Weight Loss – An Idiots Guide continued (again)…

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Are you a dog?  No?  Then why are you rewarding yourself with food?  Under no circumstances should you use food as a reward mechanism for yourself.  No matter how hard your day at work or how much the kids, your boss, your partner is giving you a hard time or no matter how much you have achieved in a day you should never kick back with food to pat yourself on the back.  This reinforces the mindset that food is something to comfort yourself or congratulate yourself with, both of which usually lead to taking on too many calories for the day.  Let’s face it, when in this mindset you are not going to ‘reward’ yourself with a bowl of lettuce – more likely – calorie dense treats like candy or cakes.

This is not to say that you cannot let your hair down once in a while; but lets make that the exception rather than the rule.  Your birthday is a good day for that or maybe Christmas day.  Plan it.  Be proactive.  Not reactive.  Otherwise in my most humble opinion, you will be rewarding and comforting yourself over the slightest excuse to do so and food will become your crutch, much like tobacco, alcohol or illegal drugs are for many people.  Food is not a crutch.  It is energy.  To be consumed when you are hungry, in the right quantity, savoured and enjoyed, it is planned and not a spur of the moment event.  If you are serious about losing those pounds you are going to have to alter your state of mind for the better.  This is one of the many keystones that must be employed to succeed.  Avoid watching cookery programs and also avoid the adverts on TV as some of them are going to be about the foods you love but have eaten way too much of – worse still – the ads are going to encourage you to consume the product, the complete opposite of what you are trying to achieve.  These companies; they spend million of dollars on adverts to encourage you to buy their product, remember those adverts will influence you, ‘they’ are aware of how persuasive their commercials are, that’s why they do it.

Prevention is truly better than cure.  Avoid rather than have to remedy.  Stay strong and focus on your goal.  You are not a dog.  You will not reward or console yourself with food.  Food is not a treat.  It is energy.  Eat sensible amounts, and take your time with it.  Never rush.  Tomorrow I’ll be sharing what I believe causes us to follow through with sensible eating and why we don’t always stick to the game plan.

Keep on keeping on.

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Loosing Weight – An Idiots Guide, continued…

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As I understand it, there was a time thousands of years ago, when man was in a constant battle to conserve energy, mainly because calories were scarce and we knew it.  We would struggle to hunt and gather the resources we needed to survive, food was uncommon, and the body became very good at storing any extra energy we could get down us as FAT.  The body knew that we could use the stored fat when we could not find any food and it would keep us alive.  It was a life saving mechanism. We are therefore, genetically predisposed to holding onto fat because of our– ‘there might not be food available today’ – biological nature.  A wonderful safety mechanism.  But, an obsolete one.

But here’s the snag, our environments have changed dramatically and in so doing, so has the food supply.  There are very few places in the western world were there is a serious food shortage.  The antithesis is actually true. There is an abundance of food energy available to us.  Our problem is not obtaining food, but rather choosing which foods to eat.  The sexy burger covered in calorie ridden cheese and mayonnaise, stacked tall with all the extras or the prawn salad with sunflower seeds and a light dressing?  Here we find the modern dichotomy.  One word sums it up.  That word is CHOICE.

I do not believe for a moment that we find ourselves obese by accident.  We are the result of things we put in our mouths day in day out.  We are fat because we have chosen to be.  We have consumed too many calories often by eating too many calorie moderate foods or worse still too many calorie dense foods.  Once to often do we find ourselves in the queue for the easy option, quickly prepared, full of flavour generated by sugar, fat and salt.  This is what’s killing us.  No longing the bear in woods hunting the hunter, but the mindset of our generation that settles for easy, cheap, quick and tasty.

A well known motivation speaker once said, that the difference between where you are and where you want to be is what you do.  And never has a truer word been spoken.

More tomorrow.