weight gain. Menopause sucks!

Over the last 5 years or so it didn’t matter how much I worked out and how low my calories intake was, I seemed to keep holding onto my weight. It was frustrating because I was eating lots of fruits, veggies. Little or no fat. And I was still gaining.

It wasn’t until I discovered that I was doing it all wrong. I learned that I actually needed to give my body more fat in order to turn it into a fat burning machine.

You can read more about my high fat story here.

It wasn’t until I discovered eating a low carb high fat diet back in March. Now 20 pounds later I feel amazing. And this is no exaggeration!

Yes, seeing the pounds drop is fun, but it isn’t really just about the weight loss. I have had some pretty unexpected results happen to me.

Here are a few…

  • No more joint pain:  I don’t have any joint pain at all. This is huge because my knees and hands used to have really bad joint pain. And they would crack when I would bend down to pick something up. It is almost as if my joints have been greased or lubricated. I just feel loose and relaxed.
  • No more stomach problems: It seemed like it was always something. I never really felt good. Sometimes I would have heartburn. Other times upset stomach with diarrhea and then I would be constipated. I never know what my stomach would do from one day to the next. Now I am regular and don’t have any problems at all.
  • No more mood swings:  I am not nearly as emotional as I used to be. I used to be almost manic. My doctor actually wanted to put me on Prozac in order to help me with my stress and anxiety. But since eating low carb and eliminating sugar from my diet, I no longer have mood swings. I mean none at all. Not even if I have my period. This makes my partner really happy. He didn’t enjoy living with a “crazy” woman.
  • Sinus problems are gone: I can sleep soundly and never wake up feeling like I need to breathe through my mouth. I rarely even need to use my allergy medication.

Weight loss has been easier than ever. I always heard it was hard to lose weight when you are over fifty, but I have found that eating a low carb high fat diet has changed my life.

What about you? Have you found it difficult to lose weight during menopouse?