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Four Signs Your Diet Might Not Be Right For You

Four Signs Your Diet Might Not Be Right For You

If you have recently set the goal to firm up your body and shed excess weight, one thing that you need to take into account is selecting the right diet plan. Already have one selected? Find out if it’s really the right diet for your goals.

Unfortunately, far too many people get into the habit of choosing a diet popular at the moment, or one they’ve heard other people have had great success with, whether friends or celebrities. The one thing you must keep in mind, however, is just because a diet worked for one person (or 10, as the case may be), it does not necessarily mean that it’s going to work for you.

Let’s go over the four main signs that you need to watch out for that would indicate the diet you’re on isn’t the best option for you.

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1. You’re Constantly Starving

The very first sign is that you’re constantly starving all the time. While some hunger is normal and to be expected on a diet plan, being hungry all the time is a sign that the diet is not for you.

This is often the case with those who are using very low carb diets or very high carb diet plans. A balanced diet tends to control hunger the best, as you’re getting a good amount of both carbs and fats, but if you go to the extreme, more problems may occur.

Another important point is that very low carb diets can be good at controlling hunger for most people, but this effect does tend to be over the short term. A very low carb diet used for weeks on end will eventually lead to significant hunger as the body is craving more carbohydrates.

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If you do find that a low carb approach does tend to keep you feeling less hungry, then just be sure to add in periodic high-carb days.  If you do that, you’ll feel less hungry and it will keep your body from going into ‘starvation mode’ which slows down your metabolism.

2. You Have Strong Food Cravings 

The second sign is if food cravings are out of control.  Again, some food cravings during the diet are quite normal but if you can’t focus on anything but certain foods, then it’s time to think more carefully about the type of diet you’re using.

You will not likely be able to eat all the foods that you would prefer to be eating as making healthy choices is still going to be a must, but you should have enough flexibility with the diet to still add in plenty of the foods that you do enjoy.

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If your diet is so restrictive that you can’t, you may want to reconsider your diet approach altogether. It may not be the best one for you.

Those who have the greatest success on a diet plan are often able to stick with it over the long haul, so don’t think that short-term deprivation is the way to go. It’s not and will just leave you seeking out comfort in foods you shouldn’t be eating sooner or later.

3. Your Workout Performance Is Declining

If your workout performance is on the significant decline, it might be worth a look into changing your diet program. It’s vital that you are eating enough to fuel your body properly and this is where some people run into problems.

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They are restricting their calories so much, yet still try to maintain a very high intensity workout program.

The more exercise you plan to do, the more you will have to eat to fuel this exercise. Neglecting to cover these needs is extremely unhealthy and will only make it more difficult to lose weight as time goes on.

4. You’re Constantly Cheating

Finally, the last indication is when you become a habitual diet cheater. While there are some who are just bad with sticking to diets, period, for the most part, if you are really struggling with maintaining the diet and you typically don’t, that’s a good indicator something is up.

Usually, this is also due to a very intense diet that isn’t providing you with the nutritional support that your body needs. Extreme diets are very hard on the body and this is usually what makes sticking with them next to impossible.

So have a good look over your current diet approach or the one that you’re considering and prevent any of these issues from occurring by changing your diet!

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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