Tweak It

When you’re starting a new habit, method, procedure, etc… you may find that you need to tweak it to get better results. You know you better than others know you. While you definitely need to be willing to learn and grow as a person, that doesn’t mean blindly following every single thing you’re taught.

In May I decided to use an Atkins-style diet again for the first time in a long time. I knew I had to do things differently this time as I had gout a little over four years ago. I suspected it could be controlled without drugs, but the jury is still out.

Now I’ve lost 20 pounds in about five weeks, but the other day I started to get that familiar, painful feeling in my foot. At first I thought it was just my flat-footedness kicking in because I was dancing more when using SuperBetter.com. [I highly recommend SuperBetter if you want to reach goals and grow personally. You don’t have to be recovering from an injury to use it. I’m on level 14 and have already created one new customer in my business since starting with the site.]

Instead of doing the high protein-low carb-meat heavy diet straight up, I decided to see if I could switch into a less meaty version over time and get good results. What did I do differently this time?

First, I am drinking almost zero Coke Zero. (I have messed up once or twice.) No matter what your opinion is about the ingredients there is one thing you can’t deny. This beverage helps push water out of your body. That’s not good. You need to drink plenty of water anyway and this doesn’t help. So I won’t bother talking about the ingredients today. Whether you like it or not, you need to drink at least half your weight in ounces of water each day. If I weigh 280 pounds, I need to drink at least 140 ounces of water a day. Drinking Coke Zero means I need to drink more water to make up for it. By the way, that goes for coffee, too. If you must drink coffee, you need to drink even more water to make up for it.

Second, I’m using SuperBetter.com. I know I’m drinking more water, eating a little less and doing other things I want and need to do because of Jane McGonigal’s site. SuperBetter is the gamification of personal growth and injury recovery. That’s the most concise way I can describe it. I’ve been a fan of Jane McGonigal’s for years on TED.com and was surprised to find out she had created SuperBetter after she got injured. Over a year ago I was talking about creating something like this someday and a couple months ago I found out that she’s done it! Watch her video and find out more. Watch Jane Talk About The SuperBetter Game!

Third, I’ve added plain coconut milk from Trader Joe’s to my diet. An entire half gallon contains only 8 carbs. I’ve found that it helps me curb my appetite as well. Is it yummy? No. I tell people that it tastes like creamy, very incredibly low fat milk IF it were created by a computer like on Star Trek. Not much taste. Yet it works. If you want to lose weight, it’s a great helper. I actually prefer it to 1% milk.

Fourth, I’ve exercised some. Not a lot. About once a week so far (not counting a few little bouts of dancing in SuperBetter), but I’ll do better in the future. I prefer swimming and I’ve done 176 lengths total of the pool at L.A. Fitness. My wife and I have already talked about going back today after my phone meeting.

Fifth, but maybe most important, I have been using incredibly well manufactured vitamins and minerals. Most people don’t realize that IF they are taking supplements they are probably using something that is not effective, hardly effective or even harmful. That’s why a recent study concluded that taking vitamins is not helpful. This is true if you are taking the wrong ones! Talk to me about getting these truly good for you AND EFFECTIVE supplements.

Sixth, I have also been using a special snack bar before I workout that helps you burn fat faster AND a protein shake after the workout to add muscle. These products really work when you use them properly and they taste good! Again, talk to me and we will set up a time to speak on the phone or in person. Use the “Start Creating Your Dream Now!” form on the right. (While you’re at it, tell me about your dream!)

Finally, I am tweaking what I’m doing because of the mild recurrence of gout. I transitioned off the Atkins-style regimen to semi-vegetarian over the last two days and I can see the symptoms of gout becoming milder. If I don’t lose weight as quickly that’s a fair trade-off for not having a full-blown outbreak of gout. If that did happen I’m pretty sure I’d have to go for the drugs the doctors want to give virtually everyone who has gout.

If things go as planned I can go back to a more Atkins-style diet in a couple weeks.

By the way, I make these tweaks because I have some experience in these areas. I am not a doctor and you will want to consult one or more doctors before you change your diet and exercise regimen.

That being said, you know you better than someone else knows you.

When you tweak something you’re taught, keep you in mind!

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