Rank #1: Youtube Meditation Weight Loss Video Blog in Silicon Valley
Here’s a meditation weight loss video blog conversation I had with Tony from Food Karma. This article includes keto, binge eating and mindset. This conversation is really great because Tony has lost over 50 pounds and has tried dieting many times before. But perhaps even more importantly … Tony has lost weight without starving himself, without beating himself up, and by enjoying the food he eats. This truly is a meditation on weight loss in the sense that this conversation will get you thinking about what mainstream weight loss recommends versus what actually works for you.
Rank #2: How To Stop Food Cravings and Sugar Withdrawal (Bay Area)
So how your mouth can’t stop watering and you’re wondering “How do I stop food cravings and sugar withdrawal?” While your local personal trainer or other well-intentioned physician might tell you to “just do it” or give you some dietary trick, I am instead going to help you learn: The root cause of craving Why “bad” foods automatically cause cravings How unconditional food freedom can set you free For more info on a related topic “Stop Self Sabotage” check out my video here. You can also learn more about sugar withdrawal in this Youtube Video here by Dr. Tracy Marks.
Rank #3: How to Meal Prep For Weight Loss
I just climbed Mission Peak for the first time over the weekend! The guy standing next to me is my good ole’ mentor and friend.Paul. At the top we were huffing and puffing. It was crazy. My expectations were way off. The hike was almost straight up! Fortunately Paul brought food. Can you imagine what would have happened if there was no food? And I say fortunately because even calm guys like Paul and I ... We get HANGRY. No doubt there would’ve been violence had Paul not brought a few Builder Bars. And here’s what’s important: Paul has lost 20 lbs and kept off 20 lbs over 2 years. And he is currently running and an IndieGogo campaign to fund a technologically innovative DIY indoor farm. Paul met this genius engineer. This genius invented a patented-system to easily grow plants. Now they think they this technology may be the key to feeding the entire planet. Surprisingly this technology appears to only be a simple bucket... But inside this bucket is new nano-technology which makes plants grow on just a few water droplets a day! They’ve raised over 10K so far. You gotta check out their intro video. And so anyways we were at the top of Mission Peak. And I wanted to share with you Paul’s wisdom: Bring food with you so you don’t starve. It works for Paul. But what does Paul do specifically to meal prep? Well, for starters you’d have to ask him. But I have done some research and have seen people in this situation before. And the most common thing I see is people knowing they should meal prep ... But not having the time or motivation to do so. So there are 2 big problems - time and motivation. Let’s talk about motivation first. And yeah, I know you already know all the benefits of meal prepping. This Healthline article lists 5 main benefits: https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/meal-planning-hacks-tips#5 Can help save money Can ultimately save time Can help with weight control, as you decide the ingredients and portions served Can contribute to an overall more nutritionally balanced diet Can reduce stress as you avoid last minute decisions about what to eat, or rushed preparation But let’s say you already know the benefits ... And still aren’t motivated. What then? Well, the key is to make meal prepping easy and fun. Do not settle for anything less than easy and fun. For most people this means ... #1 Don’t be worried about being perfect Sometimes people think they need the healthiest meal prep to do it ‘right’ But then main benefit of meal prep is actually not eating out at fast food restaurants and saving money and time. So don’t worry so much about the nutrition. There’s no need to make it perfect. #2 Brainstorming and creating a go-to list of foods This makes it much easier in the hard times when you’re super busy ... Because you already have a list that you know is easy and fun. Take for example one guy I was working with. He had a kid and always was rushed on time. But once he realized he could eat one of his favorite snacks ... Peanut butter sandwiches with honey on whole wheat toast - his whole life changed. First of all, he wasn’t worrying so much about nutrition. So peanutbutter and all that stuff was fine now. And now he was saving hours a week NOT eating out, and saving money too. And stress. #3 Start small. Don’t worry about getting meals for every single meal of every single day. Start with the meal you skip the most frequently. For most people it’s either breakfast or lunch. Start by prepping just 2-3 days of food for breakfast or lunch. Don’t worry about being perfect. This was a piece of advice from this Harvard article on meal prepping. https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/2017/03/20/meal-prep
Rank #4: Enlightenment From Willpower
