Nobody wants to waste their time and money. And no one wants to put their faith in another diet program that will disappoint them and leave them more frustrated and skeptical than when they started. And yet, this is what many of us secretly suspect is going to happen every time we prepare to start a new diet program. I know that, at least in the end, I finally failed on many diets before I finally turned things around with medifast. Some were better and lasted longer than others, but in the end my body seemed to always return to where it seemed comfortable. (This weight was where my body seemed comfortable but not where I personally felt comfortable).

Honestly, when I came to Medifast, I had no illusions that it was going to be the solution. I was just looking to meet a short-term goal: lose weight for a wedding. And maybe that’s why he stayed much better than the others. In a way, it crossed my mind because I wasn’t resisting, questioning, or analyzing too much. My goal was to just take it one day at a time, do it well enough to reach my weekly goals, and move on if I wanted to. This “one day at a time” approach took the pressure off and made the whole process that much more desirable. And, once the results kept coming, that was the motivation I needed to keep going.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that dieting is really overcoming short-term hurdles and then just moving on. You should continue to lose weight gradually as long as you can continue. When it stops, the weight goes back up or progress stops. This is why choosing a diet that you can actually live with is so vital. In the next article, I will offer more tips that I have learned along the way and that I believe have contributed to the success I have had with this diet.

Tip # 1: Define short-term success: Don’t allow yourself to feel pressured or stressed: Here’s a basic truth of all human nature. People will generally avoid things that feel undesirable. If you are not getting a positive reward, then you will start making excuses, not giving it your all, and eventually you may give up.

Look at it this way. Let’s say you want to lose 100 or even 50 pounds. Both seem like life-changing goals but are daunting. But, if you lost just 2½ pounds a week (which really isn’t that difficult), you’d lose 50 pounds in about five months and 100 pounds in less than a year. And along the way, because you didn’t stress about it and took a somewhat sensitive approach, you probably would have enjoyed the process more and maybe chose a new lifestyle that has everything to do with whether or not the weight will stick.

Tip # 2: Understand Ketosis and Glycemic Load: (and how Medifast helps you achieve it 🙂 There are probably not many people who equate medifast with high-protein, carbohydrate-controlled diets like Atkins or the Belly Cure. But, in a sense, it works on the same principle. Medifast foods are low in sugar and carbohydrates and high in protein. Before you sigh or groan (like I do), understand that the food has been altered for this to happen. You’re not going to eat bacon and eggs. You’re eating pudding, oatmeal, smoothies, chili, chocolate bars, and potato chips, and not always foods that you would associate with being “low carb.”

By combining a low amount of calories and a low amount of carbohydrates, your body slowly moves into ketosis, which is where your body finally gives in and begins to burn fat stores instead of the carbohydrates it has been feeding on. This is truly your promised land and where you want to stay as often as you can manage it. And this is why you want to reasonably follow the directions for your “lean green food” each day. If all goes well with your five medifast meals, but then you eat carbs for dinner (if that’s when you’re lean and green), then you risk breaking out of your hard-earned ketosis. And then your progress could slow down.

Of course, it is completely unrealistic to expect him to never cheat or come up short and this is perfectly fine. It really is a marathon more than a sprint. It is the cumulative effect of all your efforts. Don’t beat yourself up or stress. Just get up and move on.

Tip No. # 3 Find Your Unique Step Where Things Click And Go: After a few weeks, many people find the combination of foods and preparation methods that will make this process more comfortable and desirable. For me, it was making the shakes really cold and adding a little more liquid. It also took me a while to find a good rotation of lean and green meals. I also learned that I was not adversely affected by adding fat-free cheese to chili and fries or sugar-free syrup to oatmeal, pudding, and smoothies. These things made me like food more and I was still losing weight. Don’t feel guilty or bad for making things work for you. As long as you get results, everything will be fine.

Some people will create charts and rewards for themselves, and others don’t like the pressure that comes with it. Anything that works for you as an individual is absolutely fine. I think there are really only a few clues to this. Make it as pleasant and stress-free as possible. Find what works. And then repeat the process so that you get the results you want and make these things regular.

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