The list below will help you to identify your own personal weight loss saboteurs.
If there are some that you really hate to give up, start with those that
are easier for you. If this takes care of the problem then you're home free.
If not, then begin eliminating others one by one. When you're satisfied with
your progress you can stop eliminating things or keep going to speed up your
weight loss and facilitate a healthier lifestyle. The bold items are those
that are most likely to be sabotaging you.
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Check your diet for hidden refined sugars and ruthlessly eliminate them!
Check labels for corn syrup products and high fructose corn syrup and
Caffeinated drinks kick up your blood sugar, switch to decaf.
If you're not exercising at all, or exercising very little, you may need
to add some physical activity to your routine to continue losing weight.
To raise your metabolism so that you're burning calories all day long you
need to exercise 20-30 minutes at an intensity that has you sweating within
7-12 minutes into your workout.
you reach your goal weight you shouldn't be consuming more than one 12 ounce
beer and one to two 4 ounce glasses of dry wine a day. During weight
loss, consuming alcohol on a daily basis can be a huge saboteur. It depresses
your metabolism, stimulates your appetite and it's loaded with high glycemic
Cut back on carrots, potatoes and corn (including popcorn) until you begin
to lose again or until you reach your goal weight.
Switch UnDiet plans: try switching to Produce
Power for one to two weeks or make it a regular part of your lifestyle
by eating Produce Power one or two days a week.However if you're already
doing Produce Power you may be consuming too few calories, so try switching
to Protein Blast . If you're on the
Protein Blast and have hit a plateau it often helps to switch to eating
Fruit in the morning and Veggies and Starches the rest of the day, eliminating
Proteins for 3-5 days. When you start losing again go back to your plan of
Most chewing gum contains either sugar or aspartame. Eliminate it during
Double check your daily intake. Re-read all labels looking for hidden refined
sugars, aspartame, Nutrasweet and combined food groups.
You may be deficient in at least one vitamin or mineral. You should be taking
a multivitamin with minerals twice a day, essential fatty acids (especially
Omega-3) twice a day, and a daily supplement of Chromium.
Be sure that you've eliminated trans-fats (margarine and foods with partially
Some medications especially heavy duty tranquilizers, many diet pills, long
term use of anti-depressants, diuretics, birth control, estrogen, and
antibiotics can interfere with your metabolism, thus halting or slowing weight
loss. Check with your doctor to see if any medication(s) you're taking
could be the problem and if there is something else you could take. If you've
been UnDieting for two or more weeks you might want to ask your doctor to
retest you to see if you still need the medication(s) or if you need the
A thyroid condition can slow or stop weight loss. A simple at home test for
a thyroid condition is to take your temperature under your arm within ten
minutes of waking up in the morning. An underarm temperature below 97.8 suggests
hypothyroidism or hypometabolism. Of course whether you test negative or
positive, make sure you check with your doctor.
Cut back on, bread, rice, pasta and other Starches until you begin to lose
again or until you reach your goal weight.
If you're on the Protein Blast make sure that you're counting
your carbohydrates correctly. Read labels, write down everything you
eat in a day for several days and have a friend check your list for hidden
Diet sodas, diet gelatins, powdered diet drinks and many other prepackaged
diet and "sugar free" foods contain aspartame or sucrose which slows or halts
weight loss in many people. Substitute non-alcoholic beer which is
a Starch, Arrowhead Fruit-flavored mineral waters (many other mineral waters
contain sweeteners & Starches) work with all meal plans, or distilled
water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice.
Don't use more than 6 tablespoons of heavy cream in your coffee in a day.
This isn't a hard and fast rule, but if you're having trouble losing
weight this could be the culprit.
If nothing is working, you may be metabolically resistant. This can occur
for many reasons, especially if you are severely overweight and/or have yo-yo
dieted in the past. The Fat Blast can
be the ticket to kicking you into a downward spiral. The Fat Blast gives
you even faster results than total fasting. Isn't that incredible - you can
eat and lose weight faster than when you're not eating at all! Note: DO NOT
stay on the Fat Blast for more than five days.
Even "good" sugars like Rapadura, Sucanat, raw unfiltered honey, real maple
syrup, date sugar, Sweet 'N Low ... when consumed in too high a quantity
can halt weight loss. Try cutting them out for a few days and see if your
weight loss resumes. If you still want to use these sugars use them occasionally,
If you do eat sugar try to eat it 30 minutes before or after a meal. Sugar,
yes even good sugar, inhibits digestion and we all know what that means -
EXTRA POUNDS! This doesn't include sweeteners that don't spike your insulin
level such as aspartame, Sweet 'N Low, Somersweet, and others.
If you're having trouble with indigestion try not eating acid Fruits
(oranges, tomatoes, lemons, pineapples ...) with Proteins. Acid Fruits can
hamper Protein digestion and result in putrefaction. Milk and orange juice,
while by no means an indigestible combination, is far from a good combination.
Orange juice and eggs however are an even worse combination.
If you're having trouble with indigestion try not eating Starches and sugars
in the same meal. This combination will produce fermentation in most people.
If you're having trouble with gas and/or upset stomach when
eating Fruit try eating melons by themselves, not combining them with
other Fruits and foods. This guideline is based on the ease and speed in
which melons decompose in the digestive system.
Milk is best taken alone or not at all. Milk is the natural food of young
mammals; each species producing milk adapted to the needs of its young. The
young of each species, including our own, take the milk alone, not in combination
with other foods. Milk doesn't digest in the stomach, but in the duodenum,
the result being that when milk is taken the stomach does not secrete
You may be using too much soy with your Starch meals. Try cutting back or
eliminating it from Starch meals.
If you've been mixing Protein with Starches in small amounts and you're weight
loss has stopped you may be using too much of one food group with the other.
Cut down on how much Protein you mix with Starches and vice versa.
Make sure you're eating at least 50% raw foods each day and preferably 80%
when trying to lose weight. Also make sure that at least one meal, preferably
breakfast is completely live.
If you're eating too many peanut products, which are acid forming and difficult
to digest this may have slowed your weight loss.
Pre-digest nuts, beans, and grains by soaking in water for thirty minutes
before cooking or eating them raw. Discard the soaking water.
Make sure dried Fruits and vegetables are sulfur free.
Some people find they lose weight easier if they eat Fruit only in the mornings
and not any other time of the day unless it's a Living Foods day.
Giving yourself a Living Foods day once a week will jump start your weight
loss. Better yet, treat yourself to a Living Foods day 2-3 days a week until
you reach your end or mid-weight goal.
If your question was not answered by the above then check the
FAQ page or e-mail your
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