Low carb diets are FAD and you will get a huge weight re-gain guaranteed if you go back to normal eating whenever you relapse – and it will happen! Abel: Today we’re here with Gretchen Rubin, the author of several books, including the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, Better Than Before, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home.
Abel: One of the reasons I got a puppy about three years ago is that I wanted to destroy my life and let that be okay. With a puppy, you really have to be aware of when he needs to eat and drink and go out—you have to be very aware of another creature’s needs.
From a habit perspective, how many people know they need to take a dog for a walk and they do it. But if you know your puppy is going to be mischievous without his walk, you’re more likely to do it. Sometimes people find out they’re pregnant, or they get a doctor’s report, or it could just be a casual conversation with a friend, but whatever it is it will set off a change in their head.
Abel: I get a lot of people writing in and asking why it’s so difficult (especially when they get results) to convince the people around them. It is funny when we become so convinced, and we see the personal benefits and the research, we want everyone in our lives to eat this way. You can spend all day flip-flopping about exercising then feel totally exhausted without even having gone to the gym. I don’t have to decide to give up sugar every day, or not eat dessert, or get up at 5:30am.
I have identified 21 strategies, and to change a challenging habit you might use 5 or 6 of them. For people who are discouraged, I think there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit—things right for you that will help make that habit stick. If you think you want to go into work at 6am during the week and then take the weekends off, and your identity is a workaholic, you won’t be able to take that weekend off.
Abel: How can you tell if your idea of your identity is something that’s serving you or not? If it’s interfering with a habit you want to have, you need to think about how your identity is not serving you.
Abel: Being in harmony with your surroundings and intentionally designing your environment to make good habits easy is also really important.
If you’re constantly checking your cell phone while driving, put it in the trunk or under the back seat on mute. If you don’t want to watch TV, instead of keeping the remote by the chair you sit in, put it on a high shelf behind a closed door.
This is a rule that says if there’s anything you could do in less than a minute, do it without delay. The one-minute rule just happens in these little parts of your day, and a lot people say it’s amazing how much gets done in just these little bits of time.
If you load yourself with shame or guilt, it’s not going to energize you to do a better job. Research shows that people who get back in the saddle are the people who show compassion to themselves. Maybe that birthday party didn’t go so well, but the holidays are coming up and so now I know I shouldn’t go somewhere hungry. The prize for bringing your lunch is a new lunch box, not something like a giant piece of chocolate cake. If you want your body or health to be different, you need to make changes that are indefinite. It’s exciting and encouraging when there are these tools, and this is the kind of thing that’s going to work. Here are a few quick tips for how to drop fat and get results with your New Year’s Resolutions this year.
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I was turned on to both the Paleo world and Gretchen Rubin by one of my colleagues so was really great to see these two worlds collide. After years of frustration, sickness, and increasing flab, I stopped listening to the “experts,” “gurus,” and even my doctors. Read more tips from Leo Babauta on how to change your story so you can change your life at Zen Habits. People have discovered that carbohydrates are the one thing that they need to cut out of their diet in order to lose weight. Complex carbohydrates are foods which are a bit more complex in their molecular make up (they have more things in) for example – Breads, Pasta, Rice, Oats, Grain’s are all examples of complex carbohydrates. Now the body stores carbohydrates to be used as energy for whenever we need it (for exercise, bodily processes etc) – carbohydrate is our body’s fuel and this is a reason why it is important to have it in our diet!
Yes you may have lost 1 stone in the last two weeks, but as soon as you fall off the wagon because you can’t handle the energy lows anymore (and they are bad!) you will eat carbs, retain water and I can safely say put 6 lbs + back on just over the course of eating back to normal for a day!
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Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer (I freaking love that). We tried going out late when we had a puppy, and what we came home to was an absolute disaster. What you may not realize is that exercise actually boosts your energy, unless you’re doing something super-rigorous.
To me, it’s so utterly compelling and some people have the lightening bolt and others don’t.
His answer is, “But Gretchen, you’re just a data point of one.” But I’m the only data point I care about! He was in his mid 70s, 30 pounds overweight, and all his numbers were moving in the wrong direction. His doctor was like, “Hey Jack, how have you changed your diet?” He got back to his high school weight. My family has been changing slowly, too, but I think it’s frustrating when you want people to really accept the theory and follow along. I’m part of a “freaky fringe.” I’m part of a small group of people called upholders, who find it very easy to form habits.
Even someone who was speaking to me about habits for a long time, I just didn’t hear what she was saying.
Then she realized that she thought going to bed before midnight was a sign of a suburban sort of uncool person, not her hip party-all-night identity. A lot of times, once you point this out to people, they begin to see pretty easily what it is about their identity that’s interfering. We live in smoky mountains and just being able to open the door and go for a walk with the dog is incredible.
Don’t feel like you have to move to another state to make a difference, just think about what is going to make it work for you.
Maybe you need a trainer, a friend, an accountability group where somebody’s going to say, “Hey, how did it go?
