Before you deal
with a weight reduction diet, you have to have the right attitude
towards the whole thing. Firstly there is no short cut. There is
no magic machine, powder or pill, which will make you thin over
night. Neither does crash diets, fasting, skipping meals or starvation
at health farms work. People believe that the more they pay towards
a weight loss package, the faster and better will be the results.
There is only
one way to weight reduction or fat removal from your body. Eat normal
healthy balanced food and cut out all fatty foods. Please remember
this weight reduction is a severe treatment for a short term, three
months to lose 10kg. During those three months, you cannot eat fatty
foods at all. Tell yourself, I have eaten it for 32 years, now I
don't eat it for three months nothing will happen to me. It's similar
to breaking your leg. There is only one treatment for a fractured
leg. You have to immobilize it. You have to put it in a plaster
cast and you cannot dance at all for six to eight weeks. You
have a party at home, every body is having a ball dancing the night
away. You love to dance but this time you have to sit out and watch
them, You feel terrible but know that in a few months time you will
be fine and back on the floor - provided you make sure you don't
try any dancing at all till your leg has completely healed.
The next problem is the common
cry, " I don't have will power." I believe that intelligence
may vary from person to person but all of us have been blessed with
will power, determination and achiever instinct, only it must be
applied now in this area of diet control. Ninety five percent of
those who come to me for diet control saying they have no will power
are champion athletes, brilliant in studies and at work, excellent
house keepers or perfect wives and mothers. What you have to do
is take that will power that enabled you to rise to those heights
and use it to follow a strict balanced diet.
Actually I believe that it's
not so much of a will power battle but a right and regular eating
battle. If you were driving your car to my house, you would check
your petrol gauge to see if you have enough fuel to reach my home.
If you saw the needle dipping towards empty you would say, "
look for petrol pump." At that point you will not say let me
go back towards my house where I get good reliable fuel but you
would fill up petrol from any pump, anywhere. This same thing happens
with our food. There is a chemical in the brain called seretonin,
which checks whether there is enough fuel or energy in your blood.
When the energy level drops, seretonin sends a message to the body
to look for food. Then you wont say let me look for fruit or salad
but you will eat anything and everything available whether it is
fatty or not. The big secret is to eat your meals right and make
sure you have a regular snack of fruit or a glass of milk between
meals to keep you from getting low energy and reaching for the wrong