As a woman with more curves than I need, I am not really qualified to discuss weight loss or healthy eating etc. but it saddens me when I see comments on twitter or facebook or hear about people ‘failing’ at a diet or craving certain foods. It would probably be rude for me to reply so I thought this would be a (little) bit more subtle!
I believe that one of the problems with diets is that they concentrate on negatives: Weight LOSS, DON’T eat this food, you CAN’T have that, or I MUSTNT each that cake that I’m craving right now.
Unfortunately the brain doesn’t recognise the negative concept! For example if someone says “Don’t think of an elephant” well I can already see the pictures in your head! Whatever you focus on, that is what the brain will process and direct your energy to. NO chocolate NO Pringles …. well now I’m thinking of chocolate and Pringles!
It’s the same with ‘LOSING weight’ or ‘GIVING UP bread’. The brain doesn’t want to LOSE anything.
There’s also the ‘failing’ aspect. If a diet says don’t, and you do, some people think they have failed. Not true. (I suppose I should really say ‘incorrect’) . Not achieving is not the same as failing! There is big difference between not quite hitting a target and shooting your arrow in the opposite direction!
So what’s the answer? Well as I said, I’m not really qualified to give answers but I do have some suggestions. Instead of saying ‘don’t eat a particular food’ concentrate on what you are going to eat. If you plan what you do what to have on your menu, and on which days, the mind doesn’t have the same opportunities to think about what’s not there!
Cravings are often habits rather than a physical need. I like to sit in front of the TV with a bag of Doritos. It can easily become a habit on a Saturday night! The next time I do it, I don’t feel so bad, but actually that’s worse! When I want to kick this habit, my brain thinks … ‘mm somethings missing’ and it’s back to the spicy salsa! As soon as you start to think. Oh I could just eat xxx, guess what, you feel like you really need it. When you try to tell yourself NO, well guess what? It doesn’t compute!
So for dinner tomorrow I WILL be having succulent roast chicken in a smooth lemon pepper sauce, fresh tomatoes and green veg, followed by a light and whipped yogurt filled with strawberries!
PS.. Please don’t shout at me if you find me eating a muffin at Starbucks lol! I choose to! (yes I will keep telling myself that!)