Defeating Diet Discomfort
Help! My Diet is Making Me Miserable!
Dieting and increased exercise for weight loss is tough. There’s no way around it. But it is possible minimize the misery. Here are some common complaints and ways to ease the discomfort.
I’m so hungry I could eat the world!
If you are super hungry, then you should first talk with a nutritionist, doctor, or other weight loss professional about the number of calories you are eating. If you are eating too few, then you are miserable and your metabolism will skid to a halt. So, first, make sure you are eating enough. Then, optimize the foods you are eating to make sure you are getting the most nutritional value for your food, and the most volume for fullness. A nutritionist or weight loss professional can help with this as well. Your ideal diet is likely something with six meals a day (yes, SIX!) spaced two or three hours apart, with lots of lean protein and green vegetables. For much of my dieting life my carbs are limited to between one and three half-cup servings, and I eat one piece of fruit each day. Spreading out your meals will help you to feel satisfied with less food. Eating the right foods will give you the fuel you need to get through the day without feeling sluggish and miserable. In fact, eating smaller quantities of foods with high nutritional values will give you much more energy than eating a truckload of low nutritional value food.
Imagine that Dana the Dieter has spent her last few years eating a lot of crap food. She has eaten a large volume of food daily, and made poor choices consisting mainly of overly processed foods high in carbohydrates, fats, and sugars. She surfed her sugar highs and lows all day, munching crap along the way to maintain the energy to proceed.
Now imagine that Dana the Dieter got a nutritionist who suggested that Dana cut her volume of food in half, but make healthier choices like baked chicken breasts, salmon, or cod, with brown rice or black beans, and lots of vegetables like spinach, broccoli, zucchini and red peppers. While Dana is eating a much smaller volume of food, the food she consumes are all powerhouse foods that will give her energy. These powerhouse foods are devoid of the fillers and preservatives Dana had been eating that were weighing her down and making her feel sluggish as her digestive system struggled to process them.
The lesson here is that eating a smaller volume of food, if done correctly, will make you feel better and have more energy. It is possible to eat less, lose weight, and not be hungry as a bear fresh out of hibernation. The trick is getting it just right for you, and sometimes that requires professional guidance.
I get headaches when I diet.
Check with your nutritionist about increasing your intake of healthy carbohydrates like brown rice, black beans, or yams. Maybe eat one more fruit each day. Be sure to drink at least one gallon of water a day if you are exercising a lot. When you are literally transforming your body, decreasing fat and increasing muscle, your body requires a flood of water. You should not be surprised if you go to the bathroom about once an hour. Another cause of headaches could be an iron deficiency. Get your iron by eating more lean proteins. Spinach is also a good source of iron. Spinach salads are delicious and filling.
I have low energy when I diet.
Eating much less than you are used to and exercising a lot can make you feel weary to the bone. Take care of yourself by getting enough rest. During the day you should try to squeeze in a nap or at last some quiet, downtime where you can work on a low-intensity project. Make sure you get enough sleep at night. How much is enough? Whatever it takes for you to feel okay. I need about eight hours of sleep a night usually, but more like nine or ten hours a night when I’m actively training and working to lose weight. At the heights of my weight-loss efforts, I do one or two hours of cardio a day plus about 1 hour of weightlifting. When I’m exercising at that level, I need a nap in the afternoon in order to get through the day.
You may also want to try a product like AdvoCare’s Spark or Slam. These all-natural nutritional supplements provide your body with vitamins, minerals, and caffeine in a low-calorie drink to give you that boost of energy when you need it. I typically have one Spark in the morning to help me get going, one in the afternoon, and then a Slam right before my kids get home and the hectic dinner-bath-bedtime triathlon begins. If you’re accustomed to drinking a lot of caffeinated soda pop or coffees to get through the day, then it is worth your while to find natural, healthier substitutes to provide the energy bursts you need without derailing your weight loss efforts.
I Believe In You!
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – I’m not a doctor. I’m not a nutritionist or weight-loss expert. I’m just a girl who has been there. If this article provides you one ounce of help, then it was worth it for me. You are worth it. You can do it. I believe in you!