9 Advantages of a detox diet

lemons MGD©Are Detox Diets any good?

Well there are good and bad points. They are not the be all and end all. You are not going to stay on a detox diet for a long time. They are not the magic bullet that many involved in selling them will have you believed.

In saying that they do have some advantages, we will quickly go through them here and save the disadvantages for another time

1/ If a detox diet is going to get someone motivated to start getting healthy its great
2/ People may actually stop eating eating the garbage they have been putting in their mouths long enough to result in them feeling better and having more energy
3/ there could be a flow on effect with the positive outcomes resulting in better thinking about personal nutrition
4/ May help people train their tastebuds to enjoy healthier foods. It can be tough at the start and people may miss certain foods however your tastes can definitely change. The longer you go without certain foods, the less you will need them
5/ Encourages people to drink more fluids, including water
6/ Helps you cut down or eliminate alcohol
7/ Gets people talking and thinking about what they are fuelling themselves with
8/ Might get people interested in looking at other healthy habits
9/ May give people confidence needed to keep going

Inner game to weight loss

networkgetting your inner world together will make it easier to get your outside, physical world together as well.

If you are all wound up, stressing, having constant negative thoughts it will end up sabotaging what results you are getting with your weight-loss goals

Some people will lose weight when they are stressed but this is not all people including you? Plus its not healthy if you are losing weight in this situation.

so how do you get your inner life together?

Well thats the hard part i am no expert there.

In saying that when i am usually messed up with my thoughts i usually try to simplify things. i know i need sleep, need to cut down on sugar, to cut down on alcohol, to get outside for walks and spend time with positive friends or family.

Its usually a circle sort of thing you must get your outside together first in some way to improve your inner together. Then its likely to be interlinked, the more your outside starts coming together, the more your inner – which helps to further improve your outer – then it just keeps snow balling.

I don,t try to block out negative thoughts, i don’t try to change anything in my head. i try to let my body change things physically and let my brain follow. I have not always done it this way but it seems to work when i am feeling a little down.

Simplify. And get out of my head.

Tim Ferriss in his book the Four Hour Body says it better than me when asked
What is the fastest way for someone to improve their inner game?

Tim responds

“improve your outer game.
If you want to be more confident or effective, rather than relying on easily defeated positive thinking and mental gymnastics, learn to run faster, lift more than your peers, or lose those last 10lb (4.5kg). Its measurable, its clear, you cant lie to yourself. It therefore works.
Recall Richard Branson’s answer to the question,”How do you become more productive.” work out.”

Earlier in the chapter he quotes his dad about losing weight

“…after losing 50 or 60 pounds and doing what you once thought impossible, you start to see the other “impossibilities” – doubling income in 12 months or whatever – as “possibles”.


hmuqlDBfHello I am writing more and more, well typing and trying to find ways of integrating it more into my daily set up. This is so I can provide more information to people that I hope will benefit from the information or at least entertain them.

The first month is about starting and keeping habits. Deciding what habit you are going to start, keeping that habit small and easy so you its not too hard to keep. Finding a trigger for the habit. Recording when you complete the habit (i use an app) and not getting all worked up if you miss doing the habit for one day, just starting again the next. My habit is meditating
, so far I have completed at least 10 minutes of meditation per day for 18 days straight. I am using an online program called Headspace. Its the first time I have stuck with meditating even though its only been 18 days I am enjoying it and seeing benefits already.

You cant keep relying on motivation to keep you going with your weight-loss journey. You must have initial motivation or will power to set up a habit but then once a habit is engrained and automatic you will not need motivation again until you stop the habit and need to start it up again. You can then use your motivation and will power for another habit to set up. A series of habits will get you through to your goal.

Having someone that you are accountable for your actions is a good way to keep on track. Keeping records s important because you are being accountable to yourself. There is no side stepping the results when they are there right on the page.

You cant be too hard on yourself if you miss a day with your habit. Just pick yourself up and start a fresh the next day. Being hard on yourself will only bring more pressure and negativity into your thoughts.

You want to associate completing a habit with ease. Thats why its great to start off small and then once that small habit is in place begin to increase it. Example you want to start running. Your goal is to run 10 kms. I wouldn’t try to start running 10kms off straight away especially if you haven’t run for a while. Start with just walking, then walking and running a little with intervals then slowly make your run intervals longer while making your walking intervals shorter.

If you want to lose 20kgs. Don’t try to lose it all in 2 weeks or 2 months. Step back and have patients. Little by little, step by step. Break it don into 1/2 kg per week. Concentrate on getting your eating right and moving more. The more weight you have to lose the easier o lose it at the start. Don’t try to motivate yourself and be too hard on yourself right at the start. Just start, give yourself some time and ease into it. The results will motivate you as you see them go in your favour.

If the results don’t go in your favour, you could of hit a plateau. Sometimes weight loss will take a couple of weeks to show in some people.

This is where having an experienced objective person on the sidelines look at your results, your food diary and your exercise diary and steer you in the right direction. If you sit on a certain weight for a couple of weeks you might need to change something. But the situation doesn’t call for something drastic. This is the time where you can sabotage yourself and your results.

