When people are trying to lose weight, they usually want it to happen quickly. The promise of a “quick-fix,” “lose x amount of pounds in x amount of days,” or “lose weight fast.” How many gimmicks do you see out there making false promises of fast weight loss, or having the body of your dreams in x amount of days, BUT ONLY if you stick to their highly-restrictive diet?
What the diet industry doesn’t tell you, is that it will be impossible to stay on that diet long-term, and you WILL gain the weight back. Over 95% of people gain weight back that they lost on a restrictive diet within 1-3 years.
One thing I know for sure: Dieting is NOT sustainable. #truthbomb
And I’m pretty sure you know it too. And yet so many people are stuck in the vicious cycle of it. We are fed a bunch of BIG. FAT. LIES. Did you know a recent study in the UK showed that an average woman will spend roughly 30 years of her life on a diet? What the…..??? It’s culturally ingrained in us; it’s become the norm. And it’s a whole lot of living that, sadly, gets wasted.
You may think because I am a Transformational Eating Coach and Nutritionist that I have my shit (excuse my Jersey potty mouth) together when it comes to food and my body. But, I am by no means perfect, nor do I want to be.
I have learned that my many years of struggles with food went deep, much deeper than the food itself. In fact, my struggles really had nothing to do with the food.
All the quick fixes, wanting to be perfect with my eating, restricting myself, living by tons of food rules, trying out the next miracle pill or hottest new diet all left me feeling like a HUGE failure and kept me locked up in my own food prison. None of these things helped me heal, or gave me relief from my food obsession.
AND, I never lost weight, or whatever little weight I did lose, I’d gain it, back plus some….I had to keep fighting with myself. It felt like a never-ending battle.
Back in those days, I couldn’t fathom ever being able to feel freedom and ease with food, or being able to maintain a weight that felt good for me. I was obsessed, controlling everything I put into my body and I felt miserable.
Most people will try to solve their food and weight issues by going on a diet, doing a cleanse, exercising more, restricting/depriving, and looking for the next “fix,” if you will. Some of these things may help, but certainly not for the long-term. And then we have to start all over again.
I know how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle, but those things I mentioned above (which by the way make my stomach turn when I think about them) will not set you up for sustainable weight loss, or healthy habits. They will only set you up for disappointment, time and time again. Aren’t you sick of that yet? I hope so….
Below I am sharing with you what WILL set you up for natural and sustainable weight loss. Now mind you, this will NOT be a quick fix. You will need to dig deeper than you ever have before, and you will need to let go of a whole lot of thoughts and beliefs around what you think you know.
When I first start working with my private clients, they always want me to give them a plan, and I won’t. That is the reason they came to me in the first place, because they are SICK of following a restrictive plan and missing out on life. They know that ultimately it doesn’t work, but it also feels scary not to have one…there is a lot of fear of getting out of control.
But the truth is, they already ARE out of control….so read on, to learn how you can get off the crazy diet roller-coaster and lose weight naturally, so you can keep it off and start living a saner life with food.
First Key on How to Lose Weight Naturally
Slow Down! I know this may sound crazy to you, but slowing down when you eat will actually support your weight loss efforts. Too often people eat on the go, sitting in front of our computers, standing over the kitchen sink, or quickly before their next appointment. It’s a surefire way to eat more than your body needs, and it doesn’t allow your body to digest properly or assimilate the nutrients from your food in a beneficial way.
Eating on the run, or eating quickly causes a lot of stress in the body, and we all know stress causes weight gain. So, practice one meal a day sitting at a table without distraction and eat slowly. Taste your food, savor it, enjoy the experience. Breathe. Look around. Take in the sights and sounds. Put your fork down and chew. This will help your body to get the nourishment it needs, and it will help you attune more to your fullness signals as well. I guarantee you will feel fuller much quicker than you have in the past, and there just might be some food left on your plate too.
Second Key on How to Lose Weight Naturally
Eat only when you feel physical hunger. This is a big one because most of us eat quite often when we are not physically hungry, or we eat because we are afraid to feel hunger or feel empty. What this does is gives our body food when it doesn’t need it, and you know what that results in? WEIGHT GAIN!
Anytime you ingest calories when you don’t have physical hunger, your body will most likely store it as extra weight. The body doesn’t understand what to do with all this extra food that it doesn’t need. And then the quality of the food comes into play too. You CAN gain weight overeating healthy food. Believe me, I was a health food, binge eater and I put on 25 extra pounds doing it. And I understand that most people tend to overeat the foods that are not necessarily that great for them (more on that in Key 3.)
So, attune to your physical hunger. Before you eat, ask yourself if you are physically hungry. Wait for an answer. If you are craving something, and you think you need to eat, most of the time that is due to an emotional need. If that’s the case, see if there is something else you can give to yourself other than food that will feel nourishing to you. On the other hand, if you are truly physically hungry, than make a nourishing and honoring choice that you will feel good about and sit down and eat it slowly.
Third Key on How to Lose Weight Naturally
Lose the restriction and rules. WHAT? You’re probably thinking I am crazy right now. But the truth is, all the rules and restriction are what keep you stuck in this crazy-ass cycle with food in the first place.
I know, you’re afraid if you don’t have rules and restriction you will go hog-wild. Well, it’s possible, but my guess is, you might for a little bit (maybe once or twice,) but then those foods that you told yourself you couldn’t eat, and that you white-knuckle through to not give in to, will lose all their sparkle.
Once we give ourselves FULL permission to enjoy a food without the judgement, it loses it’s pull on us. I go way more in-depth about this in my Empowered Eating Experience 5-day Mini Course.
So for now, see about giving up ONE of your food rules. Maybe the one about not eating carbs because they are “bad,” or the one about having a cheat meal on the weekends. Those rules don’t serve you. You want to be able to build self-trust, and that is how you will be able to lose weight sustain-ably and naturally, and these steps will help you do that.
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