Keys To Sticking With A Weight Loss Diet

 Keys To Sticking With A Weight Loss Diet - HSP Health Blog

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A new year often means a new diet.

Diets are always challenging but they can be particularly problematic for highly sensitive people.

Why?

Because overstimulation, stress and difficulties with other people can overwhelm our best intentions.

Can We Make Dieting Easier For Highly Sensitive People?

There are many approaches to dieting but two stand out:

  1. reduced calorie diets. These diets generally take your existing diet down a notch. Depending on your current eating plan, it may be less of what you are currently eating. It may involve a change of foods.  There are many dieting services like Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem among others that find ways to reduce calories without changing your food lifestyle.
  2. meal replacement diets. Meal replacement diets came into vogue as technology entered the food business. Once company that pioneered their use is Medifast. Meal replacements   can have a high amount of nutrition for a modest amount of calories. They are dense nutrition meant to replace 1-2 meals a day.

Either of these approaches can help you lose weight but there is more to it.

What Is Weight Loss Discomfort?

One of the reasons that people have difficulty with diets, is that their bodies feel the withdrawal of food. It can be frightening.

Because of calorie restriction, no matter what your method, you body will most likely digest what you do eat fairly quickly – certainly faster than when you were eating more. So you will feel ups and down from sugar imbalances.

Whatever our current diet, we have found a way to create sugar stability in our bodies, even if it means we weigh more than we would like.

When we start a diet, we disturb that equilibrium and that causes discomfort.

Your  equilibrium changes can also change your moods, make you feel weaker and make it harder to handle stress.

All of these factors can make a successful weight loss diet seem like an impossible achievement.

How To Manage Bood Sugar Levels On A Weight Loss Diet

There are herbs for managing blood sugar levels.

One of the best is gymnema silvestre which is THE Ayurvedic herb used for managing sugar levels. It will stabilize you blood sugar levels while you are reducing your weight.

It wil make the dieting experience much more pleasurable.

Other Ways To Make Dieting Easier

There are a number of other herbs that can help make dieting easier:

  • ashwaghandha and brahmi are two great herbs for helping with stress. It has antioxident and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help you manage your stress levels easier when you are dieting.
  • vidanga and trikatu are two herbs that improves digestion
  • triphala is a great herb for balancing the entire body gently over time.

Making Dieting Work When You Are Highly Sensitive

Being highly sensitive can make health challenges greater but that does not mean that getting in shape is impossible. A solid diet plan, a sensible pace of work and rest, and herbal support can put achieving a heathy weight within reach.

Go for it!

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Comments

  1. says

    I loved reading this and what you, Deb and Maria, shared in the comments. After giving up any kind of dieting, I finally learned to listened to what my body needed. Learning about Ayurveda and applying its wisdom has also had a profound impact on my health. It’s such an intuitive system that goes against any kind of dieting—because it’s unique to you as the individual. Like many HSPs, part of my default setting is turning to food when I am stressed. One of the things I love the most about Ayurveda is that it shows me what self care to bring in to my life that has the greatest impact (and stress relief) for my dosha. With comforting self care in place, I don’t need to turn to food.

    • Maria says

      Hi Kathryn,

      When we seek food because of stress it is just our way of trying to strengthen ourselves. I agree that Ayurveda helps us create the kind of self care that will minimize stress. Thanks for your insights. It is a great gift to have Ayurveda available for HSPs (and everyone else)! I appreciate you taking the time to let others know how it works for you.

      All the best,
      Maria

  2. says

    While I am by no means an expert on weight and diets, I have learned a few things. After years of “dieting” for those extra 20 pounds I finally assessed my triggers. I tend to eat when overwhelmed. Many people believe that carrying extra weight is like a defense barrier. Those two things can be interrelated for HSPs, and neither work well as a means to help the body naturally find a weight that is optimal for us as an individual. Like Maria, I found Ayurveda, and discovered that when I eat what my body needs to balance my doshas, my weight pretty naturally finds the zone where I feel my best. Over the years I’ve become more sensitive to seasonal changes, as Ayurveda describes, and changing diets with the season makes a difference. Also, doshas have weight. I once dropped 12 pounds during a 7 day panchakarma treatment! I was eating. It was all the imbalances being gently pulled out. Extra weight can be due to so many things – including eating processed foods that contain all kinds of things that either the body can’t process or is quite literally are engineered to be addictive. I’ve found if I make food choices for well-being and balance, the weight just sort of manages itself.

    • Maria says

      Thanks, Deb for your insights and for stopping by.

      I think you make a good point about how imbalances can be a source of weight. For HSPs it can be particularly difficult since stress eating as well as less than ideal food can multiply those imbalances. What a wonderful story about the effects of panchakarma! I have not done it, but I would like to some day.

      I have been using John Douillard’s detox program which is highly effective as well. He has also written the bok, The Three Season Diet, which you may be aware of.

      It is great to hear that an HSP is successfully using Ayurveda. Thank you for sharing your experience.

      Maria

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