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 debilitation 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 help our clients 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 maintaining 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 help you make a 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 fourth of the 7 harsh truths of permanent weight-loss:
4. You can’t outrun a bad diet: now this is a big one that we see re-occurring time and again especially in very active individuals who love sport. Don’t get me wrong: Fitness is a fundamental pillar of wholistic wellbeing and long lasting weightless however, no amount of fitness will ever undo the negative effects of a bad diet. You can run a marathon a day, lift weights 4 times a week, do Hot Yoga until you melt but if you still eat crap, your optimum level of wellbeing will continue to escape you.
You may even go as far as achieving your ideal body on the outside, but you just will not be healthy from the inside out, which is truly the only real way of being healthy. This is what confuses lots of people and the reason why even apparently healthy individuals are struck by chronic diseases such as diabetes, hearth disease and cancer.
Looking fit and lean shouldn’t be the main outcome of your wellness journey: being truly and holistically healthy from the inside out should be the outcome and looking fit and lean should just be a welcome side effect of that.
If you shift your perspective from simply wanting to lose weight, to wanting to achieve genuine and permanent health and wellbeing you will feel WAY more profoundly motivated and driven, you will make healthier and smarter choices along the way AND you will achieve greater results than you even thought possible.
When all we care about is loosing a few pounds, we enter a dangerous mindset of “I will do anything to just loose the weight” and our judgment will be clouded; that’s when we start looking for unhealthy short cuts and miracle solutions.
Instead, when we look at ourselves as a whole, our life as a whole and our health and wellbeing as the number one priority, we will give much more importance to the things that matter most. From that perspective then, you won’t exercise just so that you can eat junk or drink too much and not put weight on: you will exercise because you want to take the best possible care of the most important possession in your life: your body!
Stay tuned for harsh truth #5. How does reading this make you feel? Comment below and make sure to like and share so we can spread the love 🙂