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You Have To Quit You Low Fat Diet If You Want To Be Health! Here’s why!

You Have To Quit You Low Fat Diet If You Want To Be Health! Here’s why!

We Are All Influenced By The “Healthy Eating Trend”!

For the past couple of decades, we have become much more conscious about our diets as the healthy eating trend has brought extensive amount of information about flaws in our diet. By now, most people are familiar with basic concepts of healthy diet and can apply it to their everyday meal plan. One of the most common traits of healthy eating trend is low fat diet. Whether you are trying to lose a couple of pounds, or you simply want to take good care of your body, chances are that you may have started to include low fat groceries into your fridge and kitchen cupboard.

As the healthy eating trend was getting more hype, we could notice the shift in supermarkets’ shelves, as more and more products have received their low fat substitute. Being familiar with hazardous impact of fat to our heart health and our weight, we started to perceive saturated fat as greatest enemy to our health and we welcomed these dietary changes and quickly started to incorporate low fat groceries into our diets. However, our healthy choices haven’t exactly turned us into healthy and fit people we hoped to be, which made many rethink their diet options. Soon, a great number of research have found that the low fat trend isn’t actually beneficial to our health in any way. Moreover, the studies have shown that high-fat diet actually provides healthier solution for fitness and good heart health.

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The Truth Behind Low Fat Products

The sad truth about low fat products lies in the production process that requires fat substitutes, which undergo processing methods that than turn them into a trans-fat trigger in our body, making it more dangerous to our heart and cholesterol. Most often, high amounts of carbohydrates are added to substitute fat, therefore in many cases, low fat products contain far more calories that cause weight loss than the natural fat in food.

On the other hand, as opposed to previous research that showed insufficient proof of the efficiency of low fat diet to cardiac health and weight loss, more thorough research shows that opposite is true. According to the study [1] published in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates it is actually high fat and low carbohydrate diet that is far more beneficial to heart health and weight loss.

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Fat is an important agent for weight loss!

Even though it may sound illogical, partly because of the previously prevailing thought that fat is bad for our health, fat is actually important agent in our health and weight loss. As fat aids many metabolic processes, not all fat we consume is immediately turned into excess body fat. Moreover, fat consumption keeps us full for longer, therefore it helps to prevent overeating and sugar cravings that trigger fat gain.

According to the comprehensive research on the effects of fat consumption to hearth health and weight loss, saturated fat intake proved beneficial for both aspects. High fat diet proved to be beneficial for people who struggled to lose weight; reduced blood levels of triglycerides and provided additional protection for the heart by increasing levels of the good cholesterol (HDL – high density lipoprotein).

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Namely, previously mentioned study from the New England Journal of Medicine, that compared the effects of low-carbohydrate diet vs. low-fat diet on weight loss and heart health, has found that a low-carbohydrate, high-protein, high-fat diet showed “The increase in high-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations and the decrease in triglyceride concentrations were greater among subjects on the low-carbohydrate diet than among those on the conventional diet throughout most of the study.”

Low Carbs High Healthy Fat Diet is Actually Better For you!

Two other studies published in the Annals of International Medicine, presented results that spoke in favor of low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet as opposed to low-fat diet for weight loss and cardiac health. A 2004 randomized trial [2] studied 132 obese adults divided into two groups for each type of diet. After one year, the results showed significantly better improvement for the low-carbohydrate, high-fat group. Similar conclusions were drawn from the 2014 study. [3]

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Additionally, the British Journal of Nutrition shows the correlation between saturated fat consumption and reduced risk of heart disease in European countries.

Moreover, a six-year long study [4] participating 98,462 women showed that high-fat diet in women doesn’t pose threat to coronary heart disease.

As the research shows, high-fat diet consisting of healthy sources of fats and proteins is a far more healthy and efficient solution for staying fit and preserving coronary health. Whereas low fat diet has been popular in the past couple of decades, its effects are proven counter effective due to processing that adds calories. Diet rich in saturated fat is a more healthy way to lose weight and reduce the risk of heart disease as saturated fat aids in the production of protective cholesterol and reduces chances of overeating and cravings.

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Last Updated on October 20, 2020

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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