We live in a world where instant gratification is the norm. Buy the latest gear and you will look cool. Fashion changes yearly so you must buy the latest designs or everyone will know you bought that outfit last season, or worse, last year!
Weight loss can be the same.
Why wait to eat what you want, eat everything now!
I want to lose weight, I will take a pill and magically wake up thin.
We know that that is not true but some people convince themselves that there is a quick way to lose weight and if they just find it they will get off the weight loss rollercoaster and become thin forever.
In reality they are trapped in the yo-yo diet, losing weight they ballooning back up.
I was one of the few that didn’t even get to do that, I became large and stayed that way, the smallest I could get was a size 20. I know many people who could get down to a 14 or 12. They live on those moments.
But why can they not maintain?
They return to their normal habits and eat what they want to feel great, because instant gratification is ok when you are a normal size, right?
At any size we need to look at how we think about food. Why do we have bad habits.
We all have bad habits
I have some bad habits but by looking at the why I started to change how I look at food.
Food is no longer just something to enjoy but much more. I can enjoy food but need to remember that it is fuel for my body. If I eat foods that do not give me the energy to do all the activity I need or want to do each day then I cannot get everything I want done. I feel exhausted by the end of the day.
If I eat foods that give my body energy, not instant energy but consistent, long term energy then I can do more activity. I feel great in the evening instead of ready to climb into bed and go to sleep when I get in the door.
It all starts with our thoughts. Changing how we think of food changes food habits.
It is not always easy but it is worth it.
Imagine, not struggling to be your body’s ideal weight.