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Archive for: September, 2014
Sep
19

To Get Thin, Behave Thin- I Hope this Obesity Expert From Yale Reads This…

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“Kelly David Brownell (born 1951) is an American scientist, professor, and internationally renowned expert on obesity-”

(Wikipedia)

Does that leave you a little perplexed?

Why would I take advice on obesity from someone who is obese?  Is that harsh?

Maybe he will discover some magic pill that will solve obesity.  Great.

But until then,  my dear diet-weary friends, let’s try some good old fashioned common sense.

Reconnect eating with hunger.

If you can do that (and you can) you will free yourself from food obsession.  And food obsession is what leads to the bingeing, especially post diet, that causes rapid weight gain.

Do we need to go over this again?  When you diet, you completely alter your relationship with food.  You eat things you don’t even like, when you are not hungry.  And, then you don’t eat anything when you ARE hungry.

This may sound innocuous, but it isn’t.  Your instinct to survive is primal and when you mess with your caloric intake you are messing with a fundamental part of survival, right?

So don’t take what dieting does to your body lightly.

Instead, re-learn how to eat normally, in response to normal hunger cues.   The result:  A healthy weight and a normal relationship with food.  And this is so important to your health and happiness.

I am still working on a new workbook to help in the day to day transformation from a diet mentality to a thin mentality.  I know you need help to do this.  Until then, keep in touch with my blog and Facebook posts, twitter etc.  I am pulling for you!!

 

 

You don’t need me to tell you this!  Look at your own history.

 

Sep
8

Work with, Not Against, Mother Nature

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One of the most enduring diet myths is that you can “replace” a high calorie item with a low calorie item and “save” calories and your body will not know the difference.

But as the saying goes, “You can’t fool Mother Nature…”

If you eat less in an effort to save calories, you do save them temporarily, but the effect of that lower calorie meal is that you will need more food later.  Doesn’t that make sense to you?

So instead of substituting a non fat, fake-sugar yogurt for the yogurt or food you really like, just eat the food you really crave, when you are hungry.   And as you eat it, truly enjoy it, without guilt or telling yourself you “should” be eating something else.

The diet industry has created that list of “shoulds” for you, and they make TONS of money making you believe their list is more important than the signals you get from your own body.  Do you let some company tell you when to go to the bathroom?  No you rely on your body.

The thin mentality person is different.

She or he knows that eating what your body craves is healthy, smart and slimming.  And your body will surprise you with how many variable and wonderful foods it will crave- including really healthful stuff.  It will be far more satisfying to you, and help you calm down your food and eating/not eating obsession.

And how do you lose weight doing this?

Well once you understand that you can’t fool your body, you will start trusting your  body instead.  And the weight loss comes when you successfully match eating and hunger.  When you eat when you are hungry and stop when hunger is quiet, you will be eating appropriately for YOU.  And if you are doing this and not losing weight, try paying more attention to the “enough” signal.

And remember, you are the only one who can listen to your body.  If you don’t, no one will!  And wouldn’t that be sad?  If your fantastic, smart body went ignored for your whole life?

But the bottom line is this:  (I don’t mind telling you the truth)  We need less food than we think… But when you can eat whenever you are hungry, you will be fine.   Dieting through vicious hunger pangs is what makes you sad and obsessed.

And you will realize that eating past hunger is just a habit.  You can break that habit easily because you will be working with your body, not against it.  (Why do you think you feel so awful and bloated when you overeat?- Good ole Mother Nature is trying to tell you something!!  Even if what you ate was a bowl of veggies- don’t overload your stomach!)

Value your hunger.  Value your voice.  Have a great day.