Weight loss tip: Focus on foods you can eat.

Weight loss tip 147 - Focus on foods you can eatWeight loss tip 147 - Focus on foods you can eat

Ending overeating: Try to avoid obsessing on the foods you should avoid.  

Weight loss tip 147 - Focus on foods you can eat

Weight loss tip 147 – Focus on foods you can eat

Fruits and vegetables at market

Fruits and vegetables at a farmers market

Are you obsessed with certain foods?  I can remember several years ago that I would focus and obsess on my next meal.  I could almost taste each ingredient.  I would focus on the textures and I just could not get my mind off that next meal or treat.  The unfortunate thing about these little obsessions is that they often lead me to crave foods that I should not have.  This article will hopefully help you fond a means to regain control of diet by using your mind.  

About one-third of the world population or about 1 to 2 billion people will try to lose weight this year to lose weight. Most will fail at this attempt and in fact, most will end up gaining weight in the long run.  The normal course for weight loss is a short attempt followed by regret when you fail.  A small failure will result in many of us considering that we have blown it.  Thus, a small failure results in us finish the whole container of whatever food we slipped up with.  It is very unfortunate because the weight loss cycle is a vicious one that often in a bench and a worsening waistline.  Actually,  the good news is that it does not have to be this way.

You need to focus on the foods you need.  Focus on the 5 food groups with good portion sizes.  Building a healthier meal on each plate you serve will help you meet your daily nutrient needs and maintain a healthy weight.  The keys is focusing on foods you can eat that are not only nutritious but filling.  Foods like dairy products, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meats and proteins contain the nutrients you need to operate efficiently without adding too many calories.  Most of what we eat and drink each day should focus on nutrition while avoiding empty calories.  Because weight loss requires a reduction in the amount of food we eat, there is a smaller window for success and smart choices are even more important.    Food choices that are high in sugar or processed flour can have a devastating effect on your health and your waistline.   Then again, you should not select a diet that avoids or severely limits carbohydrates, protein, or fat.  A well-balanced meal that moderates consumption of the foods you love will be easier to follow and less likely to end un binges.  

If you’ve been dieting and failing, you probably have experienced food cravings.  You probably have experienced over and over again as you yo-yo your weight up and down.  Now, if you are like me, food cravings have become a near constant feeling.  Why do you feel these feelings?   Our bodies are trying to avoid becoming deprived of food and if now, it will literally start crying for food.  These food cravings can become so intense that you eat just about anything that comes along.  Unfortunately, sweet and processed foods are plentiful that we cannot avoid them.  They are easily digested and quickly pad our midsections.  

The bottom line: Instead of focusing on food that you can’t eat, focus on foods that you can eat and this focus can help you avoid binging.  Eat whole foods including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while avoiding processed foods.  Keeping your stomach full and moderate consumption to controlled portion sizes.  You can avoid binging on most foods and for those foods that cause trouble should be removed from your home and workplace.  

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About the Author

I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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