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    Question Will Power . . . ?

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    Yesterday a friend of mine was talking to me about her diet. She goes to the YMCA 4 days a week and works out for about and hour and half. She hasn't changed her diet at all. Soda, chips, cookies, pizzas... blah blah blah. I've talked to her about paleo and stuff and she seems supportive. She is complaining because she's been working out for a month and nothing has changed on the scale. I suggested at least trying a low carb diet to see how it works.

    Her responce: "Oh, I wish I could but I just love carbs way too much. I could never give up bread or pasta. You've clearly lost weight doing the low carb thing but that's because you have the amazing will power to stay away from bread."

    Will power...?

    I honestly don't think I have much will power at all. But it's my health, first of all, and secondly, when the change is having less bread and having more bacon and meat... HELLO!

    No will power needed!
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    Diet is 80% of weight loss; exercise is 20%.

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    I told her it's all about what you put in your body. I've lost 40 lbs on PB and I've only starting doing some weight lifting last week!
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    Carbs are physiologically addictive. Read up on them; you'll shudder. Grains contain opiods, which act the same way heroin does. So yes, it takes will power to get through the low-carb flu, while you're kicking the habit. Your friend is right about that. The fact that we can have all this yummy paleo food doesn't change that it's hard to get through the LC flu.

    The other thing is, many people today are not eating because they're hungry. They're either eating because they're craving (due to carb addiction) or because of some reason that has nothing to do with hunger at all, like emotional stress (ever hear of "comfort food"?) or boredom. Not doing that anymore also requires willpower. I've caught myself eating (paleo/primal, but still eating) when I'm really not hungry anymore, because I used to eat when bored. I try not to do that anymore but remembering to listen to my body is hard when I've been ignoring it since I was ten years old.
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    Yeah I totally lack in the willpower department but giving up bread wasn't so hard when I get to have grilled steak PLUS the fat...and bacon. Mmmm bacon. Getting through the carb-flu sucks but it's worth it. I'm reeling from carb-flu atm. Foggy head, no energy, etc. But getting over it is a small victory.

    Griff - I used to, and still sometimes do the boredom-eating thing too. Done it ever since I was a kid. For me, it's the need to chew on something. So I buy these cinnamon flavored toothpicks and I chew on those, it's really helped!

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    I'll keep a glass of tea nearby and take a drink whenever I get the urge to comfort eat or boredom eat. If I need the physical act of eating, I'll chew sugar free gum ( know, I know, fake sugars, but it's better than real sugars, in this regard) or grab some REALLY tough beef jerlky that takes a LOT of chewing for a small piece to break down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thehallowprince View Post
    Yesterday a friend of mine was talking to me about her diet. She goes to the YMCA 4 days a week and works out for about and hour and half. She hasn't changed her diet at all. Soda, chips, cookies, pizzas... blah blah blah. I've talked to her about paleo and stuff and she seems supportive. She is complaining because she's been working out for a month and nothing has changed on the scale. I suggested at least trying a low carb diet to see how it works.

    Her responce: "Oh, I wish I could but I just love carbs way too much. I could never give up bread or pasta. You've clearly lost weight doing the low carb thing but that's because you have the amazing will power to stay away from bread."

    No will power needed!
    Wow...I had flashbacks of when I was a gym rat. Suki is absolutely correct, diet is 80% of weight loss. Exercise (20%) just helps you sculpt your body the way you want. I can't tell you how many people would come up to me in the gym and wanted to know what my exercise routine was because they "wanted to look just like me." I would sometimes laugh and tell them that they should really be looking at my food log because that is where I made my progress...not in my exercise. Exercise is important as well, but without the diet, the muscles, especially the abs will be covered if you don't strip the fat.

    A year later, those people still looked the same, even if they spent 2 hours in the gym 6 days a week. They would approach me again..."desperate" to know my secrets...and I would bring them my food log. They couldn't believe that by cutting down the bread and starches I could achieve what I achieved with 30-45 minute weight workouts 3 times a week and biking 2 or 3 days a week for 20 minutes each time. I had less than 4 hours a week invested in working out. I even built in a cheat day for things like pizza or bread...but they didn't think they could be disciplined enough to limit it to 1 day a week.

    People look for a magic bullet and their is no magic bullet. It takes focus on good diet choices and a little hard work...not hours of hard work...jut focused hard work.

    I think your friend would be shocked if the only thing she did was cut out the chips, cookies, pizza, etc. (mostly bread) except for one cheat day a week. Perhaps you can challenge her to just do that for 30 days and see if she notices a difference.

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    I do think carbs are addictive for many, many people. Just like smoking or drinking (alcohol) is for others. When I hear people say "I could NEVER give up X food" I think: I didn't just keep on smoking forever because it was hard to quit. I quit smoking because cigarettes are BAD for my body! I finally realized my desire to live and be as healthy as possible was greater than my desire to smoke. Will Power...meh. More like, choices. We all have to make 'em.
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    Someone I know said 'I couldn't go low carb, I like pasta too much'. I was SO tempted to say 'so you would prefer to be fat then', but of course I didn't. She is very overweight.

    I think the problem is that people just imagine their current diet, less all the stuff they like, whereas as we here know, the REAL food we eat is so much better. A good diet is as much about adding in the right food as taking out the bad stuff.

    I work with addicts and to be honest, they won't quit until they are desperate enough. They will try every other option before they even consider giving up their crutch. I believe alcohol addiction is harder because it is legal. Addiction to carbs is also hard because the experts in nutrition support them in their addictive behaviour. If you are told that pasta is good for you why would you give it up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehallowprince View Post
    Yesterday a friend of mine was talking to me about her diet. She goes to the YMCA 4 days a week and works out for about and hour and half. She hasn't changed her diet at all. Soda, chips, cookies, pizzas... blah blah blah. I've talked to her about paleo and stuff and she seems supportive. She is complaining because she's been working out for a month and nothing has changed on the scale. I suggested at least trying a low carb diet to see how it works.

    Her responce: "Oh, I wish I could but I just love carbs way too much. I could never give up bread or pasta. You've clearly lost weight doing the low carb thing but that's because you have the amazing will power to stay away from bread."

    Will power...?

    I honestly don't think I have much will power at all. But it's my health, first of all, and secondly, when the change is having less bread and having more bacon and meat... HELLO!

    No will power needed!
    Yeah that always amazes me.. "I could never".. well then.. good luck losing weight! The fact is.. they are "choosing" not to drop the carbs.. it is a choice.. pure and simple..

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