This post is brought to you by our sponsor, “Always Eat After 7 PM”. The opinions expressed below are my own.
When it comes to dieting many of us find that the number one hindrance to our success is the lack of time to prepare the proper meals and snacks for our dietary needs. It is often much more convenient to throw one thing in the crock pot for the family or resort to the fast food last resort rather than preparing the healthy and nutritious meal that we should be eating.
When it comes to achieving lasting weight loss, discipline is without a doubt a key requisite of success.
However, should it come at the cost of everything else?
Should you force discipline upon every aspect of your life?
Should discipline trump pleasure, and spontaneity?
Definitely not, as if you’ve been rigidly following a plan for diet and weight loss, you will come to resent it very fast if it leaves no room for mistakes, or random events. So, instead of focusing strictly on having discipline for your weight loss goals, try these attainable, yet realistic tips to further your progress:
Key Thought Changes for Lasting Weight Loss
It’s very simple. Most people who lose weight gain the weight back, sometimes more. Whether you, your doctor, or society like it or not your body has a set point. This is the weight your body thinks is right for you. We have evolution to thank for that neat trick.
Your body’s set point is based off several factors, but one of those factors is your food habits. It doesn’t matter if you lose weight through surgery, dieting, exercise, or any combination thereof. Lasting weight loss is dependent upon fundamental habit changes.
Change is difficult for us as a species. We like familiarity and comfort. So, we fall into habits. This only becomes a problem when we try to do something like make a new year’s resolution to change an ingrained habit, or when we lose weight.
Another thing to consider is that sheer willpower will only go so far. So, motivation fueled by willpower rather than sustainable habit changes tends to burn out. In order to keep off the pounds you’ve lost, old dysfunctional habits have to replaced with new healthier habits instead.
Some of these habits include:
• Acknowledging that there is a difference between being satiated and stuffed.
• Identifying real hunger vs. hunger initiated by food feelings or mental desires
• Being able to overcome cravings that food feelings and moods cause.
• Practicing mindful eating and portion control
• Coping with food feelings like stress and negative emotions in a healthy way
To satiate is to fully satisfy. It is not to gorge or stuff. There is a huge difference here.
Many of us were taught, as kids, to clean our plates. It didn’t matter if an adult put too much on the plate to begin with. We were expected to clean the plate. It’s an acceptable choice, but this taught many of us that full meant overfull, or that we have an obligation to eat.
Understand that this is not true. It’s simply an unintended consequence. You are under no obligation to clean your plate. This includes when you go to a restaurant or a family dinner. Eat until you are satisfied. Not until you are full.
Often, if you eat until you are full you will feel over full, and uncomfortable later. Remember that it takes time for all of your food to get to your stomach, and some foods expand in the stomach.
What else will help me?
- Finding a Diet that I can stick with
- Setting personal and realistic goals
- How Does Mindset Impact Your Weight Loss?
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