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3 Diets You Have Never Heard Of

3 Diets You Have Never Heard Of

There is no perfect diet. What works for one person may not work for another. This is why we see so many new diets pop up all the time. Below, we have some of our favorite diets that you probably have never heard of.

The Whole 30 Diet

The Whole 30 is a diet that aims to change the way your body processes food within 30 days. It is one of the strictest diets that we have seen. Its virtues have been sworn by legendary all-star basketball players Kobe Bryant and LeBron James.

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This diet is a variation of the Paleo diet. It requires you to avoid eating any sugars, dairy products, grains, and alcohol. You will be sticking to a diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, and protein dense foods.

This is a short-term diet that will help you get rid of carb cravings for good. Although it will be hard through the 30-day commitment, by the end of it, you should have virtually eliminated any cravings for sugars or carbohydrates that you normally have. This will make it a lot easier to stick to a more traditional diet afterward. It’s a great way to kick off any weight loss journey.

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The 17 Day Diet Plan

The 17 Day Diet is actually a long-term diet plan. It works in cycles that consist of 17 days each. Within each cycle, you will stick to diet plans that have different ratios of proteins, fruits, and carbohydrates, which is similar to the Dukan Diet (Kate Middleton uses this one) where proteins and carbs are strictly monitored in ratios.

Once each 17-day cycle is complete, your diet will change and you will start a new cycle with the altered macronutrient ratios. The reasoning behind this is that your body will begin to adapt to your new diet within 17 days. Once this process begins, the program gives you an entirely different diet to switch to.

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This is one of our favorite diets because it emphasizes a complete and healthy meal plan. It starts you off with a hearty breakfast that is packed with proteins and carbohydrates to give you the energy you need throughout the day. Along with following the meal plan that it provides you with for each cycle, it also recommends that you commit to 17 minutes of exercise every day to accelerate your weight loss.

The 5:2 FastDiet

Used by celebrities like Beyonce, JLo, and Miranda Kerr, the 5:2 FastDiet allows you to eat whatever you want five days out of the week. The catch is that you have to limit your calorie intake to 600 per day on two of those days. The “fast” in the FastDiet refers to the two days you will be fasting.

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During the five normal days, you should stick to a healthy diet that will allow you to maintain your current weight each day. On the two fasting days, you will strictly focus on weight loss. The average sedentary person needs around 2,000-3,000 calories a day. By breaking even on five of the days and limiting your diet to 600 calories twice per week, it will result in a net loss of at least 2800-5600 calories by the end of each 7-day cycle. With that, you can expect to lose up to 1 to 2 pounds per week.

The fasted days should be spaced out evenly throughout the week. There should be three or four days between each fasting day to allow your body to keep your energy levels up throughout the week.

Which Diet Is Right for Me?

The best diet for you will depend on your own personal preferences and goals. Read through these diets and see if any of them appeal to you. Each of these diets has been shown to work when they are followed correctly. If you are ready to finally drop those extra pounds that you have been carrying around, pick the one that suits you best and commit to it.

Featured photo credit: Moyan Brenn via flickr.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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