A slow metabolic rate is usually one of the reasons people give as to why they gain weight easily. If you do a search on Google or YouTube, you will find hundreds of articles and videos on how you can speed up your metabolic rate.
The question I would like to ask all those fitness professionals who promote ways to increase your metabolic rate is this; what is wrong with a slow metabolic rate, health-wise?
The answer is nothing! A slow metabolic rate is an efficient metabolic rate. What is wrong with being efficient? Other than the fact that you can’t indulge on as much food, having an efficient metabolic rate is a great thing for your health.
Speeding up your metabolic rate by eating a certain way, or excessive exercising is actually bad for your health. If you have a slow (efficient) metabolic rate, don’t try to speed it, find other ways to entertain yourself other than food.
Did you know, the only proven way to increase longevity is to decrease caloric intake? So if you have a slow (efficient) metabolic rate you can get away with eating less food than people with faster metabolic rates, so you have a much better chance of living a longer and healthier life. So basically you should consider yourself lucky.
The problem with our society is that we no longer eat food out of true hunger, which is the only reason we should be eating, at least most of the time. Food has become a way of entertaining ourselves. So, somebody with a slow metabolic rate, or the way I would like to call it, an efficient metabolic rate, can’t use food as entertainment as much as somebody with a faster metabolic rate.
If you have a slow metabolic rate and you are overweight, the answer is not to try to artificially speed up your metabolic rate, the answer is to find other ways to entertain yourself other than food. I have been helping people lose weight and keep it off for over 25 years, and I can tell you that there are plenty of ways to entertain yourself without having to overeat. You just have to look for those ways and you will find them.
Here is another fact that I think many people don’t know. The biggest difference between people who gain weight easily and people who don’t is not their metabolic rate. The biggest difference is the absorption rate. In other words, two people can eat the exact same amount of food, it does not mean their body will absorb all the calories contained in the food they ate.
Some people’s bodies are more efficient and can absorb most of the calories from the food they eat, and others, their body is not as efficient, so their body absorbs a lot fewer calories from the same meal. This is how they can get away with overeating without gaining weight. By the way, just because they don’t gain weight, it does not make them healthy.
The only way to increase your metabolic rate, without a negative effect on your health, is to increase your lean muscle mass through some form of resistance training.
In my opinion, manipulating your diet so you can increase your metabolic rate is not a very good idea when it comes to health and I would advise you against it.
Here is one thing I want you to keep in mind. When you eat less often and only when truly hungry, you get a lot more pleasure out of your meal than when you eat more often and not hungry. I am speaking from personal experience.
Sustainable Weight Loss Coach
Founder of the Live Your Way Thin System.
There are plenty of nutritionists that can tell you what you need to eat in order to lose weight, but there are very few if any that can tell you how to change the way you eat without burning yourself out and quitting. This is one of the biggest problems with the diet industry today, which is one of the main reasons why 95% of the people who lose weight, end up regaining the weight back.
Before I can explain to you how to best change your eating habits, you need to be aware that 95% of your day is run by your subconscious mind. In other words 95% of the time you run on habitual behaviors.
The reason you conscious mind only runs 5% of your day is that it has very limited processing power. Basically, your conscious mind can only do one thing at a time, and by having your subconscious mind run most of your day with its almost unlimited processing power, it frees up your conscious mind for more important tasks like enjoying life.
The reason this is very important to know is that it perfectly explains why with most diets people are unable to achieve sustainable weight loss. Let me explain.
As I just said, your conscious mind can only do one thing at a time. So, if you are following some diet, and the diet has instructed you to eat a certain number of calories per meal, or that your carbs should be under a certain number you have to consciously figure out the number of calories the meal has, or if you are counting carbs, the number of carbs your meal contains.
My question to you is this. If your conscious mind is busy with figuring out the number of calories or carbs the meal has, what is your conscious mind not doing? Is not focusing on simply enjoying the meal, which means you get less pleasure from your meals and over time this can lead to burnout.
The key to sustainable weight loss is to train your subconscious mind to make all the right choices when it comes to your diet, just like in healthy regions around the world. If you look at healthy regions around the world, people don’t have to think about their diet. Eating all the right stuff and in the right amounts, is a habitual behavior.
So, if you want to lose weight and keep it off, the question you should be asking is not just about what healthy eating behaviors I need to have in order to lose weight, but how can I make the new healthy eating behaviors habitual so I can engage in those behaviors with little on no conscious thought.
The answer is very simple. Work on developing one new healthy habit at a time. This is the best way to develop new habitual behaviors.
For example. Let say after you analyzed your diet, you came to the conclusion that the 4 things you needed to do in order to lose weight, were, the following. You needed to cut down on the amount of junk food you ate, you needed to learn to eat much slower and more mindfully, you needed to eat more fruits and vegetables and you needed to cut down on the amount of food you ate per meal. Instead of trying to change all 4 behaviors at once, as most diets do, pick just one of those behaviors and start working on it.
