Confession time-I do miss watching Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares! There was something about Gordon Ramsay’s yelling and dropping the f-bombs in his attempt to fix the ailing restaurant’s problems from poor management, lack of experience and family egos-in some cases it was simply choosing to remain blindfold! Yelling expletives followed by cheering and a grand applause! However, the success was short lived.
A recent report showed that 60% of restaurants that appeared on Kitchen Nightmares have been sold or shut down. It isn’t Ramsay’s fault. . Most of these featured restaurants were in fact months away from closing before Ramsay shows up. We have seen time again that most reality shows are about short-term improvement (Biggest Loser, Celebrity Rehab, Secret Eaters) . What’s the take-away here? The on going off-camera improvement involves changing habits, which is not always easy.
When it comes to losing weight, there really isn’t a magic answer. Wouldn’t it be great to pop a pill and have the handles magically melt away? While there isn’t a magic answer to weight loss, there are things that you can practice for sustainable success. Note, I said practice and not a short term fix to drop a dress size.
Stay away from empty calories: First thing that has to go is the empty calories from drinks and snacks. Get used to water and nutrient dense drinks that wake your body from cellular level. Yes, green vegetable juices and smoothies do that. Limit your snacking by keeping temptations far away from you. Instead make it a habit of surrounding yourself with healthy snack options such as nuts and seeds, veggies , protein balls (these are lip-smacking delicious!)
Don’t skip meals: If you let yourself go without food for long, you deplete your body of the energy it so badly needs and leads you to make poor food choices. Consistency is the key. Do not be afraid to eat a meal but make a conscious effort to choose the right foods, savor each bite and enjoy every mouthful.
Watch your portions: Its simple maths when it comes to losing weight-calories in vs calories out. If you take more calories than what your body needs, you will gain weight. Watch your portions. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. Slow down and pay attention to what you are eating.
Exercise regularly: Unless you are physically unable for whatever reason, you should be exercising regularly. Eating right and exercising go hand in hand. You don’t need to sign up to an expensive membership to exercise. Walking is just as affective. So dump those lame excuses!
Stop Comparing Yourself and Start loving Yourself: I know this is easier said than done, but don’t let your vision of healthier, happier, sexier body come from celebrities on the covers of magazines or your friend who has shed tons load of fat by following such and such diet. Food deprivation, low fat foods aren’t the answer. Neither are meal plan shakes with loads of ingredients that sound more like a chemical cocktail. Don’t get me wrong, celebrities who endorse these products get paid and have a team of dietitians, nutritionists and fitness trainers working with them. And the friend who shared her weight loss story that made your skirt feel even tighter, will most likely pile the pounds back on once she starts eating a “normal’ diet. When it comes to diet and weight loss, there is no one size that fits all. If there was one, we all would have reached our perfect, dream vision already. Reading this post would have been an utter waste of your time! The bottom line is if you truly love your self, you will really look after your body , cherish and nourish it the way it should be. Don’t abuse it with latest diet experiments.
Practice the 90/10 mantra: Do you reach for the “fun” foods- we all need that every now and then. The trick lies in balancing the “must have’ and the ‘like to haves” . If 90 per cent of your food is healthy and good for you, then 10 per cent can be a treat, without undoing your good work. So one small scoop of Haagen Daz won’t throw your whole diet off-track (although the whole tub certainly will!) You still need to plan on plenty of vegetables, salads, fresh fruit, fish, lean meat and whole grains, but one-tenth can be “fun” or not-so-nutritious. Apply the same rule when you eat out with friends, at a family gathering or on holiday. I am now healthier than ever – I’m not obsessed with over-eating or not eating, I have broken my caffeine habit and I don’t fear food anymore. I do indulge but within the 90/10 rule. I eat “clean and healthy” 90% of the time and allow for 10% of my meals to be off that regimen. In my mind, that small treat is helping me cope with the fast-paced, on-the-go, stressful lives we now lead.
Why not give it a go and let me know how you get on? And if you feel ready to wake up from your own diet nightmare that has only resulted in a lighter wallet and greater guilt, book your 15 minute Discovery Session here!