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stop-measuring-food-and-break-all-the-weight-loss-rulesAs a fitness professional, many of my clients are shocked to find that I loathe all weight loss rules! Their jaws drop when I tell them that I discourage calorie counting, measuring food, and paying attention to portion sizes. The way I see it, if cavemen didn't have to do it, then neither should we! Can you imagine our primal ancestors huddled in a cave with hammer and chisel, carving out calorie counts and portion sizes on cave walls? I think not!

Listen, the reason why so many weight loss professionals and programs encourage weight loss rules like calorie-counting and food measuring is because they don't trust that your body will know when it's had enough to eat. The existence of the "hunger switch" is believed to be broken; the off switch doesn't work so hunger is always "on". Ok, so there is some truth to that belief—that may be why so many of my clients are stunned with my unconventional approach to healthy nutrition. They only feel that way until I tell them why I don't calorie-count or measure food: I found out how to fix that proverbial switch!

Before I tell you how to fix that hunger switch, let's go off on a little side-tangent. The brilliant researchers over at the University of California in San Diego discovered what Dr. Robert Lustig calls "The Holy Grail of Obesity Research": Insulin in the bloodstream blocks the transmission of Leptin to the brain. Leptin is the hormone that tells your body it's had enough to eat.

While I understand you may not be pumping yourself full of insulin, chances are that the foods you are eating are causing insulin to be released into your bloodstream. Want to break all the weight loss rules and stop calorie-counting and food measuring? Simply stop eating all the foods that cause insulin to be released into your bloodstream!

Such foods include anything that is made with highly refined sugars, wheat, and grains in general. Yep, pretty much 80 percent of the foods you probably eat. These foods essentially turn off your body's "I'm full and satisfied" signal, causing you to consistently overeat—which necessitates calorie-counting and food measuring. Eliminate all processed foods and grains from your diet and you won't need to keep a food log!

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Not only have I heard this plea for help by others, it was one I often made myself. Accepting that I had a food addiction did little to help me; it actually made things more confusing. Acceptance was just the beginning of a long, 4-yr struggle to break free.

While I had come to terms with the fact that I had a problem with food, I didn't know how to break the hold it had over me. My "mindfulness" was starting to drive me crazy as I uncovered habit after habit of self-destructive behavior, yet lacked the solution to overcome any of them. One habit that puzzled me to no end was my inability to stop eating.

A specific memory comes to mind that epitomizes my experience with food addiction...

It was a typical work day at the pharmacy I had been working at—typical meaning hectic and full of grumpy customers. Lunch finally rolled around and a co-worker and I escaped the chaos to one of my all-time favorite fast-food joints in Wichita. On the way there, I'm repeating in my head, "I'm not gonna be an oinker, I'm gonna be a good girl and order sensibly." And I did—I ordered a junior cheeseburger meal (a small cheeseburger, small fry, and a small drink).

What I really wanted was the 1/3-pounder with cheese, a large fry, a medium iced-mocha to drink, and then a brownie fudge sundae with extra fudge to top it all off. And I kept thinking about what I had versus what I really wanted. And I couldn't forget about it. Even after finishing the junior meal, acknowledging that I was full, I still felt "not satisfied". That feeling gnawed on me for the rest of my shift.

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Secret to Weight LossMany fitness enthusiasts, nutrition consultants, and weight loss experts don't really have a clue about the secret either, which is why nothing they can say or do will work for you. Not that their intentions aren't genuine, I'm sure they have a sincere desire to help you reach your goal. Unfortunately they can't help you because, just like you, they're clueless.

Before I reveal the secret behind why 96% of weight loss efforts are failing, let me reaffirm some of the advice you have been given:

• There is no such thing as a magic pill or shake.
• Fad diets do not work.
• You cannot lose weight without regular exercise AND maintaining healthy nutrition.
• You cannot out-exercise a bad diet.

All very sound and truthful advice. But does that help you at all? Are you now ready and excited to start dieting and exercising tomorrow? Are you ever ready and excited to diet and exercise?

The Secret to Weight Loss is Dramatically Unveiled

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Dear Mr. or Mrs. Weight Loss Product Pusher,

weight loss supplementsThe fact that I am writing a blog post that is addressing you personally shows that I need to have a few words with you—several hundreds of words actually.

Who am I and what concern do I have with you, you ask? Quite frankly, I'm a former fattie. At 5-feet-2-inches tall and weighing 181 pounds, I was classified as obese by medical standards—a classification that your industry says it's after. "End the Trend" is the motto, right?

While I was fighting my own very personal battle of the bulge, I spent a TON of money on your industry's fitness programs and nutritional supplements. Currently in my DVD collection are Taebo, Turbo Jam, Turbo Fire, Slim in 6, P90X, and T25. I've also used Xyngular, Nutrisystem, Weight Watchers, Innutra, ViSalus, Shakeology, and countless others. Sadly, none of it solved my problem; they didn't "End the Trend" for me.

There's one huge glaring fault with your product and campaign: It's focusing on the wrong problem. Maybe if we stop pushing fitness programs and weight loss supplements down the throats of overweight people, we can implement a true, permanent solution. You do care about helping find a lasting solution, right?

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First of all, let me just set the record straight and say that it has nothing to do with you being lazy and lacking motivation. Motivation is not the issue here. Feel better? Good.

So, what is the problem? Why haven’t you been able to achieve the same results as the beach goddesses in the weight loss commercials? You paid the same kind of money and followed the same fitness and diet plan, right? Why are they now able to bounce around in bikinis and flaunt glorious 6-pack abs while you’re still stuck hiding in baggy sweat pants and billowy t-shirts? Where is your bikini body and 6-pack abs!?!

Weight Loss Programs not Working?Take a deep breath, my friend—the problem is a basic one with a fairly simple solution that isn't going to cost you a thing except maybe the money it takes to buy groceries. Why groceries? Because that’s where your problem lies.

But first, I want you to think of something for a second…

What does every single weight loss program and supplement have in common? What comes along with every fitness and supplement program you ever purchased? Usually a detailed meal plan to follow—or at the very least a nutritional guide. Should you come across a weight loss program or product that doesn't come with at least some basic dietary information to follow, that is a HUGE indicator to not entrust your money, time, and effort into that program! Ninety-nine point nine-nine-nine-nine-nine percent of the time those kinds of programs are SCAMS and should be avoided like the plague. But back to the point…

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