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How to Hack your Diet. There is no shame in shortcuts, hack away! I’m proof, this one works.

In the military, people need to make weight to stay in. If we don’t make weight, we get measured for body fat. Many Soldiers go through great strides to make weight; it means their job.

We see everything from water pills to laxatives, significant calorie restriction, saran wrapping your body while sleeping, any diet pill that you won’t pop hot on, and more.

Of course, as you would expect, after the weigh-in, Soldiers usually return to their old habits of eating. Not taking physical life change seriously, they put the weight back on, only to have to lose it again for the next weigh-in creating that frustrating cycle that we are all very familiar with called yo-yo dieting.

This is not new to any of us, is it? In the military, the cycle is exacerbated because it’s key to keeping our jobs, but we see the same vicious yo-yo dieting cycle everywhere.

So, what is the key to making a permanent diet change?

Is it fixing your emotions, cutting out sugar, checking your blood type, Eating for the seasons, Or is it pure discipline and suffering from that food you so long to eat?

Okay, I hate the word hack as much as anyone. It’s become so cliche, but in this case, it really fits. I believe body hacking is the answer, because I do it, and it works!

People say there aren’t any shortcuts, or ‘body hacks’ to help with fitness or health. Many people seem to take that stance with pride because they have worked so hard to meet their goals. If there was a shortcut, they would have known it, or maybe the short cut devalues what they’ve done to achieve their weight loss goals.

It’s easy to forget that there are different styles of people in this world — you and I are different. Not every idea, thought, practice, diet, skill, passion, or way of doing things we read will apply to us. You have a unique signature and style of achieving in life.

I don’t mean to state the obvious and insult anyone’s intelligence, I’m just installing a reminder to say that some prefer the method of disciplining themselves over a short cut. That doesn’t mean that we are bad people for wanting shortcuts. When it comes to controlling food, I need them for a lot of reasons.

There’s no shame in shortcuts!

I’m not saying discipline is not important. Like you, I have had to learn and apply discipline in many areas of my life, but eating isn’t one of them that has worked. Some of us cannot overcome food addiction and need something more than sheer willpower and discipline to overcome it. History has proven that.

If you are one of the types of people that needs a little something more than willpower to control your eating, today is your day. Get ready for your life to change!

I have an excellent, healthy answer for you that you can buy at the grocery store. No joke. Let’s just have fun and call it a certified body hack : ) The body hack of all body hacks. This one will take your eating to a new level! One where you can walk away from the table and choose LIFE OVER FOOD!

Oh, is this starting to sound like a sales letter? I PROMISE I’m not writing this to introduce you to some costly plan that’s going to put money in my pocket.

I simply want to set people free because I have been set free of my food addictions.

So, what’s the elephant in the room when it comes to weight loss and being fit, and why is no one talking about it? Everyone has new diet plans. From fasting to keto and everything in between. And of course, there’s calorie counting, which we are told is the only thing that really works at the end of the day. Energy-in energy-out, right?

None of those eating plans will stop some of us from being tempted by the smell of donuts or ice cream or that cake at birthday time and then giving in to the temptation! So, you say you aren’t a sweet person, and that’s not your problem. You like bread and garlic knots, pizza, and anything with salt. Hot, freshly baked bread at the table, is it? (Don’t worry — I won’t tell you that you have to do keto here. That is not where I’m going).

Believe me when I say I have tried a whole lot of things. I am 5' 2" tall and in my 30’s I weighed 152 pounds. My body fat was 45 percent or 49. It’s too painful; I try not to remember it. And I’m not posting those pictures. I’m not proud of them, and I didn’t save most of them.

This is all pre-military, which I got in when I was 38 years old and didn’t go to boot camp until I was 40. That’s another story altogether, but getting fit and healthy was a huge priority for me. Pre-military I had tried Weight Watchers, 3 back-to-back Body for Life challenges, successfully journaling my food intake and exercise (which is what most people say you aren’t doing and you really don’t realize).

I tried everything I could get my hands on. It was clear, the regular things weren’t working for me. My husband at that time, was studying to be a Nutritional Doctor, so he was giving me natural supplements to try. Some of them were amino acids. We researched theories about working out and weight loss. This was well before the days the life hack boys of Silicon Valley were experimenting and publishing findings in eBooks and doing Ted Talks.

Some things did start to edge the scale slowly down. I am doing some of those things still. But it wasn’t until he’d come home and mentioned this one thing he saw at the bookstore that my relationship to food started to change. He didn’t even buy the book for me, but just told me about it saying it sounded so crazy, but maybe it was worth a try. He left it up to me to check it out and I did.

Enter the amazing body hack that changed my entire relationship to food forever.

The elephant in the room that no one is talking about is the food addiction some of us struggle with. I struggled with it my entire life and had my bout with bulimia and anorexia. With this technique, I was finally free of food obsession and trying to control it. I’m living proof this works because I’ve been doing this for over 10 years now.

With the excitement of a new Christian telling people about Jesus, I have tried to share this technique. I have shared about it at length with people, I would spend time explaining it to them, the reason why it works, what it is, and how to do it. But, they wouldn’t even try it . People are super quick to say, “There are no shortcuts.”

Look, I’m not trying to spread a gospel here, or form a following, or even say this is for everyone. It’s not. But I know something that can set people free of suffering from food obsession and that is worth screaming on the mountain tops. If you’ve ever had a brain that can’t stop thinking about those donuts in the kitchen all day, you understand.

Many people are overweight because they are suffering. I know, I was one of them. I was suffering from the inability to control what goes in my mouth, and if I did, I thought about it so often that my evenings ended in binge eating and guilt and yes — sometimes throwing it all up.

I want to help other people get a hold of their diets, give the world a technique that will truly change lives, so people don’t have to suffer anymore. But some people really would rather suffer. Why? Perhaps it’s because we’ve been told, especially when it comes to food, that there is no magic pill. And how many times have we been sold fake magic pills? That doesn’t help. It’s like the boy who cried wolf, but this time the magic pill is real. Scared of getting sucked in, we don’t pick it up and take it.

So now, instead of an exhausting conversation with friends about this technique, I write articles like this one. I actually wrote a short book explaining this process, putting it out there for the world to find. If anyone ever asks me for help, I will have something to give them.

Since finding this technique and doing it faithfully, I have always made weight in my military career. This works, and I am living proof.

Please, drop me a line and let me know if you try this and how it works for you.

anne@bringbackthefire.com

You will find out what it is and how to do it in this free download here. It cost you nothing but your email address, trust me?

It has the potential to change your life.

Until next time, stay HOT!

Love, Anne

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