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Hey Gorgeous,

I’ve been saying this about diets for years, and now the NY Times is saying it too!

How cool is that?

This trending article shares the results of several recent studies on dieting. To sum things up, it doesn’t work. In the long run, restrictive diets are hardly ever effective, don’t improve health, and may even cause harm.

Why?

Science can tell us! We have a certain weight range, called the “set point,” where our bodies want to be. The actual range varies from person to person, but whatever it is, our brains are hardwired to keep us there. In theory, this is the weight at which we thrive with sexy, slim bodies and glowing good health. However, when our weight drops too low—through excessive calorie counting and other restrictive dieting, for example—our brains go into “starvation mode” and suppress metabolic function.

As a result, we burn less calories and feel hungrier. Yikes, hey? That’s the opposite effect from what we want out of our bodies.

According to the NY Times,

“Men with severe obesity have only one chance in 1,290 of reaching the normal weight range within a year; severely obese women have one chance in 677. A vast majority of those who beat the odds are likely to end up gaining the weight back over the next five years.”

This is why cutting calories simply does not work. Our brains (thinking we’re starving!) will declare a state of emergency, and they will ultimately win out over our attempts at restrictive dieting. In addition, these kinds of diets are stressful and anxiety-inducing. Extra stress hormones cause our abdominal fat to increase, while anxiety frequently induces binge eating.

All that could explain why all my dieting attempts as a teenager failed.

At age 17, just weeks from finishing 15 years of dance training, I gave up trying to get slim by cutting calories. Dieting just wasn’t my thing! I got fat, sick, and miserable, because no one had ever told me the secret to healthy, sustainable weight loss.

It took me over a decade to figure it out, but you don’t have to suffer like I did. I’ve been living in the slim, thriving body of my dreams for nearly ten years, and I’m here to share everything I learned about how to eat for the sexy body you deserve.

Here are my top six tips to never need dieting again:

Eat What you Love

My daughter and I enjoy every meal that passes our lips. That doesn’t mean I spend tireless hours cooking while my daughter has to entertain herself; rather, it means we love simple, nourishing foods. Eating fresh, ripe fruit sprinkled with dried coconut flakes  as a whole meal, for example, or a mango and red capsicum smoothie with greens from the garden (try it!). Simple. Delicious. That’s the key. This way, you’ll love eating, look forward to mealtime, and build a healthy bond with food.

Address the Actual Issue

Diet programs tell us exactly what to eat, yet we still fail. When I’m hungry at an airport and buy a packet of potato chips, it’s not part of a plan; it’s a response to not having planned anything. You may turn to chocolate when you haven’t eaten enough sweet fruit in a day. You may turn to high-fat foods when you actually need more healthy calories. Find the issue and meet that need instead. If you can predict the issue, then plan ahead and address it instead of turning to junk food.

Eat Before you Leave the House

We know that healthy nutritional options are only part of our choice. It’s helpful to bring awareness to some other factors, such as our environment. If your home is filled with a certain food, it is likely you will eat that food. If the shops near your work sell junk, you’ll need to be prepared with better options. And your environment is social too—what are your friends, family and partner eating? Which situations will make wise nutritional choices challenging? Eating a nourishing, fulfilling meal before you head out changes the game. If you’re satiated nutritionally, then cravings won’t win. Try it.

Make Conscious Choices

Our food choices stem from our history, our stories, the advertisements we see, and ingrained habits. Stay away from advertising in all its forms, and keep awareness on yourself. We may not always be conscious of the stories driving our behaviour, but we can play with our patterns. If you’re craving junk foods, it’s more than likely you’ve not had enough nutrients or calories. Enjoy healthy foods that you love in abundance—unrestricted—and reap the benefits of a craving-free life.

Self-Talk

I used to have a salad and a Magnum and think that one balanced out the other. It doesn’t. A standard salad is usually a piece of lettuce with a couple slices of a chosen vegetable and some fat drizzled on top. That does not suffice! That’s why I wanted the Magnum (honestly, I actually wanted three Magnums and allowed myself one or two). Once I began eating more fruit and bigger meals in general, I completely stopped the insane self-talk and began reaping the benefits of a nutrient-rich body, and a calm, nourished mind.

All you Need is Love—and a Heap of Fruit

In the past, all my attempts at diets came from a place of dieting to be good enough. Talk about setting myself up to fail. Here’s a better way: decide now that you love to eat foods that nourish your every cell and desire.

So, what are you waiting for? The sexy body of your dreams is waiting for you—it’s time to claim your birthright!

Want to know more? With my specially designed program, Food Dynamics for Weight Loss: The Taste and Flavour Solution, you’ll find all the facts, all the resources and all the delicious recipes you need to explore the incredible benefits of this body-shaping lifestyle. Come learn and thrive with me today!

I’d love to hear from you, too. What has your experience been with restrictive dieting? How has shifting to a perspective of abundance helped you reach and maintain your weight loss goals?

xx,

Donna