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Cheating On Your Diet? Let’s Look At Ways To Stop!
By: Elizda Hanekom 
Date: October 2016

The human mind is the strongest “muscle,” a strong mind can help you overcome any obstacle (1)
Research has shown that weight-loss and weight gain can be socially contagious (2)
To lose 0.5 to 1 kg per week you need to cut 500-1000 calories per day (3)

I once heard the saying “Willpower is like a muscle, it needs to be challenged to build itself,” this shows that things worth having do not come easy and staying focused is really important in achieving ones goals. When it comes to weight-loss, having the self-determination and drive can be the most challenging of it all, making great choices day in and day out is what counts. Difficulties to stay on track and delicious temptations will always be around, here are a few tips and tricks to help you from “craving” in. 


1) Track your success
Keeping a food journal and doing daily weights have both proven to help people stay invested in their weight-loss journey. A study in the Annals of Behaviour Medicine (4)  has showed that people who did daily weights and wrote this down, lost more weight. This helps one place focus on what has been achieved and how far you have come instead of dwelling on what’s been done wrong. Doing the following will help boost ones motivation in the long run.

2) Get enough sleep
Aim to sleep 8 hours a night, too little as well as too much sleep has shown to influence hunger related-hormones that control appetite. Sleep deprivation leads to a:
increase in Ghrelin levels (this hormone says yes, eat more)
decrease in Leptin levels (this hormone says no, you are full)
increase in Cortisol (this hormone increases your appetite) (5)
An altered appetite will lead to significant weight gain, therefore tuck in and stay well-rested.

3) Keep healthy snacks 
It’s easier to stay in control of one’s diet when you have readily available healthy snacks at hand. (6) Keep your handbag and desk stocked with healthy options such as fruits, nuts and bars (FUTURELIFE® High Protein LITE Smart bar). Plan your meals and snacks ahead of time, if you know it is going to be a busy day at work filled with meetings, have on-the-go options on hand

4) Brush your teeth
Have you ever tried orange juice after brushing your teeth, not very pleasant at all, this is the case for many foods. Brushing your teeth often will help control your cravings. Most people can stick to their diets well until late afternoon, at this time when you feel like you’re on the verge of going out of control have a healthy snack and then brush your teeth, after dinner is also a time to watch out for those sugar cravings, having sugar-free chewing gum, a cup of green tea or brushing your teeth may help keep your diet intact.

5) Face your reflection
“Mirror, mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?” When having a so-called “fat” day we would surely want to avoid mirrors. Turns out we should actually be doing the complete opposite. Research posted in the International Journal of Eating Disorders (7)  found that mirror-exposure therapy (checking one’s body out) can help improve the way we feel about our bodies and in turn help keep us committed to eating healthy. Positive self-talk can also help keep you motivated.

6) Group-focused exercise
Join a group class, many classes are offered at gyms; alternatively find something outside of gym. Many people are enjoying pilates, hot-pod yoga or running groups, these classes help keep you in shape but also have a fun-factor to exercise. Making friends and becoming a regular will help inspire you to attend classes. The guilt factor has always proved to help, in a place where people call you by name they will know when you have missed a workout.

7) Get pumped up with rocking tunes
Research has shown that women who listened to music whilst exercising were more likely to stick to their exercise programme than those without music. Get beats that make you excited about exercising. Don’t know where to start looking, thankfully Google has many sites where people post playlists that they enjoy using when exercising.

8) Get a network of support
Dieting is not as easy as 1, 2, 3. Having support is one of the most important factors. Knowing you have people backing you can really help keep you motivated to keep going, you also feel more accountable for your actions. Inform family and friends about your diet and goals, ask them to help you. Having someone do the diet with you or join in on exercise will also help greatly.  Remember people can help be the key to success BUT may also create your biggest obstacles, there will always be someone trying to tempt you by bringing delicious treats to work or mocking you about your diet, don’t let this get into your head. You are able to do whatever you set your mind to. Prove these people wrong.

