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The Perfect Diet For You In 6 Simple Steps

The Perfect Diet For You In 6 Simple Steps

You’ve tried everything and nothing works. Right?

Did you really try everything?

Have you tried: Paleo? Flexible Dieting? Low Carb? Carb Cycling? Intermittent fasting? South Beach? Vegan? Metabolic type diet?

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Should I keep going?

The point is that the perfect diet is out there. It may take a little diligence on your part to really give these a shot and find what works best psychologically for you. But have faith that the right diet exists, regardless of your goals.

Anyone who claims their diet is best is stating a personal preference… or misleading you (intentionally or through ignorance). We may all be similar biologically but our mental capacity and capabilities are very different. What I respond to is very different than what you respond to. That said here are 6 steps to discover the perfect diet for YOU!

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1. On Your Mark…

The basic principal of any successful diet is to burn more calories than you consume. In order to unsure you can control this you need to know where you are at currently.

There are plenty of calculators that can tell you what your current maintenance intake is but the best way is to find it yourself. To do this you will need a basic calorie counting app or website (there are MANY free options, just search for calorie tracker). Track your normal intake for the next 3 days. Now take the average of those 3 days and you have your starting point. To lose weight simply set your intake going forward to 85% of that number, keep tracking your intake… and you’re on your way!

2. Search And Find

Start looking at the many options available to you (I listed a couple at the beginning of this article). Look for something that sounds the most appealing to you, one that allows you the highest level of psychological comfort. But understand that all diets come with a level of discomfort. There’s obviously a give and take. After all, if it were easy then you probably wouldn’t be reading this.

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3. Take It To The Lab

You know your starting point, you found something that sounds good in principal… now give it a shot. Remember the number one rule for any diet is adherence. Stick with it and remember that as long as you create a calorie deficit you will lose weight.

4. Measure Your Success

People sometimes forget to measure more than just their weight while diet. You should be paying attention to how you feel both physically and mentally. Do you constantly feel uncomfortable or bloated or irritable. Are you feeling light, motivated or in control. Take note of more than just your weight because a diet that empowers you is what you’re after!

5. Make Adjustments

You can lose weight (or gain weight) on any diet if you make the proper adjustments, so the goal should be to find one that you like, then adjust to accommodate your goals. If you find you are not losing weight after a week or so then subtract 100 calories from your intake and reevaluate again. Don’t be too aggressive or you’ll back yourself up against a wall in the future and will have very little room to adjust should you stall again.

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6. Results…

Did the diet you chose make the grade? If it did then congrats, you may have found the perfect diet for you! Make sure you give it a couple weeks to really give it a fair chance. If it’s not the diet for you, don’t stress it’s out there just try another one.

The real beauty here is that you have the tools now you just need stay diligent and stay committed to finding your perfect diet!

Featured photo credit: Start diet today/Alan Cleaver via flickr.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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