Friday, October 23, 2009

The real reason why you can’t succeed in controlling your weight

Imagine, it’s a cloudy cold Thursday afternoon, your diet has been going great all week and you finally feel like you are on your way to your dream weight - you feel amazing! You started the day with 2 slices of toast with low sugar jam (no butter) and are looking forward to your workout at the gym later in the day…but all of a sudden there’s a problem: your car won’t start, the central heating breaks down, and the washing machine starts to make a funny noise! You start to feel stressed. You become agitated. You then come to the realisation that you aren’t going to make the gym. Your day is ruined!

After 2 hours of making telephone calls, trying to get the car fixed and contacting the central heating company, you feel hungry…you go to the cupboard and there’s no wholemeal bread left. You go to the fridge and there’s no salad left. That’s it! You reach for the biscuit tin and before you know it you have scoffed 6 chocolate biscuits. You think, to hell with it! I knew it was too good to be true…I’ve blown it! I might as well start again on Monday; I might as well eat what I feel like eating until then.

Does this sound familiar? It is a very typical experience of many dieters and is, I believe, the biggest cause of failure when it comes lasting weight control.

The Key

The problem with an ‘I‘ve blown it’ attitude is that it sets up a cycle of failure. The truth is you have only blown it if you never get back on track again. When you start to understand this, success becomes easy! All you have to do is look at the situation above as a minor backslide, because that’s all it really is.

When you are able to do this you automatically eat fewer calories, because you don’t spend another 2 or 3 days binging on junk food, and simply get back on track again. When you think about it, how can we expect to go through life NEVER having a piece of pizza or indulging in a few chocolate biscuits? It just isn’t going to happen, is it? So remember, the next time you go off your diet enjoy the treat and get back on track again, immediately. Better still, forget dieting all together - learn how to change your mindset instead. The problem with diets is that they don’t really work, they just tend to make us crave the food that we think we are not supposed to have. The real answer of course is to change your attitude towards food, and you do this by re-programming your mind…

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To Your Health, Happiness and Success!