My relationship with food and eating hasn’t always been plain sailing: quite the opposite in fact. Food was for sure my drug of choice growing up and my preferred tool to cope with the trauma of growing up with a mentally ill father. I’m grateful though, not only because I could have easily chosen a WAY more destructive and debilitating coping mechanism, but also because those challenges taught me SO much of what I know now.
By really understanding the subtle dynamics of what I call the “psychology of eating” I am able to get our clients to identify the root causes of their unbalances with food which is a FUNDAMENTAL step to achieving long lasting results. Here’s the thing, you can eat all the “right” foods and know everything there is to know about healthier choices, calories, macro-nutrients etc. but if you don’t investigate and improve how you eat and why, you will still struggle to find peace and effortlessly maintain a healthy weight. Most of us know a lot about how we could improve our diets to get positive results: why is it so hard to make the necessary changes then? The answer lies precisely in your very unique “psychology of eating”.
Having said all that, there are some harsh and universals truths around eating and weight-loss that I’ve found apply to everyone’s journey to some extent and will certainly allow you to make the shift in perspective that’s needed to improve: I’ve come to identify these in my work with hundreds of busy and time pressed professionals all around the world and I truly believe you will get value and insights that you can implement right away.
So here comes the first of the 7 harsh truths of permanent weight-loss:
- Diets DON’T work: fact!
Most of us have been on a diet at some point or another in our lives: in fact I would be inclined to guess that most of us have been on a diet more than once in our lives. Many may be on a diet RIGHT NOW! But how many times can we do the same thing, hoping to achieve a different outcome?
If diets worked, we wouldn’t put the weight back on (and then some) in less than half the time it took to loose it. Think about every diet you have ever done in your life: how much time, money and effort did you invest? how long did the results last? Dieting is inherently flawed because it is based around the faulty principle that we can follow a strict regimen for a set amount of time until we get the intended result, and then maintain said results even after the diet is over.
Or even worse, we fool ourselves into thinking that the only way to have a lean and healthy body is by being on a diet for the rest of our life! I mean, seriously! The only way to achieve real and long lasting results is by making small, incremental improvements and give yourself enough time to embed these in your routine for good until you simply won’t know another way of eating; it won’t be something that you’re doing just to loose a few pounds. It will be your routine and will come second nature to you.
Any change that is not sustainable for the rest of your life, is not a healthy change and whatever results you may get from it are NOT yours for the rest of your life. The sooner you come to realize and accept this hard fact, the sooner you’ll be able to then STOP waisting time, energy and money on what doesn’t work and start focusing on what will.
This principle also applies to things such as detoxes, juice cleanse and any other very extreme and calorie deficient regimen with a healthy spin around it. I’m not saying that there is NO point in doing a detox or juice cleanse but those are DEFINITELY not modalities that should be used to achieve long term weight-loss on their own; they should only ever be a part of a greater and wholistic plan of action which ultimately revolves around sustainable habits that can be maintained forever.
Stay tuned for truths number 2-7 and if you have any questions or want to schedule a complimentary one on one strategy session, feel free to email us on firstname.lastname@example.org