Do you find yourself overeating from time to time or all the time? Would you like some tips on suppressing your appetite? I’m happy to share but do not continue reading if you want a quick fix. I help people sustain their weight loss and that’s my primary concern. Quick weight loss is not my goal for you. Here are some tips:
- Eat all your meals. Skipping meals will only slow down metabolism as it prompts our body to store fat for “famine” season. EAT, but eat a balanced meal.
- End restrictive diets. Not only does a restrictive diet slow down our metabolism (again because it thinks it’s famine season and we need to store fat due to food scarcity) but it psychologically messes up our brain. We feel so restricted that when we finally let down our guard, we go crazy and binge. This is the main ingredient for weight gain and the inability to lose weight after too many yo-yo diet attempts.
- Will power is ineffective. Will power is a muscle that gets tired. After a long work day or a stressful day, will power is out the window. Never rely on will power. Instead, focus on positive habits like loving the right food and the right exercise for your body.
- Get rid of the junk. Junk food breaks our body’s ability to self-regulate hunger (and fullness). That’s why we can easily consume an entire bag of chips and cookies. Get rid of the chemicals.
- Eat fat. We actually need fat but good polyunsaturated fat to lose weight. A diet of zero fat just increases our cravings (which often becomes cravings for the unhealthy stuff).
- Eat without guilt but with pure joy. Most importantly, EAT. Just eat. Just enjoy. Just focus on things that make you happy. Food is not the enemy. Imagine having a bad relationship and saying you’ll never date again. That’s crazy. Your relationship with food needs to be healthy and happy. Stop the fear, anxiety, stress, and just focus on nourishing your body. Take the time to eat real food and actually enjoy it. So many of my clients tell me they don’t have time to just eat and eat mindful. They have to eat fast and on the go, but then we don’t listen to our body and have to take the time to fix diseases or work on losing weight. Why don’t we take the time to enjoy eating in the first place, and not deal with having to fix the problem. Eating is so delicious and beautiful.
So much of weight loss is a complete mind-body connection. How we talk to ourselves about food and our body, how we perceive food, and how we frame our habits. Learn to turn it all around without dieting, without restrictions, and finally with love, nourishment, and understanding about nutrition.
Learn how to have a great relationship with yourself, food, exercise, and build great habits with a free health consultation at www.HappyFoodHealth.com or (619) 876-2655. See if this is the right match for you. I do things very differently to make health a natural lifestyle and this is not for everyone.
~Samantha Hua, Nutrition & Health Coach, San Diego, CA