Do you feel like your relationship with food is failing because of so much conflicting information out there?
Here are 4 myths about changing a lifetime habit and how to combat them!
Change is a long process. You cannot alter all your habits overnight! You are likely to fall off track over and over before new habits become embedded into your life for the long haul. When things go wrong, learn from the experience and move on. No point in beating yourself up about it, or stuffing another cake down your pie hole, or waiting for Monday to come back around. Pick up where you left off and keep strong!
My mother had been struggling to lose weight ever since she had my brother and me. One day, I came home from college to find that she had called a hypnotherapist to fix her “fat issues.” Like my mum, there comes a certain point where you start looking for a rescue point. The number of books she’s bought, diets she’s tried and therapists she’s seen is beyond me. My mum will now agree with me: no one is going to come along and do it for you! You have to want to change, and the right support, preferably someone that has walked the same path before, can provide you with the correct guidance. You need a guide, not a rescuer, and you need to want to change, not just wish that you could.
If you aren’t eating enough for your body, you will find yourself constantly thinking about food. I often have people tell me how little they are eating and how they are prepared to go to extreme measures for weight loss results, when in fact they are not prepared to give up dieting or restricting food! When you don’t eat enough for your body and are restricting food, you are overriding a physiological process—you really cannot and will not win. Having the right balance and eating the correct amount of calories for your body is vital for long-term results!
In the past, you might have felt that you were either “being good” and controlling your eating quite well, or you might have felt that you were out of control and having a “bad day” on a self-destructive path! You need to break out of this! If you fall off the wagon, pick up where you left off, and don’t let yourself continue having a bad day. “Oh, but I’ve already had one bad thing, might as well continue indulging and start again tomorrow” WRONG! Don’t do this. Firstly, having one bad thing isn’t the end of the world. However, carrying on into a “bad” day will only delay your progress even more! Instead of overindulging by 400 calories, you overindulge by 1000 calories or more! Be strong, accept your mistake, and carry on—make every day a good day!