Tips on How to Lose Weight
I find that in general, people who are trying to lose weight talk about being “good” or “bad” in relation to food. They often feel guilty because they think they have eaten something “naughty” which ultimately leads them to binge on what they perceive as unhealthy food.
They have simply developed a negative association with food. This is hardly surprising, considering the “normal” way that people think they should lose weight is by dieting and deprivation. This is drummed into us in the media, by celebrities, our parents, our peers, and with the thousands of diets available. Unfortunately, this approach does not teach us to trust ourselves and listen to our own bodies so we can make positive and appropriate choices with regard to our own health. We think we have to follow strict eating plans and can’t have any treats. If we do we have been “bad”. This is why it doesn’t work. No one likes to be told they can’t have or do something. Who can relate to children who won’t take no for an answer and will simply nag and nag until we finally say yes just to shut them up? We all respond best to positive associations, encouragement and support. In this way we are empowered to make appropriate decisions for ourselves.
There is no such thing as “bad” food. Sure, different foods have a higher fat, sugar or calorie content, but it’s only bad for you if you eat it all the time in large quantities. We deserve to enjoy our food and have treats. Food is not there just to fuel our bodies. We should gain pleasure from it as well and can learn to gain pleasure from both the healthy and not so healthy options. If you are not used to eating healthy foods, you can learn to enjoy how you feel when you are not overfull or too heavy and have lots of energy. Similarly, if you’re not used to treating yourself to your favourite foods, you can learn how it feels to just try a little bit, how great it feels to “let go” and the satisfaction of being able to stop, knowing you can have some again later on.
Natural Eating empowers you to experiment with food, find out what gives you pleasure and enables you to think positively about food. In this way you will feel more in control and start to enjoy eating and how your body feels when you give it what it wants and needs.