Okay, it’s kinda about those two. But in this post I want to discuss what I see as the bigger piece to eating for fat loss, your head.
No, I’m not a psychologist and I’m not going blame any recurring lack of results on past emotional trauma. I’m also not going to tell you that it’s about imagining yourself thin. What I want to address is the most common mental roadblock to people achieving the success they desire.
If you read this blog often enough you know the importance of high quality foods in your regular rotation. You also know that we are all unique and different and testing these foods based on your body and physiology to find what works best for you is going to give you the most lasting results. So why isn’t the weight peeling off?
A lack of awareness.
Being over-fat or overweight is simply becoming unaware of your body’s sensations and losing track of how to respond appropriately. We have become unconsciously competent (unaware) at putting weight on or keeping it off by the habits we have fallen in to.
Neuroscientists sometimes say that we have one brain, but two minds: a mind that makes conscious choices, based on self-reflection and awareness, and a mind that makes automatic responses based on instinct and habit.
Our habits tend to choose us when we should be selectively choosing our habits. All we need to do is reprogram these responses or instincts so that we can experience the success we are after.
It’s easy, becoming aware is simply asking better questions and responding appropriately. Without this crucial first step of awareness it’s hard to really get a grasp on any behavior rendering them more likely to stick around.
Here are some of the questions that have brought better feedback for me and my clients in the past and have successfully led to huge changes. Asking better questions will give better answers
Am I eating because I am hungry? If not, why am I eating?
What is my body asking for? wait for response
Does that food sound good? wait for response
How might I feel once eaten? wait for feeling
As you eat enjoy each bite ask Do I need more?
It may seem strange or silly being that most of us aren’t used to checking in with ourselves. I would recommend printing questions like these out and put them somewhere you often eat, in your purse or wallet or on your phone. Do this for one month and I promise huge changes will occur. After a months time the new habits you create, including what I call the “body check in”, will be unconscious. You’ve now created the habits that will lead you to long term success!
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