Diet Myths Sabotage Your Thin Mentality
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.
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.
You “should” eat what your body is asking for. 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 must 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?
Bottom line: (I don’t mind telling you the truth) We need less food than we think… But when you can eat whatever you crave, whenever you are hungry, you will be fine. It is not eating when you are hungry that is so hard.