The biggest problem I see helping people is the delusion of willpower. Our society has associated willpower with success. And therefore, the opposite is true. If you fail at food your willpower must be low. Like if you fail to eat the right type of foods in the whole 30 then your willpower is low. If you try the ‘no sugar, no carb’ diet and fail it’s because your willpower is low. And if your willpower is low then YOU must be a failure. The problem stems from the incorrect view of willpower. Our society views willpower like air. Are you breathing right now? Yes. Of course. Just like you always have enough air around you ... People mistakenly think you always have enough willpower around you, too. Therefore... If you fail your diet, it’s because YOU ARE LAZY. A lot of people reading this really deeply believe that their willpower failures are evidence they personally are lazy. Is this you? Email me or comment. Because the thing is ... THIS is Wrong!!! For most people ... Willpower is much more like my old laptop's battery. See my old laptop I would take it fully charged to go study at the library. And then I would I would sit down and turn on my laptop. I’d get everything set up but then my computer would start dimming automatically. Confused, I would remember ... My battery only lasted a few hours!!! And the same thing is true with willpower. It only lasts a few hours and then it’s gone! So imagine being at the library when your computer dies... Would you then blame yourself? Would you call yourself lazy, unmotivated, stupid, etc? No! Of course not. You’d say ... “Duhhhh...” I need a charger! And not having a battery in terms of weight loss is like coming home at night after a 10 hour stressful work day. You don’t have energy to think. In fact, you need to binge and watch some TV. You NEED to. No arguing. You Need to. Like wouldn’t it be nice If Only Willpower Was The Problem ... Wouldn’t it be great if willpower was the problem? Like what if your stressful job, your stressful kids and your stressful husband/wife weren’t to blame. Wouldn’t that be nice? Well ... all these problems can easily go away according to the diet industry! The diet industry says ‘Just Use Willpower’ and all your problems will go away! In fact, I do a whole episode on the Weight Loss Enlightenment Podcast about these ideas! You’ll be slim, attractive and energized in no time! All you have to do is use willpower to Not eat sugar Have homecooked meals Not eat things out of plastic, like candy Gosh wouldn’t that make things simple? I mean, then you wouldn’t have to worry about making a thousand small decisions each day. To hydrate yourself in the morning To have protein before you leave the house To bring nutritious snacks to work To meal prep But in reality ... It’s daily tiny decisions that count! Some wise person once said this to this effect: Thoughts lead to feelings, Feelings to actions, Actions to habits, Habits into lifestyle, Lifestyle into character. So the way forward into a healthy life is not through willpower. Because willpower often times leads to a dead battery! Because there will always be those times when you fail. There will always be those times when you come home completely exhausted and your willpower battery is dead. What then? If you're relying on willpower, your toast. But by doing something else entirely ... Something that is fun, something that you want to do, something that is easy ... You can successfully do 1 tiny behavior. What does this mean? You change one lil tiny easy behavior at a time. So it’s progress, not perfection. ike just take any old random habit. Like water. Say you start drinking water for a week, every morning. Do this new habit at the same time each day and then make sure you feel good afterward
Rank #5: The only 2 skills to relax belly stress and lose weight crazy quick
Can you feel small stress in your belly? Because some people don’t notice stress until it’s BIG TIME. See most people… But really, you have to fight stress when it’s small. Most people though… They want to rush into weight loss. What’s the new diet? What’s the magic key? What’s the right nutrition? They want the magic something that will magically make them lose weight. Sadly, this approach never works. They go about their day … Stressing in traffic (and not noticing they are stressing) Stressing with their phone (but not noticing the stress facebook causes …) And bam. Suddenly the stress is too much. Something sets you off. And then you binge. And then you feel like crap and emotional eat. Or you give up your diet. And you feel like crap. A few cycles of this and you’re miserable trying to lose weight. You’re good for so long … But then something just gets you. You get triggered. Thrown off course. You’re at the mercy of the day. And the next day you try to eat healthier … But the pattern repeats itself. The pattern always repeats itself. ALWAYS! I talk about this repeating pattern in this video here. I mean, c’mon. We live in a stressful friggin’ world. We need to face this. We cannot pretend stress doesn’t effect our weight. Sure, it’s not a direct link. It’s not as obvious as eating donuts and sugar. But honestly, it’s pretty close to a direct link. Because if we can’t relax … If we can’t free ourselves of stress … Then we end up miserable. That’s pretty obvious. Weight loss is hard enough. If we can’t diminish our stress, then we probably won’t last. We need to be in control. So you want to lose weight crazy quick? Don’t even bother if you can’t relax. Now I know that sounds harsh. But don’t worry – you don’t have to be perfect. No. That’s not what I am talking about. You can have stress in your life. Heck, I am a lil’ stressed out right now writing this! But am I beating myself up, noooooooo. There are plenty of people out there who are sustainably losing weight even though they feel stress in their life. What gives? Here’s the key. There are 2 things you absolutely must have. Notice stress before it gets BIG Decrease stress Notice the word ‘decrease’. It’s not eliminate. It’s not eradicate. No. It’s decrease. You need to learn how to decrease stress, a