Do you feel compelled to eat everything on your plate because you feel guilty “wasting” food, even if it means feeling too full and overeating?
It’s Monday. You’ve decided you’re going to finally lose those post-menopausal pounds. Starting today, you’re going to eat better. You make a yummy salad and bring it to work for lunch. You vow to cut down on sweets and exercise for an hour three times a week.
One of the biggest challenges for people trying to lose weight is what to do when they feel like eating but aren’t hungry. That’s the main reason people are overweight – because they don’t eat in response to their hunger and fullness signals.
One issue with which many of my clients struggle is eating at night, after they have had dinner. I hear things like:
“My husband and I watch TV and snack after dinner.”
“I feel mildly hungry around 9-ish, and am afraid that if I don’t eat, I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, starving, and won’t be able to sleep.”
What stories do you tell yourself that keep you from losing weight?
We all have our little stories, like the things we believe about ourselves and our relationship with food and weight loss. There are stories that we have believed for so long that we don’t even question them.
Eating mindfully is the single most effective way to lose weight and to maintain a healthy weight throughout your life. But did you know that it will also get rid of many digestive problems?
Okay, I admit it. I don’t like rules. Especially unnecessary ones, which to me describes most rules.
When my kids were young, they loved a book by Patricia MacLachlan called Seven Kisses in a Row. In it, the protagonist says that in her house, “We only have three rules. That’s enough. Number one: Be kind. Number two: no kicking or biting. Number three: any rule can be changed.”
When I start working with a woman who wants to lose weight, I always ask her why. What will be different when you reach your weight goal?
Despite about one-third of Americans being overweight, there’s no shortage of diet advice available, especially on the Internet. Some of it is just plain bad. Some of it is completely outrageous.