So, let’s say the eating habit you chose to work on first is cut down the amount of junk food that you eat. So your goal is to develop the habit of not eating any junk food Monday through Friday. Only on the weekends, you can have junk food.
I don’t expect that you can do this cold turkey. One way you can do it, is each week, Monday through Friday, try to have less junk food than the previous week. You do this and sooner or later you will have stopped having junk food during the week. I do expect that you will have to fight off some cravings but because this is the only eating habit you need to work on, it will be much easier to resist, and I am speaking from personal experience. This is how I was able to eliminate eating junk food during the week. Today you can offer me my favorite junk food and if is a weekday it does not even tempt me.
Once you become very comfortable with not eating junk food on the weekdays you can start working on the next eating habit. Again, until the new eating habit becomes habitual and very little conscious thought is required to engage in it, don’t work on anything else.
You see, by only introducing one new behavior in your life at a time, you will have a much easier time sticking with it long enough until it becomes habitual.
The more new behaviors you introduce at once, the longer it will take you to make those new behaviors habitual and the more uncomfortable you will feel as you are trying to develop them, thus the greater the chance of burning out before the new behaviors become habitual.
Yes, there is a downside to working on one new behavior at a time, which is the fact that it might take you a little longer before you start seeing weight loss. But my question to those of you who want fast results at any cost is this. What is the point of losing weight fast, if you are going to regain the weight back? Won’t you rather take a little extra time and lose weight the right way and never have to worry about your weight again? Besides, working on one habit at a time it only seems slower, but in reality is the fastest way to lose weight because you only need to do it once. I know people who have been trying to lose weight the fast way for years and they are still overweight.
Most diets have chosen to approach weight loss the fast way, by having people make all the necessary changes in their eating habits all at once and look at where that has gotten us. 95% of people who lose weight end up regaining the weight back.
I would admit that the whole process of changing one eating habit at a time does require a certain mindset, which includes having the patience to wait for the results. The good news is that everyone can develop that mindset. When people come to me for help to lose weight and get in shape, the first thing I do is teach them about the mindset they need to have in order to approach weight loss the right way.
I am currently working on an online course the would teach people how to develop the right mindset for sustainable weight loss and how to best make changes in your daily behaviors, so those changes will last. It’s a short course that I think everyone should take before they start their next weight loss or diet program. It will make a huge difference in their ability to keep the weight off after they lose it.
If you would like to be notified when the online course is available, send me an email to email@example.com and put “Mindset program” in the subject line.
For years I have been watching fitness professionals trying to figure out what is the best way to eat and what is the best way to exercise for healthy weight loss. The fact is, even if you figure out what is the best way to eat and the best way to exercise for healthy weight loss, it will not necessarily help achieve sustainable weight loss.
The reason is very simple. The solution to sustainable weight loss has two parts. Part one is having the right know-how as far as what foods we need to be eating, what foods we need to be avoiding, how we should be eating those foods and what exercises we should be doing in order to lose weight and get in shape.
The second part of the solution is knowing how to apply all that know-how into your life, without burning yourself out.
This is the part that most diets and weight loss programs are missing. They assume that once people see results they would be motivated to keep going. The fact is, the best results in the world would not keep anyone motivated if the results were achieved through a method that is overwhelming. The way most weight loss and diet programs approach weight loss is overwhelming for the vast majority of people, this is why 95% of people who do lose weight, end up regaining the weight back
The key to sustainable weight loss is knowing how to apply all the things you need to do, into your life, without burning yourself out.
In my next blog, I would talk more about how to best apply new changes in your life with the lowest chance of burning out.
In this blog, I would love to hear about what are some of the things people struggle with when they start a new weight loss or diet program. Please leave your answers in the comments section.
Another Thanksgiving is upon us with all the food temptations. It seems to me that Thanksgiving has become a holiday about food
and not about giving thanks. Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with enjoying the food; what is wrong is that the food has become the main focus. So, enjoy the food, but don’t forget to also enjoy the people you share the food with!
Here are few tips to help you get through Thanksgiving meal:
- Keep in mind, the more food you eat, does not mean the more fun you have.
- If at the Thanksgiving meal you are serving yourself, (buffet or family style) put on your plate half of the food that you think you can eat. You can always get more.
- Remember to eat slowly and mindfully. Always put your fork down between bites and chew your food well. By eating slowly and mindfully you will get more satisfaction from eating and you will end up eating less.
- Go to the Thanksgiving meal hungry, but make sure you eat slowly when the meal comes.
- If you are serving yourself, the first time you go up to get food, get salad only, and then after you eat the salad go back for the main course.
- Don’t forget to leave room for dessert.
