I often have friends who are struggling with their body confidence ask me: “What should I eat to lose weight?”
When that happens, I want to respond with: “You tell me.” But I don’t. I feel like doing so would trivialize their concerns and make them feel as if I don’t care. But I later realized that I was doing them a huge disservice by not asking them that question.
Think about it…
- No one knows what foods you’ve been eating better than you;
- No one knows how these foods have been affecting your body better than you;
- No one else knows your struggles, insecurities, doubts, invisible scripts and hopes better than you;
- No one knows what kinds of foods you love and want to keep eating better than you do.
- No one knows what your life is like better than you.
The truth is this: No one can tell you what to eat.
A nutritionist or dietitian can prescribe a detailed food plan that guarantees fat loss if you follow it to a T.
But how many of us have a system in place that will make sure this happens? What will you do when you need to measure out your portions but the kids have just spilled a liter of milk on the floor and need to be fed NOW? What will you do when you need to have your specially-designed meals prepared for the next 5 days but you’ve barely had time to go shopping and find out that you’ll need to be out of the house by 6am and home by 11pm for the next 7 days?
How do you reconcile your goals with the unpredictability of life? How do you be the best CEO for your body that you can possibly be despite a crazy schedule and uncertainty?
Most of us know that we’re supposed to exercise and eat balanced meals, so why are so many of us overweight and struggling with our bodies?
The answer is lies in our habits, and mastering them so they work in our favor, not against us.
Knowing everything you need to eat isn’t going to do you an ounce of good if your habits don’t support the inclusion of those foods in your life. Knowing that you need to exercise isn’t going to get your butt to the gym 5 days a week.
Willpower? It’s finite source that most people rely on in the beginning of a new diet or exercise program, only to find themselves crashing and burning shortly after.
Dictionary.com defines ‘habit’ as:
Here are some examples of my old habits, and what they’ve now become:
Old: Once I started eating rice during a meal, I couldn’t stop. I’d eat until I was bloated and blue in the face.
New: I eat no more than a cupped handful of rice. Having any more than that makes me feel uncomfortable and prone to indigestion. I automatically stop eating when I’m full.
Old: I ate when I was bored or lonely.
New: I call a friend, go for a run, read a book or go for a class.
Old: I knew I was putting on weight, but kept putting off doing something about it.
New: I feel weird if I don’t exercise for more than 3 days in a row. My workout clothes are in a spot where I can see them every day. I take action the minute I feel unbalanced physically or emotionally.
Now’s your turn: Which habits of yours can you turn around to work in your favor and help support your weight loss goals?
Once you’re done finding out what these habits are, share them in the comments below or email them to email@example.com. I’d love to know what your next step is. I read every email.
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