You might need a break from all your hard efforts. You might need a break, step off the gas a little and freshen up. Or you might need a good kick in the bum. Which one is it? Honestly you need to step back and look at it objectively, need to take the emotion away from the decision, you might need help with this

3 simple steps to start your weight loss journey

3 simple steps to start your weight loss journey

Step 1/ Search for the right weight-loss system for you…
• realise there is no magic diet out there,
• no diet has 100% success rate,
• everybody is different,
• you have to find a weight loss system that is right for you.

Step 2/ keep in mind, the more complicated the weight-loss system is, the more likely it will not work in the long run or under times of high stress.

Step 3/ Realise that you already know everything you need to, about the subject of losing weight.
• Don’t let the information overload get to you,
• get back to basics
• stay away from all gimmicks that promise the world.

If you need some help and support on your weight loss journey, contact us here at You Are What You Eat

The role of a weight loss Coach

071Develop trust and rapport with the client, to be friendly but to be objective so the client has the best opportunity to achieve their weight loss goals while feeling comfortable in a positive environment

The coach will set out rules of what they expect of the client and what the client can expect from them

The coach will look at the weight loss goals of the client, the clients past, present and near future lifestyle and will give honest feedback of what they think is possible

They will change negative goals into positive ones and with client set benchmarks so it is objectively known when a target has been reached

They will assess current eating patterns, set out any changes within a written diet plan and continue to monitor clients compliance with changes

Coach will communicate with client to uncover any barriers that stop change and will work out solutions to overcome them, for eg. it might mean client has to comply with one small change to start off with before moving on

Client will become more aware of what they are eating, tastes, smells and touch

As time goes on measurement of success will be assessed and reassessed, new goals may become available

Clients confidence and independence away from Coach will increase

Continual monitoring until goal is met or client is confident they can achieve goal by themselves with…personal accountability due to increase in self knowledge and confidence

Losing weight and golf

Losing weight and keeping it off is one of those things that sound simple but is actually deceiving

Well meaning friends and family will give you a host of information like just eat a little less and exercise more

But sometimes knowing what you have to do but doing it are two different things altogether

Some very smart people in this world are overweight and have trouble losing and keeping weight off

Let's look at other another activity that sounds easy and simple but is quite actually hard

Golf – sounds easy enough, hit a little white ball around with a stick and get it in the hole, but for anyone that has played the game knows how hard it is

If you were just starting to play golf, you wouldn't be surprised if you weren't like Tiger Woods in your first game, you wouldn't be too hard on yourself for miss hitting and making mistakes, hopefully anyway. Why are people so hard on themselves if they don't lose weight and keep it off on their first attempt?

Is it because it seems so simple? Is it because they have read all the articles, books and watched the TV shows about it, they think they should be experts by now and this time it should be easy?

But maybe it's not the knowing that is the hard part but actually the doing?

Sure there's tips and tricks to losing weight, however like golf you are not going succeed by reading and trying out adhoc tips here and there

You have to commit, have a plan and structure, have an objective voice like a coach or caddy that will steer you in the right direction, that will stop you second guessing yourself

You don't have to win everyday but if you are out there being consistent, following your plan you are going to come out on top

You might not end with the body of your favourite movie star or in golfing terms end up playing like Tiger Woods, however wether it's in a couple months, a year or a few years you will looking at a different person in the mirror to now

A plan and someone objective on your side will get you there quicker and help you stay like that

Time, Energy and Relationship Rich

Remember that scene I think it was Rocky 4 against Ivan Drago ” I must break you” (please correct me if that's not how you spell his name) when Rocky trains in that old log cabin in the snow using old training techniques like throwing logs around running in the snow etc while Drago is training in his high tech gym with wires coming off him?

Rocky ends up winning, I don't know what it's got to do with this topic but I liked that movie as a kid

If you have money to spend on your weight problem, go for it, is it going to make you lose the weight? I don't know, but you don't need to spend money to lose weight and achieve your goals. In fact if you stopped spending money in general, maybe you will be able to cut down on working so hard

Aim to be time, energy and relationship rich instead of money rich

That way you will have time to cook at home, to complete your exercise routine, to have a better adjusted and healthier life

I know it's not possible for everybody, people have responsibilities, young families, long work hours, long commutes, community and sporting events to attend.

However there might be a chance in the near future where you can set up things to have more time instead of working back. A chance to forgo more cash for time, time to go down the park for a walk, go to the fruit market to buy fresh ingredients to set yourself up for the week

One of the biggest problems with today's lifestyles is eating out. It doesn't have to be takeaway to be problematic. Eating what seems to be like a healthy meal at a restaurant could in fact be a lot more energy dense than what you think. Chiefs cook with lots of butter and oils to make their meals taste so good, let's face it they do this so you keep coming back. Save yourself the money and cook at home, save the eating out for special occasions.

Another problem is having enough money to have a membership at a fancy gym, full of new equipment, pools, fluffy white towels and spas but not having enough spare time to actually use it. Not having enough time to join a team sport or recreation which is great not only for fitness but for your social life as well. You don't need to go out to dinner or go out for drinks to be social, join a team!

When you give yourself enough time to eat right, exercise, play a team sport, get enough rest and sleep you will find your energy levels go through the roof. You will feel better, being an energetic, positive person that will attract more positive situations into your life, just like Rocky in Rocky IV.


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