Following the tips above should help keep you on the right track. Always remember that with weight loss and healthy living there is no quick fix, it takes hard work, determination and dedication to lose weight, don’t give up too quickly, great results take time. A healthy lifestyle is about making great choices for yourself every day and when slipping up, rather focus on what’s been achieved instead of what hasn’t. It’s less about now and more about then, healthy living is all about lifestyle changes.

1. Santel R. Food Challenge. [Online].; 2015 [cited 2016 July 26. Available from: http://www.foodchallenges.com/before-the-challenge/your-mind-is-bodys-strongest-muscle/.

2. Christakis , Fowler J. Is obesity socially contagious? New England Journal of Medicine. 2008 July; 1(1).
3. Cespedes. Livestrong. [Online].; 2016 [cited 2016 July 26. Available from: http://www.livestrong.com/article/285917-how-many-calories-should-i-burn-a-week-to-lose-weight/.

4. Linde J, Jeffery R, Pronk N, Boyle S. Self-weighing in weight gain prevention and weight loss trials. Annals of Behaviour Medicine. 2014 2016; 3(30).
5. Breus MJ. Psychology Today. [Online].; 2011 [cited 2016 July 26. Available from: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/sleep-newzzz/201105/the-sleepweight-loss-connection.

6. Ratledge. Health. [Online].; 2015 [cited 2016 July 26. Available from: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,20448017,00.html#don-t-dump-snacks-0.

7. Delinsky SS, Terence G. Mirror exposure for the treatment of body image disturbance. International Journal on Eating Disorders. 2011 2016; 39(2).
1. Ratledge. Health. [Online].; 2015 [cited 2016 July 26. Available from: http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,20448017,00.html#don-t-dump-snacks-0.
The Truth about Dieting

The diet industry is saturated with unhealthy weight-loss lies that fill us with misconceptions when it comes to proper nutrition. This has helped lead to an explosion of unhealthy weight-loss behaviours. Read more...

30 Kgs DOWN and counting!
I went to the Doctor in May 2014 and I got a fright when he told me I have high blood pressure, cholesterol and type 2 Diabetes and I better do something about my weight.  At that time I weighed a heavy 161.8kg.  I also suffered from heart burn, tiredness and total discomfort.  I knew I had to listen to him and take responsibility of my health.  He referred me to a dietician who did a diet history and explained to me all the guidelines to follow for controlling my cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure.  As I needed support, she suggested that I join eatForLife. 

It was amazing – I learned so much about healthy eating – from label reading, to mindless eating and how I can still enjoy food, without indulging totally and gaining weight again.  I enjoyed the companionship of the other members and their support – everyone is really happy for each other when they lose weight and this motivated me. 

The weekly weigh-ins also helped me to stay focussed.  Both of my sisters-in-law joined later on and it was a motivation for me as well to see people noticing my weight loss and wanting to join in the weight loss journey.  I think in all honesty that my losing weight helps others to see that the impossible is possible.  I am very proud to say that I have lost 30 kilograms by only eating healthy and not by using diet pills or shakes.

I started exercising recently as I am now so much more comfortable.  The heart burn disappeared, my blood pressure and cholesterol and blood glucose is under control and I am feeling so much better.  I can’t wait to join the others this holiday on our sea trip to walk on the beach as I was just too big to get out of the car and walk the previous holiday.  I still have a long way to go, but I am ready for it!  Thank you so much to my dietician, eatForLife, and all the other members in my group, people on facebook that gave me such positive feedback and eatForLife Head office and Edgars for my enormous prize!  I greatly appreciate it!
Meisie van Aardt

Reading Labels 101
Reading Labels 101
By: Ashleigh Smith
Date: April 2016
I don’t know about you but before I learnt how to read labels I would stand in the shop with one product in each hand trying to decipher the tiny letters and numbers written on the back or side. Food labels can sometimes be misleading with health claims, flashy packaging or confusing messages leaving you very confused as to if it’s classified as a healthy option. On the other hand, food labels can provide you with a great deal of information about that product and once you know how to read them you will feel so empowered.

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