- Keep in mind the consequences of overeating and how uncomfortable you will feel after. Why do that to yourself? You can have a great time at Thanksgiving without having to stuff yourself.
- Whatever you do, DON’T GO LOW FAT. If you go low fat you will simply just eat more. So just enjoy your food and try to stop eating when you have satisfied your hunger.
The only thing that was meant to be stuffed on Thanksgiving is the turkey!
Have a great Thanksgiving
Stavros Mastrogiannis is a 25 year veteran of the weight loss field and specializes in permanent weight loss. He is the founder of Live Your Way Thin LLC in Danbury and the creator of The Live Your Way Thin System.
Here is a fact that might shock you. Losing weight and getting in shape is actually a much easier process than most fitness professionals make it. Their hard-core workouts and crazy diets that nobody can stick with for more than a few weeks have discouraged many people from even trying to lose weight and get in shape.
It does not have to be this way. The way most weight loss and diet programs approach weight loss, goes completely again human nature. This is one of the reasons why most people find diets and weight loss program so hard to stick with.
In my 25 years in the weight loss field I have found that when you try to lose weight and get in shape by going with human nature instead of again it, the process becomes much more tolerable and much easier to stick with.
Here is the process you should follow if you want sustainable weight loss and great health. I consider these 5 steps, absolutely essential for sustainable weight loss
STEP 1: You must identify the unhealthy habitual behaviors, that are responsible for your current shape.
STEP 2: You must identify, which of the 8 essential healthy behaviors, are NOT part of your life. (There are literally hundreds of healthy habits that could have a positive impact on your weight and health, some more than others. In my 25 years in the weight loss field, I have identified 8 healthy habits that would have the biggest impact on your health and weight and I consider them essential for best health and maximum weight loss. Those habits include, some form of resistance training to strengthen your muscles (you don’t need to kill your muscles only challenge them a little more than they are used to), some form of aerobics (you don’t need to run, walking does the trick), eating only when truly hungry, eating slowly and mindfully, learning to stop eating when you have satisfied your hunger, making junk food special, eating more fruits and vegetables.)
STEP 3: You must identify any negative beliefs that you have that could prevent you from eliminating any of your unhealthy habits or developing any of the healthy ones. (When it comes to sustainable weight loss, eliminating your negative beliefs is essential. Most weight loss programs don’t do this, and that is one of the main reasons why 95% of people who lose weight end up regaining the weight back)
STEP 4: You must have a clear plan of action that takes into consideration your current lifestyle, likes and dislikes, and of course your motivational level.
You plan must include:
- How you will eliminate any negative beliefs you have.
- How you will eliminate your unhealthy habitual behaviors while still living your life.
- How you will develop and make habitual the healthy behaviors you are missing and make them part of your life.
STEP 5: Take action. Nothing happens without action. However, you should never work on changing more than one habit at a time. Most weight loss and diet programs on the market today, try to help people change all their bad habits at once and we all know the end result, BURNOUT! Just keep in mind that you must stay flexible because things change, so your action plan must have some flexibility. This is where a good coach or personal trainer can be a big help.
These are the 5 steps we follow at Live Your Way Thin, and our clients, don’t just lose the weight they want with less effort but have a much easier time keeping it off, than with any other weight loss program.
So, if you are looking to lose weight and get in shape, and more importantly be able to easily maintain those results, I would strongly advise you to follow the above 5 steps.
If you need help, I would like to invite you to come in for a Free Habit Evaluation Consultation.
Through this Habit Evaluation Consultation, I will help you take the first 4 Fundamental Steps to sustainable weight loss, with absolutely no obligation to join! No Catch!
At the consultation, we will accomplish 4 things:
- We will Identify all your unhealthy habitual behaviors responsible for your current shape
- We will Identify, which of the 8 essential healthy behaviors are NOT part of your life
- We will identify any negative beliefs you have that could sabotage your weight loss efforts
- Based on your current situation and motivational level, I will make my suggestions of how you can make all the necessary changes in your life, and more importantly how to make those changes part of your life.
I truly believe, if people knew how simple the process of losing weight and getting in shape really is, and how easy, keeping the weight off can be when you go with human nature, a lot more people would try to lose weight and get in shape and as people start seeing real, sustainable results, more people would follow their example and this is how we can start reversing the weight gain trend that is plaguing our nation.
I know if you follow these 5 Steps, they will help you get on the right track, and if you need any help, I hope you take advantage of my Free Habit Evaluation Consultation.
Just so you know, our services don’t come with contracts, so you can use our help for as long or as short time as you need it!
How to Schedule Your Free Habit Evaluation Consultation
Here’s what you do next. If you want to schedule a Habit Evaluation Consultation with me, simply click on the link below. When you click, you’ll see a form with questions about your current habitual behaviors, beliefs and possible days and times you can come in for the consultation.