If you’re reading this, it probably means you are concerned with your weight or physical condition. It is no secret that obesity is a major problem with nearly one-third of the population suffering with this condition. But why is it so hard to lose the weight? What are the problems that prevent us from having […]
If you’re reading this, it probably means you are concerned with your weight or physical condition. It is no secret that obesity is a major problem with nearly one-third of the population suffering with this condition.
But why is it so hard to lose the weight? What are the problems that prevent us from having the bodies we want? Well there are a number of issues at play here. But for this article I’m going to focus on what many believe is the number 1 problem.
You ready? Emotions. That’s right. Emotions!
According to a recent survey, when it comes to weight loss, dieting and gaining weight, emotions play a central role and may be the number one obstacle to weight loss.
You know the drill. Think about it – you eat the cookie. You feel bad about it, so you figure what the heck – to feel better you eat the whole box.
Weight Loss – Getting Help
Here’s a few strategies you can use to get out of this vicious cycle.
Know how much food your body needs
Eventually you’ll be able to just “listen” to your body and it will tell you – however if you haven’t acquire that skill yet… use this weight loss calculator to get a good starting point.
Don’t Deprive Yourself
If you like cookies – eat cookies. The trick is to eat “anything” you like just don’t eat “everything” you like. For example take one cookie out of the bag and bury the rest in the back of the pantry. Or if you know you’re going out to your favorite restaurant on the weekend eat lighter the day before and maybe the day after.
Eat Smaller Portions
How many times have we been told by our parents to “clean your plate”. Well use a smaller plate. Psychologically it works wonders. Or if you’re at that fancy restaurant with the huge portions – why not have them bring you a box at the start of your meal – box half the food and eat the rest.
Find pictures of bodies that resemble the body you’d like to have (be realistic) and put them up all over your house – why not put one right on the refrigerator! What we “see” we think about and what we think about we act on.
These are just a few of the strategies you can use to overcome the emotional obstacles that may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts.
Do you have some strategies you’d like to share? Please leave a comment and let me know.