11 Reasons Why You Aren't Getting The Results You Desire: The Feel Great System
Some people seem to have no problem using The Feel Great System to achieve their health goals. Then there's others of us, on the other hand, who find that getting results is nearly impossible.
At the end of the day, if you find yourself stuck and feeling like maybe The Feel Great System maybe not for you, it often boils down to at least one of these 11 reasons.
Reasons Why You Aren't Getting The Results You Desire
- Skipping Unimate in the morning and Eating Breakfast
- Eating the wrong meal as your first meal of the day
- Not getting enough protein
- Snacking between meals and not following the 4-4-12 Principle
- Not being consistent with the Balance
- Sitting to much, not enough physical activity
- Not drinking enough water
- Not getting enough sleep
- Eating to many refined carbs
- Eating to much fast food
Skipping Unimate in the morning and Eating Breakfast
Or taking Unimate and then eating breakfast. Because your metabolism slows during sleep, drinking the Unimate yerba mate drink first thing fires up your metabolism. According to studies conducted on Unimate, “Unimate helps your body increase ketone levels for improved fueling. Ketones are a “clean-burning” fuel—they produce less oxidative stress than glucose—that support your body’s mental and metabolic functions.”
Eating the wrong meal as your first meal of the day
OK, so you took your Unimate in the morning and held off on eating until your hungry. Now it might be lunch time and you are now ready to eat. If you go for highly processed fast foods, sugary foods you’re setting yourself up. Instead, choose something that will fill you, like a protein shake. My favorite is Unicity Complete.
Not getting enough protein
Protein feeds your muscles, promotes satiety, and is an important component to sustain a healthy weight. Eat too little, and you may have trouble building or maintaining muscle mass — and we know muscle’s importance to metabolism. Also, protein requires more energy to break down than carbs or fat, so you’ll burn more calories during digestion. I recommend using the Unicity Complete as your first meal of the day. It makes for an excellent meal replacement. Click here to learn more.
Snacking between meals and not following the 4-4-12 Principle
We recommend following the 4-4-12 (4-4-16 is ideal) principle. 4 hours between meals and 12 hours from your last meal to the first the next day. So for example, wake up in the morning and drink your Unimate. Wait until you are hungry (this will extend your fasting period... as your last meal was dinner the evening before). When hungry (maybe closer to lunch time) drink your Balance and eat your meal. Wait a min of 4 hours for your next meal... or longer depending on your schedule, time of day or hunger. Then wait until morning again to drink your Unimate.
Following this consistently will keep your blood sugars in check, insulin down and allow the body's metabolism to fire correctly... all the good things begin to happen. For enhanced results, you could substitute that lunch meal with a protein shake. When people typically think of shakes (or smoothies) they immediately go towards high glycemic foods like berries and fruit. Click here to learn more about protein shakes.
Not being consistent with the Balance
I get asked often, "Doug, I keep forgetting to take the Balance before I eat. Is it ok to take it during my meal or right after I eat when I remember?"
First off, nothing beats getting results with Balance than consistency! But if you forget and are about to eat, take it anyway. Balance, for best results take it 10 to 15 mins before you eat. Better to take it than not take it. If you watch this video below it explains how the Balance works to lessen the glucose spike and insulin response. Basically, if you don't wait then the 10-15 mins Balance did not have enough time to do what it needs to do in your stomach (pre-meal).
If you have questions about the Balance, click here for an extensive FAQ list.
Sitting too much, not enough physical activity
Going from your office chair to your car to your couch can lead to a very sedentary routine. And sitting for extended periods puts your body into energy-conservation mode, which means your metabolism can suffer. According to the UK’s National Health Service, “Sitting for long periods is thought to slow metabolism, which affects the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure and break down body fat.” You don't have to go crazy with exercise, just get out for a walk and enjoy the fresh air.
Not drinking enough water
In a study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers found drinking 500 milliliters of water (about 2 cups) increases metabolic rate by 30%, and that spike lasts for more than an hour. So, drink water throughout the day to stay hydrated, and you’ll get the added benefit of a boosted metabolism.
When stress levels increase, your body produces a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol leads to increased appetite, cravings for comfort foods, decreased desire to exercise and reduced sleep quality — all things that negatively impact metabolism. So, while you can’t always control your stress levels, managing stress can go a long way toward protecting your body’s internal fire.
Not getting enough sleep
One bad night’s sleep is enough to leave you feeling sluggish, impair your cognitive processing, and make you more likely to overeat. String together several nights in a row — or a lifetime of inadequate sleep — and science shows decreased metabolism and hormonal imbalances may follow.
Eating to many refined carbs
If you eat sources of refined carbs like white bread or pastries regularly, it could be slowing down your metabolism. Research shows those who consumed the most refined carbs burned fewer calories and had higher rates of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin than those who adopted lower-carb diets that focused on complex carb sources.
Refined carbohydrates from the diet turn into blood sugar very quickly; blood sugar is used for energy by the body but if it is not used for energy, the body turns it into fat stores. Carbohydrates are important for energy, but skip refined carbs in favor of fiber-rich, unprocessed carbohydrates such as sweet potatoes and other starchy vegetables and whole-grain bread or pasta. To learn more about click here.
Eating to much fast food
You already know ordering a burger and fries at the drive-thru adds a lot of extra calories, but it could also cause your metabolism to slow to a crawl and it offers no nutritional value for your body.
Fast foods can slow down metabolism, while stress compounds the problem. In one study, women who experienced at least one stressor over the past 24 hours burned 104 fewer calories after eating a meal containing 930 calories and 60 grams of fat than those who were not stressed. The difference could add up to an 11-pound weight gain in one year.
If you haven’t noticed, these 11 reasons are mostly self-created opportunities for improvement. We can easily dismiss them and blame the products for our results (or lack of results). But just as we created them in our daily choices, we can also begin to make some changes now that we have awareness.
Our body can be a junkyard or a temple, and you alone have the ability to choose what that will be for you. ;-)
Your health goals are in your hands, and you can achieve them as long as you strive for continuous improvement. Start by addressing one area that is blocking you from your success, and as you do, you’ll find that The Feel Great System results happens naturally.