Stop Feeding the Diet Peddlers,
Feed Your Body What it Wants, and Watch the Kilos Fall Off
We’ve all seen those “amazing results!” ads on tv that show women’s miserable before photos and oh so joyous after photos. If you manage to freeze your screen in time, you’ll see a sentence at the bottom of the screen.
This sentence will be in teeny, tiny, writing and it will say something like “results not typical, results may differ.” That’s them covering their butts.
There are many things that contribute to that weight loss that they don’t show you on those ads. Here are just a few of our personal favourites:
· Spending all your Sunday planning next week’s meals so that you don’t get caught without a healthy snack in your handbag and decide to buy a chocolate bar instead
· Starving yourself all week because you’re going out to a family dinner on Saturday night and you want to be seen to be eating like everyone else.
· Concentrating on anything and everything, all day so that you don't think about the fact that you’re starving.
· Deciding what you’re allowed to have for dinner that isn’t watery soup, a protein shake, or a salad consisting mostly of lettuce
Diets make you think about food. All day, every day. You’re constantly thinking about or trying not to think about, food.
And where does that get you?
If you’re a normal human being? It usually gets you down the chocolate aisle of your local supermarket. Or down to the dairy for a quick snack, or the local takeaway, depending on what your particular vice is.
Wouldn’t you love to be able to lose weight without constantly thinking about what you should eat?
The Willpower Wheel and How to Lose Weight
You’ve been told by at least one person (probably a skinny person) in your lifetime, that it’s all about willpower. You just decide to eat healthy foods and the weight will drop off.
Or “All you have to do is eat less and exercise more.”
If it was actually that simple, no-one in the world would be overweight. No-one. Not one body.
Instead, according to a New Zealand Health Survey in 2016/17, one in every third person, over the age of 15 is obese. That’s 32% of kiwis. And that’s just obese. Another 34% are overweight.
You can’t tell us that 66% of Kiwis have no willpower. Or don’t know that eating less and exercising more will help you lose weight.
I’m afraid that just simply doesn’t make sense. There has to be more to it than that.
And there is.
How the Willpower Approach Has Kept You Overweight…Then Thin…Then Overweight Again (Repeat as Needed)
Willpower demands that you live your life to a set of instructions that someone else has told you are good for you.
Would you let someone tell you what music you should like? What books you should enjoy? What height you should grow to?
Nope. Well…not if you’re past your teenage years, anyway.
And yet, over and over again, we try to stick to dietary restrictions that someone else has made for us. And we beat ourselves up if we fail to stick to that diet.
Even if we manage to stick to the diet, lose weight, and hit that magic number on the scales, we then have to spend the rest of our days sticking to another diet so that we don’t put it back on!
Kick the Diet to the Curb and Let Your Own Mind and Body Take Control
Stay with us here, this is not the woo-woo solution you’ve already tried. This is not the mix twelve herbs together in a teapot and drink while burning 3 different essential oils and sitting in the lotus position.
Although, if that works for you, we won’t tell you not to do it.
In fact, at Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies, we don’t tell you to do anything.
Instead, we help you to remember how to listen to your own body. We help you get your thoughts about food back to a place where it’s not so scary. And the weight starts to drop, without overthinking it.
Now, let’s look closely at how to do that.
The Reason Every Overweight Person is Overweight
You didn’t gain weight because you have no willpower. You gained weight because, at some stage, you and your body decided it was a good idea.
That extra weight you’re carrying once had a purpose, a reason for being there.
The problem is, we don’t always know what that reason was.
And if we do know the reason, we don’t always know how to re-program our brains to tell our bodies that the weight isn’t needed anymore.
But it can be done. It’s easier than you think.
The success our clients achieve, shows us over and over again, that successful weight reduction is a matter of mindset.
You’ll notice we didn’t say mind over matter.
That’s because it isn’t mind over matter. It’s about our minds being in cahoots with our bodies instead of working against them.
Much of our thinking and habits around food are developed as a child. Sometimes these habits revolve around pleasing our parents or satisfying a desire for instant gratification.
As an adult, we can look at the root of these habits in order to see which ones we’ve outgrown and find solutions that better meet our needs as adults.
It’s about using your incredibly powerful (it is, you know) mind to bring about the changes in your body, that will have you living the life you crave.
Don’t Believe Us? Fabulous! We Love It When People Don’t Believe Us
We really do. It’s such fun when they come back to us with faces glowing in amazement.
“It really works!”
“I can’t believe how easy this is.”
“I wish I’d done this years ago.”
These are the things we constantly hear from our clients and it’s why we enjoy what we do so much.
Want to get off the willpower wheel? Start by listening to this free audio that will guide you towards a new way of (not) thinking about food:
What have you got to lose?
Apart from weight, of course!