‘The ‘Other Stuff’ You Can Do to Lose Weight’ is a series devoted to the non-food things that could be preventing you from losing weight successfully. The issues will be unpacked and strategies suggested for dealing with them

‘STUFF to do’: Sort out your ‘wants’ vs. ‘needs’

We live in a society driven by excess. We are told that more is better. More money, more space, more toys, more friends, more social media ‘likes’, more clothing, more alcohol, more FOOD. More is something we strive for NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE HAVE TO BEGIN WITH, and NO MATTER HOW MUCH WE ACTUALLY NEED.

While this is generally disturbing social issue (with the imbalance of uber rich and poor), when it comes to weight loss it’s a diet disaster.


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Well, because we only NEED a certain amount of calories to survive. But a lot of the time we eat way more because it’s nice!

Now what if I told you that you actually NEED a lot less than you think you do, and when you think you’re eating ‘a little’ extra you’re probably actually eating more than double what you should be?

Pretty scary when you think about it.

You see, your idea of what you NEED has been driven by the people selling you food

And they need you to ‘need’ lots of food, because they profit out of it.

The bottom line is that you really don’t need a lot of food to maintain your current body weight, and the majority of what you NEED is found in vegetables and fruits. The other stuff is largely unnecessary.

Our diets should include mostly vegetables and fruit, some starch, some protein, some nuts and seeds, a little fat, and even less sugar. That’s what you NEED.

Anything else can go on the ‘wants’ list. Treat yourself to something from that list every now-and-then, because it’s nice, but don’t call it a NEED or you’ll be eating Bar Ones for breakfast, lunch, and supper.

Click on the links below to find out about the other ‘stuff’ you can do to lose weight:

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