|Going Low-Carb is a Major Event|
That's the reason why a low-carb diet works. It corrects insulin issues, stabilizes blood sugar levels, primes the body to burn fat for energy, and drastically reduces your hunger. All of that makes low carbing much easier to stick to than a traditional low-fat, low-calorie diet. However, expecting yourself to never fall prey to a chocolate chip cookie isn't realistic. While some people do have the strength to never go off plan, others find dieting a struggle.
Deprivation is no picnic, and while it's exciting to initially be able to chow down on a thick juicy steak, use real butter on your veggies, and spike your morning coffee with heavy cream and sugar-free flavored syrup, at some point, most dieters find themselves unconsciously reaching for potato chips rather than cheese. Habits are extremely difficult to break, and no matter how committed you are to your low-carb lifestyle, you could honestly find yourself waking up the morning after a carb binge, and wondering -- what happened?
For Low-Carb Success Forgiving Yourself is Essential
When you fall off the wagon, forgiving yourself is essential. It doesn't do you any good to sit around trying to find something to blame. It's better to just realize that you did what you thought was right and justified at the time. While the rationalization you used the night before might not make sense now, listening to the internal dialog that's blaming you or the carbs only hurts your chances for ultimate success. You are not a victim and you are not helpless. You are just human, so both guilt and blame are equally destructive activities.
Indulging in that kind of thing only keeps you a slave to the dieting mindset. It paralyzes you, especially if you believe the lies that your inner critic is telling. Guilt weighs quite a bit, and being angry with yourself and beating yourself up for eating something you wanted to eat at the time isn't going to help you accomplish your goals. Resistance to what you want to do is normal. It's not something specific to you. While you might be weak where avoiding carbs is concerned, it happens to lots of low-carb dieters. You are not alone.
Getting Inside Your Head
|Weight-Loss Success Takes More than Low-Carb Food|
Successful dieting involves more than following a print out of established rules and regulations. It's more than being told what to eat and which foods to avoid. While the science behind low-carb diets is important in order to make an informed choice about which diet is best for you, once the choice has been made, it becomes a mental game to stay on plan.
Most of us have been feeding the subconscious mind for years. It's set in its ways and doesn't want to change. It loves being in charge. It loves seeking after comfort and avoiding all forms of disturbance and pain. Low-carb diets disrupt the way the subconscious mind has been programmed, so it's common to experience resistance. A lot of resistance. The trick is to observe what's going on without resorting to self-judgment and criticism.
You can't make essential changes in your current lifestyle or thought patterns if you're blind to what's happening. That's why a binge or going off plan is not a bad thing. It's actually something to celebrate, because you now have an opportunity to take a closer look at how your mind currently functions. Only then can you take the appropriate steps that will lead to permanent change.
The Power of Forgiveness
Forgiveness doesn't mean that we make excuses for our behavior. If you have serious issues with carbohydrates, such as metabolic syndrome, PCOS, pre-diabetes, or high cholesterol levels, then it's essential to stick to your low-carb diet. You owe it to yourself to lessen the stress on your body and give it the proper nutrition it needs to function appropriately.
But neither is forgiveness an excuse to go off of your diet every single time there's a chocolate cupcake in your environment calling your name. It's impossible to take advantage of the benefits of a low-carb lifestyle if you're not really living that lifestyle.
Cheating can cause your cravings to skyrocket, your hunger to spiral out of control, and it can even make your feel ill if you have hidden food sensitivities you don't know about. For example, many people who turn to a low-carb diet are sensitive or allergic to wheat, so when they cheat on the diet with bread or grain-based desserts, they feel bloated, crampy, sick to their stomach, and quickly pack on the pounds.
The power of forgiveness lies in the understanding that a low-carb diet plan isn't just a diet; it's a lifestyle change. True change takes time and whole lot of work. It requires you to get on top of your emotional eating style, to observe and consider your eating patterns and tendencies, to look at your activity level, and above all -- to teach yourself and habituate yourself to a whole new way of living.
That takes a lot of self-observation, self-considering, and perhaps a little self-talk along the way. It's takes confidence in your self that you can do this, but even more than that, it takes the strength and courage to get to know yourself. Your real self. Not the image you've created in your mind to hide behind, but the bare-naked self that is sabotaging your dieting efforts and goals.
However, the key to making a low-carb diet work isn't demanding perfection. The key to making a low-carb diet work is experiencing the power of forgiveness.
Weight-Loss Success Requires Inner Transformation
Think of it as transforming your inner couch potato and the carb monster who's currently sitting in the driver's seat into someone who's fit and trim. While they have both served you well up until now, and deserve your thankfulness and full forgiveness, the truth is that if you want to be thin and healthy, you can't do what you've always done.
You have to stand up do something different.