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I Hate to Break It To You, But There Is No “Best Diet” for Fat Loss

I Hate to Break It To You, But There Is No “Best Diet” for Fat Loss

Searching for the elusive “best diet” for fat loss is like hunting for magical unicorns, because it doesn’t exist. If you doubt me, just think about all of the conflicting advice you’ve heard about healthy eating. First, fat was the devil; then healthy fat was okay (trans fat not so much), but watch out for those carbs; and can someone please tell me if eggs are healthy or not – final answer – anybody?

Funny thing, though: what constitutes the “best diet” for fat loss is more hotly debated than ever before.

In one corner, we have followers of the paleo diet, who won’t eat anything if it isn’t all natural. In the other, we have vegetarians who don’t eat meat; vegans who extend that ban to all animal-based products; and pescetarians, who are almost vegetarians but not quite because eating fish is okay in their book. And then there’s folks with a disposition for counting: the calorie-counters, IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros), point systems like Weight Watchers—you get the idea. With so much noise and so little clarity, it’s no surprise you feel overwhelmed by it all.

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What can you do? Tune out the noise and do what’s right for you.

What you eat should be determined by your needs—not somebody else’s opinion. I can’t identify the absolute best foods for you because I don’t know you. I can’t give you a “best diet” for fat loss because there’s not one. But I can help you become a mindful eater who is more aware of food’s influence on your body, mood, and feelings.

Will you try something for me? It’ll be super productive (and fun!). Start a food diary starting today (or tomorrow if you happen to be burning the midnight oil while you read this). Write down every meal, snack, and beverage you consume for the next month. Include any relevant details like:

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  • Your surroundings (are you eating in a restaurant or at home?)
  • How you felt after eating (did your meal make you feel fulfilled and energetic or lethargic and sluggish?)
  • A rating from 1-10 describing how much you enjoyed your meal

I would be willing to wager you’ll discover that natural, healthy foods like fruits and veggies make you feel a whole lot better than processed stuff. This should come as no surprise, but keeping a diary detailing your relationship with food will make it more difficult to dodge this reality.

For those of you thinking, “I just want you to tell me what to do!”

I wish I could tell you exactly what to do, but it’s quite impossible. Could I offer more precise detail if we sat down over coffee to chat about your needs, goals, lifestyle, potential food allergies, and personal preferences? Certainly. But we don’t have that luxury; we’re telepathically communicating VIA this article (which I’m so happy you’re reading, thank you for being here).

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The PointAnyone who claims their diet is THE best diet for fat loss is full of crap. There are too many variables at play for me or anybody else to claim we have it all figured out.

Access the wisdom of your Inner Nutritionist.

Marc David, founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating and author of “the Slow Down Diet” often refers to the inner nutritionist, which is a helpful guide available to every last one of us. Your inner nutritionist tells you all kinds of things: when you’re hungry, when you’re full, how different foods impact your mood, energy, and body in a variety of ways.

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You might be thinking, “That sounds way too easy, it can’t be that simple.” Valid response, but riddle me thisare you in full control of your eating decisions or do external cues influence what you eat? By “external cues,” I mean things like:

  • How stressful your day was
  • Who you’re eating out with
  • The amount of food available

Your inner nutritionist doesn’t care about any of that stuff. She just wants you to nourish your body with the foods that make you feel energetic, fulfilled, and happy. Begin your food diary today. Writing about your relationship with food will help you get in touch with your inner nutritionist, who will lead you to success if you let her.

There is no “best diet” that every single person should follow. Eat according to your needs (not somebody else’s opinion). Start your food diary today. After every meal, ask yourself: “Am I nourishing my body or am I depriving it?” Answer honestly and adjust as necessary.

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Daniel Wallen

Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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Last Updated on May 15, 2019

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

How to Tap Into the Power of Positivity

As it appears, the human mind is not capable of not thinking, at least on the subconscious level. Our mind is always occupied by thoughts, whether we want to or not, and they influence our every action.

“Happiness cannot come from without, it comes from within.” – Helen Keller

When we are still children, our thoughts seem to be purely positive. Have you ever been around a 4-year old who doesn’t like a painting he or she drew? I haven’t. Instead, I see glee, exciting and pride in children’s eyes. But as the years go by, we clutter our mind with doubts, fears and self-deprecating thoughts.

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Just imagine then how much we limit ourselves in every aspect of our lives if we give negative thoughts too much power! We’ll never go after that job we’ve always wanted because our nay-saying thoughts make us doubt our abilities. We’ll never ask that person we like out on a date because we always think we’re not good enough.

We’ll never risk quitting our job in order to pursue the life and the work of our dreams because we can’t get over our mental barrier that insists we’re too weak, too unimportant and too dumb. We’ll never lose those pounds that risk our health because we believe we’re not capable of pushing our limits. We’ll never be able to fully see our inner potential because we simply don’t dare to question the voices in our head.

But enough is enough! It’s time to stop these limiting beliefs and come to a place of sanity, love and excitement about life, work and ourselves.

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So…how exactly are we to achieve that?

It’s not as hard as it may seem; you just have to practice, practice, practice. Here are a few ideas on how you can get started.

1. Learn to substitute every negative thought with a positive one.

Every time a negative thought crawls into your mind, replace it with a positive thought. It’s just like someone writes a phrase you don’t like on a blackboard and then you get up, erase it and write something much more to your liking.

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2. See the positive side of every situation, even when you are surrounded by pure negativity.

This one is a bit harder to put into practice, which does not mean it’s impossible.

You can find positivity in everything by mentally holding on to something positive, whether this be family, friends, your faith, nature, someone’s sparkling eyes or whatever other glimmer of beauty. If you seek it, you will find it.

3. At least once a day, take a moment and think of 5 things you are grateful for.

This will lighten your mood and give you some perspective of what is really important in life and how many blessings surround you already.

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4. Change the mental images you allow to enter your mind.

How you see yourself and your surroundings make a huge difference to your thinking. It is like watching a DVD that saddens and frustrates you, completely pulling you down. Eject that old DVD, throw it away and insert a new, better, more hopeful one instead.

So, instead of dwelling on dark, negative thoughts, consciously build and focus on positive, light and colorful images, thoughts and situations in your mind a few times a day.

If you are persistent and keep on working on yourself, your mind will automatically reject its negative thoughts and welcome the positive ones.

And remember: You are (or will become) what you think you are. This is reason enough to be proactive about whatever is going on in your head.

Featured photo credit: Kyaw Tun via unsplash.com

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