A New Approach

You’ve tried every diet out there and you’re still struggling with your weight. You’ve tried the packaged food thing. Liquid diet. Pills to boost your metabolism, curb your appetite, block the fat, block the carbs. Cabbage soup diet. Master Cleanse. Counted every calorie. Sometimes you manage to lose some weight, especially in the first two weeks. But at some point, something happens and you fall off the wagon and the weight creeps right back on. What gives? It’s time for a New Approach.

WHAT’S EATING YOU?

This new approach begins by not even discussing food, calories, or exercise. Huh? I told you it’s different. The first step to addressing your weight struggle is to figure out what caused it in the first place. Get out a piece of paper and pen and write down the following questions: Why do you turn to food? What is the feeling you’re trying to supress by eating? What event (if there was one) occurred in your life that was so upsetting that made you find solace in food? Then take the time to answer each question.  I realize that these are heavy issues to address, but it’s the most important thing you can do if you want to finally be free from the battle with food and weight.

When you can be totally honest with yourself and put a name to the feelings you’re running from is when you will finally have that moment of clarity, that “Aha” moment. It will feel like a weight has been lifted off of your shoulders, freeing you so that you can move forward with your life, allowing you to be the healthiest, happiest you.

Confronting the difficult parts of your life can be scary and fear is what prevents most people from even trying in the first place. But, it’s the most important piece to this puzzle. Once you have confronted the issues, you can make a plan – a realistic and achievable plan – that will allow you to deal with these feeling when they arise, in a non-food way. Make sure your plan is specific and detailed and that you are equipped with whatever you need to make sure your plan has a high chance of succeeding. Once you get a chance to practice this new non-food behavior to deal with whatever arises, make sure you praise yourself for a job well done. This will not only make you feel good about yourself but also boost your confidence in knowing that you will be able to handle similar situations in the future. The better you feel about yourself, the less stress you will feel, which will lower the level of fat-promoting stress hormones in your body, making it easier to lose the weight, once and for all.

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One Response to A New Approach

  1. Liz says:

    those are tough questions for sure!! for me it's not a time in my life that I turned to food for solace, but in the past during hard times I denied myself food to the point of having pretty serious eating disorders. I channeled all of my negative energy into denying myself food and working out too much. I've been healthy for many years now, but every time I try to improve my nutrition or commit to eating more clean than I'm in the habit of, I end up doing the opposite. Even though I've been healthy for so long, that little voice that caused me to become obsessive about what I ate and how far I ran is still there and I guess I'm just afraid of taking the first step to change my habits, because I don't want to get obsessed again.

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