“I’ve tried every diet, have followed it to the letter and I still can’t lose weight!”
Have you said this to yourself countless times? I know I have because I found that no matter what weight loss diet I followed, I never stuck to it and, if I did, I gained the weight back plus more. UGH…so frustrating! What was wrong with me? After 30 years of yo-yo dieting, I realized that the problem didn’t lie with me or my willpower but with the actual concept of a weight loss diet.
Weight loss diets cause you to deprive yourself of the very nutrition you need to keep your metabolism working at optimal levels. They cause you to feel guilty for eating when you need food to survive. They also strip the built in pleasure you get from eating so you would continue to do it.
Throwing a weight loss diet out the window is empowering because it allows you to return to your true eating self but it isn’t a license to binge on unhealthy junk food. I know you’re saying, “That’s great, Michelle, but HOW do I actually do this?” It’s easier than you think but it’s not without some challenges so here are 3 things you can practice to get started.
1. Slow down your eating! The only way you can hear your body tell you it’s full is if you are fully present during a meal and are eating slowly. Once you feel full, try to leave whatever is on your plate. It’s also a way to re-introduce pleasure into the eating experience.
2. Eat higher quality food! Have you heard the buzz word “buy local”? I highly recommend it because it is a simple and easy way to increase the quality of your food. You know it’s fresh because it hasn’t traveled far, you know it’s in season and it’s a great way to discover new, delicious food. Don’t know how to prepare it? Ask the folks who are selling it, they’ll know what to do with it!
3. Deprive yourself of deprivation! We want anything that is off-limits and food is no exception. Once we deprive ourselves of a certain food we want it and we want a lot of it! Why not allow yourself to have that chocolate chip cookie (or whatever!), eat it slowly and grab it from a bakery or make it yourself instead of getting it pre-packaged? You’ll be surprised how this will make the “off-limits” treat much less interesting.
There are a lot of other things you can do to successfully toss the weight loss diet which I will share during my conference call on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 entitled “Why Can’t I Lose Weight?”
During the call, I’ll share some interesting facts about weight loss diets and share strategies to get back to your true eating self. Enter your email address to the right to get the call-in details. I hope to speak to you then!
Now for the business part of the post…
Up until July, I had been writing my blog daily but I will now begin to post weekly instead. You’ll receive a new blog post on Monday mornings…to start the week off right! There are a lot of reasons for this but making this change will allow me to focus on my expanding Eating Psychology Coaching practice and creating programs and services to help you all attain a KIND relationship with food. Please be sure to enter your email (to the right) to be in the loop about my new services, free events, blog posts and special offers. I look forward to being in touch with you often!
Enjoy, Live & Love,