What to do when counting calories makes you crazy.
March is National Nutrition Month, and while most of us have a vague idea about what it means to be healthy and eat well, we may not know exactly what we should be doing on a day-to-day basis. In this video, YourTango Expert Nicole Burley offers some concrete suggestions for eating well this month.
A new book on willpower asserts that it's a muscle. That is, you can strengthen it with practice, and you can exhaust it with stress and overuse. This makes sense, and years of research back the idea. For those trying to eat differently — to lose weight or simply to choose more wisely — the strength of this muscle can determine whether change occurs or not. As with physical exercise, many of us struggle to start and stick with it. However, even those who can flex the muscle in other situations can find it too weak to budge when it comes to food. So if self-control's a muscle, why can't you exercise it here, too?
Enjoy food and start making permanent changes - No more mindless eating!
We’ve all had those moments where you rush through a meal and not only can’t remember what you ate, but just didn’t enjoy anything you put into your mouth. The pace of our busy lifestyles leave very little wiggle room to shop, create, and savor the meals that we desire and eat.
We only recall about 50% of the food we actually consume. Eat it, write it, lose it.
Jennifer* came into my office and tearfully announced that she has tried every diet, spending a lot of money on special food plans and meal replacements, only to gain it all back, plus some extra after she stopped the programs. She was only 32 years old and did not want to be overweight her entire life. Shopping for clothes was a nightmare but thank goodness for online ordering, where her friends couldn’t see that she needed plus size clothes.
Making permanent changes starts with your eating habits!
If you’ve EVER had a food craving, you know the overwhelming sensation that you experience. It is an intense feeling, and typically very different than “normal hunger.”
According to the Wikipedia definition, there is no single explanation for food craving. Not very encouraging I realize. The explanations can range from low serotonin levels affecting the brain centers for appetite to production of endorphins as a result of consuming fats and carbohydrates.
It's not WHEN you start your diet - but it's all those reasons WHY!
We’ve all been there. At some point - usually over the weekend - you bargain with yourself about all the food temptations that are before you. Before you know it, you’re mentally shrugging your shoulders and convincing yourself that you’ll start behaving on Monday. And you eat your way through the weekend.
Yes, you may need to make some changes...but no, deprivation won't bring a better bod...
Isn’t deprivation a built-in part of losing weight?
Maybe. Yet people report feelings of deprivation as a primary reason for abandoning weight loss efforts. Often these feelings lead to overindulging in sweets, high-fat, and junk foods and in binge eating. To lose weight, to make changes for the better, does require eating less of such things. Is feeling deprived, then, inevitable? I think to make changes that last, that become part of us, the answer has to be “no”.