Have you ever wondered why a new diet is launched every few months? Nutritionists and Dieticians have been voicing their concerns over fad diets for years. A national survey by the Australian Psychological Society showed that 61 per cent of people trying to change their diet failed to make lasting changes. One in five lapsed back into old habits within a matter of weeks or months. Most of the people making dietary changes relied on willpower and more than half of those surveyed sought no professional help to change their eating patterns.
We need to get away from the glossed over cosmetic approach to weight loss, this quick-fix marketing mentality fails to address the underlying reasons that cause us to gain weight.
Weight management is very simple in theory. If we consume more energy than we expend we will store any excess as fat. To lose weight we need to burn more calories than we eat. Most diets rely on will-power alone, this automatically sets us up for failure because will-power is a short term skill.
How many diets have you started? Most of the over-weight women I know are highly experienced dieters, you name the diet and they’ve done it. All those restrictive diet plans over the years have managed to switch off their hunger cues. A quick tally up of an eating journal will tell you that many women eat when they are not hungry, and starve when they are.
Most of the excess eating that leads to weight-gain happens when we are tired, stressed, happy, sad or deprived. That is why understanding the triggers that lead to non-hungry eating can be the real turning point in achieving permanent weight loss.
UNDERSTAND YOUR HUNGER
There are two types of hunger. True hunger and emotional hunger. True hunger is when your stomach is empty, usually we get a little cramp or our stomach starts to gurgle. If we ignore true hunger we are more likely to binge or eat too much later on. Emotional hunger is a feeling deep inside that food is going to make us feel better. We do a lot of emotional eating when we are tired or depressed. If you have a habit of emotional eating keep a journal and identify your triggers. Once you learn your triggers you can start to outsmart them.
MANAGE YOUR TRIGGERS
There is no such thing as perfect eating. Eating for pleasure is a normal part of life. Just focus on having more good days than bad days. Identify your eating triggers and you’ll unlock the secret to your own success. Slip-ups are guaranteed so just pick yourself up and start over.
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