Weight Loss Reexamined?
Updated: Nov 23, 2020
With the Holiday Season coming and all its bountiful opportunities to glut and binge, I thought it was an ideal time to share a concept in weight loss that you may find helpful.
Very often weight loss plans focus on making specific food choices. The problem is that there is a lot of contradictory and confusing information out there. Low fat. High fat. Keto. Vegan. Paleo. Martinis and Whipped Cream (the last one was actually popular in the 1970s). The list goes on and on. The fact that there are 50,000+ diet books available on Amazon Kindle tells you something. And experience shows that while virtually all of these plans can bring about an initial drop in pounds, that progress is seldom sustained.
In journalism, they talk about the six questions: who, when, where, how, why, and what. Very often our weight loss efforts focus on the "what" question as far as what foods you consume and which ones you will avoid. Not that there isn't something to be said for making healthier choices. But it might be helpful to strike that question off of your list for a while and start to focus on the others.
When you are eating in an unhealthy way:
Who? Are there certain people you tend to overeat with? Or maybe you are alone during those times? The social element is important to consider.
When? Very often a person will report they do well all day and then go off the wagon at night. When are your challenging times? When do you better or worse?
Where? Is there a specific place or places you go overboard?
How? What other activity is going on during your challenging times and places? Are you eating mindfully or are you engaged in another activity simultaneously like watching TV?
Why? Is there a certain state of mind and body you notice at those times? Is your mood positive or negative, or is that variable? Are you tired or well-rested?
Behaviors tend to follow a predictable sequence of events, you have to step back and detect the pattern. By examing these questions, you can begin to devise strategies in response. You might be pleasantly surprised at the changes you can make with this kind of awareness.
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