Alot of people make this classic mistake,when first starting to lose weight, they decide they are going to do it full on and start eating just 1 piece of lettuce, or just living on air like a breathanarian (who are most likely all dead now).
Obviously i’m exaggerating to make a point. Alot of people when wanting to lose weight, go extreme about it by trying to change everything all at once and wonder why they can’t stick to it.
What we usually think of ‘willpower’ only lasts a certain period of time. If our dominant programming (internal programming/our mind) is making us hold onto weight, it’s going to be a huge struggle. But when you release that old negative programming and start to replace it with something new, suddenly you can take the right actions, transform your eating, and even start to crave healthy foods. Personally I completely transformed my eating and I now eat the healthiest I ever have in my life.
The other key is that it’s going to be much more sustainable if you build up over time.
First you want a general direction to go in, and it has to be something that you can adopt just as ‘this is the way I eat’ instead of ‘i’ll just eat like this to lose some weight then stop’. The second one is what causes people to put the weight back on after losing it.
It has to be long term, your new lifestyle. So you need it to be something you can relatively enjoy, whichever new way of eating you choose. Sure vegetables don’t taste as good as chocolate still, but I am okay with them now and I vary it up on the weekends for something different.
Now start to gradually eliminate some things, and add other things. You might just start with having less sugar in your coffee and eventually no sugar at all. It might not taste the best at first but now I never have sugar in my coffee and I still love it!
Adjust to that one thing, then go onto another, just a bit at a time. You’ll find that over time you’re able to sustain the new change way better than if you instantly tried to change everything you eat like you might have in the past.
You might say “But I hate all healthy food” and that’s a good point. But if you go back to the internal programming I was talking about, it’s amazing that also controls what you crave. I used to just eat pizza, sausage rolls, pies, all kinds of desserts and nothing else.
As I did the work to release the old programming I started to not feel like the old unhealthy food as much, even started to crave new healthier food.
One big thing, is I REFUSED to eat vegetables for years after I had the choice because I was forced to eat them as a child and guilted with ‘if you don’t eat them then we will serve them up for breakfast’. So as soon as I had the choice I avoided them completely. I worked on some of these memories, then the next day I thought “I wouldn’t mind trying vegetables again” and something I would have never expected was that I was like “Ok they aren’t too bad”.
And since then i’ve been eating them regularly. A few years before that the thought of doing so would have been unheard of!
The dealing with your internal programming i’ll cover another time. Just take the idea of starting small and building up and you’ll do much better. The same thing applies to working out.
You might be asking “But what kind of eating should I choose?” (I avoid the word ‘diet’). That’s up to you, as I said it has to be something that YOU can do. Personally I started with The Primal Blueprint and i’d definately recommend to check it out by clicking below!