Three Things I Don’t Believe In

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This is not a diet.

Let’s start with three things I don’t believe in:

  1. Willpower
  2. Detoxes or cleanses
  3. Weight loss Diets of any kind (unless medically required)

 

Willpower

It’s just not a helpful concept. If we think of willpower as something we have or have not, it seems hopeless but it isn’t.

Here’s what ‘willpower’ really is:

People who we think have ‘willpower’ can focus on long term goals and resist short term temptation.

People who we think have no ‘willpower’ find it hard to resist short term temptation and find long term goals hard to focus on.

What that actually means:

If you want to run a marathon you focus on that as a long term goal and resist the idea of lying in bed, using the marathon goal to encourage you out from under the duvet. This looks like our idea of someone who has willpower.

If you find snuggling in bed too hard to resist and postpone the early morning run until the next day? This is our image of someone who lacks willpower. It’s relatively easy to change. Make the long term goal really clear. Remind yourself of it. Over and over again. Photo on the fridge stuff.                                                                            

Set yourself short term goals… if you can get up for three mornings in a row – have a lie in on the fourth and really enjoy it.

Enjoy your treats, reward yourself. Keep motivated and keep focused and the changes you want to happen will take shape.

 

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Ohh and, no need to look glamorous when you’re exercising, just do it!!


Detoxes

Sure we might feel better for cutting out some toxins, such as caffeine or alcohol for a while. Drinking lots of water and eating nice fruit and veg is great, let’s do it but buying a cleanse plan? Spending £££ on something which your liver and kidneys do every day for free? Let’s not do that. It’s a con.

Companies show us aspirational pictures, make us lust after flatter tummies and then sell us a ‘solution’ – only it isn’t. In the short term you may lose some inches but it’s just not sustainable, and there is almost no science to support the idea of detox. In short, it’s a marketing plan.

Here’s a suggestion for you to start you off: just drink lots of fresh water.

Here are some ideas to make it more fun and add flavour more naturally. Add a herbal tea bag to freshly boiled water, allow to cool and then add flavours.

  1. To a green tea bag, add sliced lime and lemon.
  2. To peppermint tea, add fresh mint leaves.
  3. Chop up strawberries and kiwi fruit and use with a berry fruit tea bag if you like.
  4. Sliced cucumber, lemon and lime.
  5. Add strawberries and mint for that Pimms kick without the alcohol.
  6. Citrus fruits (this one can become a little cloudier but tastes delicious).

Use filtered water if you like, add ice if you wish or keep at room temperature. Use as much or as little fruit as you like and make sure it cools or leave for at least 30 minutes before drinking to allow flavours to infuse.

Don’t believe anything which tells you this will melt fat. It won’t. Body fat doesn’t melt. This will refresh, invigorate and hydrate – isn’t that enough?

Diets

I never met anyone yet who went on a diet, achieved their target weight and stayed at that weight five years later. I’m not saying they don’t exist – just that I haven’t met any…yet.

Don’t diet. Make changes that suit your lifestyle to maintain indefinitely. Adapt your attitude to food and wellbeing and keep adapting it as your life changes and you learn what suits you best.

And, as Forrest Gump explained “that’s all I have to say about that.”

 

 

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8 thoughts on “Three Things I Don’t Believe In

  • 28th August 2015 at 11:44 am
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    My sentiments exactly. What about skin products with amazing claims that can ‘melt’ top layers of skin, ‘melt cellulite’ by absorption. All without a prescription!

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  • 28th August 2015 at 11:54 am
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    I think we need to approach anything which ‘sells’ miracles as suspicious Lynda!

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  • 28th August 2015 at 12:04 pm
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    This also includes diets and any miracle cure – “if it seems to good to be true it usually is.
    I have poor health and Carol has helped me with lifestyle choices which are not always easy to follow but she has the right approach. Even if you cant do a marathon – you can walk round the block.
    Go Carol.

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    • 28th August 2015 at 12:06 pm
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      Thank you!! Bang on too – no matter how slow you go, you’re faster than anyone still on the sofa 🙂

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  • 28th August 2015 at 2:19 pm
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    Sound advice. I’m currently following weight watchers but a lot of what you say is reflected in that. They never mention the word diet. It’s about changing the way you eat to become a healthier version of you! Something manageable and sustainable that still leaves you enjoying life. It’s a change to my lifestyle. Look forward to reading more from Carol.

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    • 28th August 2015 at 4:07 pm
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      Thanks Lindsey – detox blog to follow eeek!!

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  • 5th January 2017 at 1:05 pm
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    I still get dismayed about detox diets. What toxins are being removed and how? My son is type 1 diabetic and finds it vaguely amusing that a detox diet should eliminate daily insulin injections. What if somebody actually believed this hype?

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    • 16th January 2017 at 10:35 am
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      unfortunately people do! It’s a multi million pound industry which preys on insecurity. I detest when science is misused and misquoted!

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