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Are you doomed to FAIL?

By: Team lumiNutri

So you've decided that enough is enough and you are finally going to get the body, health and lifestyle you've always wanted? That's great and not an easy decision to make. The next logical step is to commit to immediately turning your life on it's head, tell yourself that this is brand new you, that you will go to bed early, eat only 'healthy' food, never drink again and exercise like never before! 

Now before you pull that metaphoric trigger, we'd encourage you to take a moment to consider your new lifestyle for the long term. Why? Because if you can't commit to something in the long-term, you absolutely must have a transition plan in place for when your 'diet' ends otherwise you are doomed to fail before you have even had your first salad and ran your first mile. 

Let's take a look at almost liquid diet, they work in the short term because they provide a significant calorie deficit and anyone can do almost anything for a couple of weeks so they have done what they promised you right? You wanted weight loss and you go it, so job done right? Not exactly.

You know from the outset that at some point, you will eat solid food again but if your calorie intake isn't gradually increased over time after something like this, you could be in big trouble from a body weight perspective. 

What's not mentioned with most traditional 'diets' is that when you then go back to eating 'normally', you will not only gain weight but you will most likely end up weighing more than you did in the first place. It's a vicious circle that isn't going to end anytime soon unless you break this pattern. 

If you want to make a real change, you need to 'RESET YOUR NORMAL' and develop habits that will work for you today and years from now. That means if you want to lose weight and keep it off, you have to find a way to make exercise enjoyable and find a calorie intake that gives you an overall calorie deficit but provides you with enough of the food you like to eat to make it manageable and not even feel like a diet. 

So before you begin any new health kick, just take a little time to be honest with yourself from the outset. For most people it's completely unrealistic to completely remove food whole groups (i.e carbs) or individual items (alcohol, chocolate, crisps, etc) for a sustained period of time. So if you accept this and look to find a way to include these items in moderation not only can you see great results but you will also avoid the psychological roller coaster of the self inflicted guilt you place upon yourself if you miss a workout or eat/drink something you've vowed not too.

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