lil. You can have stress in your life. But you need to have skills to decrease stress. Stress Skills are great than Weight Loss. You will never have no stress. But having stress reduction skills gives you something important. Stress reduction skills give you power. Instead of hoping for some day when you aren’t stressed … Because that day will never come (we both know that). So like me writing this piece, I can handle a bit more stress because I know I have stress reduction skills. It’s not like I am ignoring my stress. No. I am being practical. I know that I can reduce it whenever I want to after I am done writing. Or, if I just want to take a break. Basically, in terms of weight loss. You must adopt this mindset: “Stress is real, but we always have a choice--we can let it consume us or we learn to control it.” - Dr. Robert Anthony Listen to the podcast at weightlossenlightenment.com/blog Connect with me on social media Jared Levenson or @jared_levenson
Rank #6: How to rethink lose weight fast with healthy meal plans
So let’s talk about Weight Loss Homework. First off, never think of Weight Loss as Homework. Because then you think in a mechanical way. You think ... Just eat less Just count calories Just exercise more I see the myth of more exercise very frequently. This is basically the homework approach. Do your weight loss homework ... go to the gym ... I’ve been helping people lose naturally for years and it’s amazing to me how many people try to lose weight by exercising more. They are in weight loss homework mode! But be prepared for real weight loss homework. Because here’s the dirty math. Put on your thinking cap and bear with me for a few simple weight loss math equations. Question 1: Do you want to spend 30 hours of intense exercise to lose 1lb? Think about. 30 hours in the gym running. 1 lb lost. That’s 1.5 hours per day 5 days a week for a month. Every single week day evening for a month you just exercise. At the end you lose 1 lb. You want that? If so, go ahead and exercise to lose weight. It’ll take you 300 hours to lose 10 lbs. Good luck. You can read more in this Vox article backed up by 60 studies here (https://www.vox.com/2016/4/28/11518804/weight-loss-exercise-myth-burn-calories) I give this example because many a time people have an overly simply way of thinking about weight loss. They are in weight loss homework mode and need to rethink! So how do you start to rethink how to lose weight fast? Here’s what people are missing: Hunger. Let’s start by having a conversation about hunger. Because so many people are concentrating on nutrition and exercise they miss the fundamental point. This fundamental point is what Weight Loss Enlightenment is about. WLE is about realizing you have the answers WITHIN you. And it all starts with your hunger. Because in America, we love to overeat. In fact, I am working with a guy right now who loves to be full! He loves going out, loves having fun and loves getting delicious food at restaurants. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. You might be in the same boat. You like food. Heck, you might even get a little defensive when I start talking about food. But rest assured ... Weight Loss Enlightenment is about feeling good. Because overeating actually isn’t pleasurable. Think about it. The first sushi bite is delicious. The 2nd is pretty good. And so is the 3rd. But by the 3rd roll you aren’t even tasting the sushi any more. You are mechanically eating. You have zoned out. You’ve been conditioned in America to associate fullness with pleasure. That’s what the diet industry wants you to do, btw. If you want to learn more about my thoughts about the evil diet industry then take a look at this video here (https://weightlossenlightenment.com/2018/10/06/the-best-over-the-counter-appetite-suppressant/) Basically this video is about how the food industry is brainwashing you to think being super full is good. This way you’ll buy more food and give them more money. Anyways, I digress. Because overeating is programmed into us! See for thousands of years ... And for most of the world ... HUNGER IS BAD. Hunger means you gunna die. So now in America and other 1st world countries don’t have this problem... Anytime we are hungry we associate hunger with fear. Plus, the diet industry has conditioned us to think we need to be mindlessly full and keep stuffing ourselves with their products ... So long story short, you start thinking overeating makes you happy. You associate overfullness with joy and pleasure. But really ... You are only happy about satisfying your hunger. The
Rank #7: The best over the counter appetite suppressant
Gosh wouldn’t it be nice not to have hunger? It would make losing weight so much easier! Because isn’t your appetite always the toughest part about losing weight? The constant hunger. Ergggg. Just go away and let me lose weight in peace! I hear this all the time. Eventually the discomfort reaches a certain point and boom. You just have to give in and eat, don’t you agree? So it makes total sense why so many people are asking me about hunger & appetite suppressants.
Rank #8: How Fat Burning Foods For Weight Loss Are Like A Wheel Of Suffering
You type into google “Fat Burning Foods For Weight Loss”. Your heartbeat quickens as you smile in joy. Whew! In front of your eyes you see a promising list of foods. You have heard of these foods before. Oh good! I’ll just get these foods next time I go to the store. Then I’ll burn fat without having to stress. That’s what you think to yourself. So you take a screenshot and make a list: Fatty Fish MCT Oil Coffee Etc