If you can put the lid on the peanut butter, put away your coat, take out the recycling… do it now. They try to learn from something and move forward, because often when you load yourself with guilt, you turn back to the habit to make yourself feel better. If you get into a lot of good healthy cooking, then get yourself a set of good knives because that will help you with your cooking! You make one small change and then you can do this thing that’s been frustrating you for years. Plus: learn the 3 worst foods you should NEVER eat and the 7 best exercises for rapid fat loss.
I get it – we’re all swimming in misinformation when it comes to health, fitness and nutrition. We’re just about to launch The Wild Diet 30-Day Challenge to help you get in the best shape of your life. For the entire month of February 2016 (during our 30-Day Fat Loss Challenge), you’ll not only gain access to our library of videos, recipes, articles, downloads, and a supportive group of community members—you’ll also be able to grab the 30-Day Meal Plan (a $97 value) for just $1. Leave a comment below to share your personality type and what you’ve learned about how to best make habits for yourself.
Have been listening to your podcast, and Gretchen’s for about 6 months now, and of course enjoying both.
My name is Abel, and a few years ago, I decided to seriously focus on my health and made some alarming discoveries. I buried my nose in the research and experimented on myself like a lab rat until I found the truth. But what do you tell yourself about how you as the main character will behave in your life story? It is also worth mentioning that when sugar is stored in our body also causes us to hold water in the cells (this will become important later). Quite simply when you cut carbs out of your diet you immediately start to starve the body of its primary energy source so the body finds it hard to keep its sugar stores topped up!
Carboydrates need to be monitored accordingly to even out sugar levels and stop them from going too high, not completely cut out from your diet. On the show, you’ll learn why low carb diets work, simple tricks to be happier, and how to hack your habits to kick butt in health and life.
Don’t forget to tune in at 9 pm Eastern, 8pm Central Thursdays on ABC to see my ugly mug on national television. We’re going to talk today about how you can upgrade your life by tackling your habits… and joining us is your new puppy! You get a puppy pooping everywhere and destroying things, how has that changed your habits? The cons are that you give up your freedom, they cost a lot of money, and then there’s the pooping. I was talking to my friend Al Jacobs who’s a brilliant writer and wrote Drop-Dead Healthy, and he knows all the research about low-carb but came out with more of a traditional dietary approach.
So I asked her, “How do you tell yourself ‘no’ when it comes to french fries?” She says to herself, “Now I’m free from french fries.” You get free from it when you abstain. So, if you have to choose between joining the gym right across from your office or saving a few buck by joining the gym a couple blocks away, choose the one that’s more convenient. These things are nothing consequential on their own, but added together, they drain your energy.
What I learned is that rewards are very undermining, so you don’t want to use them unless the reward takes you deeper into the habit. Found it interesting that both my colleague and I are Upholders, as well as one of my good friends, and completely identified with what Gretchen said about not realizing that she was on the freaky fringe yet it was so obvious to everyone else. I created this website to share these discoveries and help people achieve their diet goals, in a fun, healthy and sane way! We are burning sugar all the time, through processes like breathing, digesting out food, walking around and exercising. Besides … the body cannot actually burn fat without sugar – because by mixing sugar (carbs) and oxygen we burn fat (but that’s another blog for another day!). I was eating egg white omelets and bran cereal with not great results until that point—my lightning bolt was true because I saw incredible changes in my body when I changed my diet. Go after the dream, fight the forces of distraction and dullness and self-doubt, rise up to be your best self.
This causes our sugar stores to start to deplete (first in the muscle) and as the sugar starts to be broken down and used as energy water is released from the muscle cells and other body cells – the majority of the weight you lose in the first 3-7 days on a low carbohydrate diet will simply be water – NOT FAT!
Our bodies have primarily adapted to using sugar, not fat as a primary energy source through the process of evolution. I have a sixteen year old daughter and a ten year old daughter, and the puppy gives them something they like to do together. It was this new way of thinking, a focus on insulin, and it really radically changed my habits. There’s ten loopholes and we are such good advocates of ourselves that we find ways to use them. Typically I find Questioners to be the easiest type of patient to work with in my practice. You are the writer of your story, the composer of your song, and every moment is a chance to rewrite it, a new draft ready to be crafted into something better.
Well I’m going to give you a quick insight into the world of carbohydrates, what they are, what they do, why we need them and WHY LOW CARB IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU! If you keep to a low carb diet for 7-14 days, you will start to deplete your muscle glycogen stores completely – which means your body then has to get its energy from somewhere else during exercise and everyday tasks.
This is WHY low carb diets make you feel tired, lethargic and under-energised, the body does not respond well to just burning fat stores, it’s a slow process and not one that can keep up with our busy lifestyles. This is when any weight you lose will be a result of your body burning its secondary store of sugar, fat! This is why most people cannot maintain a low carb diet for more than a few weeks; you will get tired, you will get grumpy and you will get stressed out because you are not giving your body the correct nutrition it needs to function properly! This is when 99% of people relapse and give in to carbs – and it makes them feel normal again!
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