How many of you have cheated on a diet? Whenever you think, “I’m on a diet” you automatically think of deprivation; basically, being denied a natural right. This is why the typical diet does not work. They lead to frustration and ultimately cheating and binging. If deprive yourself of the food you like to eat and food in general, you become much more likely to eat in excess. This is harmful when you’re trying to lose weight and will keep you from getting that lean body that you want.

Here is the usual outline, you pick out one of the trendy diets, confident that it will help you achieve your goals. At this point you have a great attitude and your willpower is at it’s strongest, at least initially. When your family goes out to a restaurant you skip the deserts while having to watch everyone else eat their cakes, ice creams, and milkshakes.

As you deprive yourself even more and as the days go on, you begin obsessing over food, especially those cakes, ice creams, and milkshakes. You try to make a deal with yourself, saying that “I’ll do more cardio”, just so you can eat that one piece of chocolate cake. You end up cheating because of this deprivation you forced yourself through.

Now you have to start your diet from the beginning and do everything over. To make things worse, your metabolism is significantly slower because of the lack of calories. This causes you to gain more weight than you started with. Making you actually worse off than when you started.

So what is the correct diet? The best diet is not really a diet persay, but a lifestyle change. You must learn to consistently eat balanced meals, and if you eat healthily most of the time you can still consume that cake without guilt. Additionally by changing your eating habits your cravings for those types of foods will be considerably less.

If you are one of those people who have a uncontrollable sweet tooth, this may be an indicator that your diet is too low in essential fats. These essential fats control mood, taste of food, and makes the body release hormones which induce feelings of satisfaction and stop cravings. Having sugar cravings may dictate an intestinal flora imbalance, which means nutrients that are needed to stop the need for sugar are not fully absorbed into the bloodstream.

In order to solve this problem you need to include essential fats. Try sprinkling a tablespoon of olive oil, canola oil, or flax oil onto your vegetables and proteins. Try making soups with a variety of high fibrous vegetables including green beans, spinach, broccoli, and zucchini.

By taking the time to chew your proteins carefully you will combat intestinal flora imbalance. Chew your food thoroughly instead of swallowing large chunks. Try to chew each piece of protein 30 times. Good sources of protein which promote fat loss are chicken breasts, turkey breasts, fish, egg whites, and organic fed beef.

By learning how to eat healthily you will lose weight without the feeling of being deprived.