There’s a self help rhyme that states, “name it, claim it, tame it.” It’s a simple way to de-bunk delusional thoughts. What it means, in theory, is how can you get better if you don’t first admit you’re sick? We all have been there and know that sometimes it’s hard fess up and admit it. Well, I’m stepping out there and leading the conga line! I'm finally admitting that I have some long held diet delusions and I’m naming them, claiming them, and taming them. Then I’m going to dump them! Maybe then they can they stop pushing me around, and causing me to lose my balance.
Name It Diet Delusion: I can lose 3 - 5 pounds a week if I really try.
This only happened to me a couple of times when I was younger, and each of them involved being sick, but still, it hangs around inside my head. The reality is that a weight loss of that proportion isn’t really a lasting weight loss.
Losing 1 to 2 pounds a week is a healthy pace for permanent weight loss. Repeat after me, losing 1 to 2 pounds a week is a healthy pace for permanent weight loss. Losing 1 to 2 pounds a week… blahblahblahblah
Name It Diet Delusion: Carbohydrates are bad for your health and cause weight gain, and therefore should be avoided.
Carbs don’t make you fat, and your body – especially your brain, needs carbs to function properly. Hmmmm, do you think there’s a correlation here? They also provide much needed energy.
As far as weight loss goes, the proportion of carbs, fat and protein consumed is not as important as the total caloric intake vs caloric expenditure. However, foods rich in fiber and protein tend to be the most filling, which in theory would lead to a reduced intake of food and calories compared to high-fat foods and low-fiber carbohydrates.
Name It Diet Delusion: I will get down to my goal weight by (insert occasion). When I arrive at (insert occasion) I’ll invoke envious desire in some, and everyone will notice me and like me. And I will also instantaneously turn heads as I walk gracefully by.
Healthy eating is about lifestyle change with a lifestyle commitment not careening toward (insert occasion). Also, you shouldn’t want others to be jealous of your thinness. It’s about health and wellbeing, not making others feel less than. (However it is perfectly fine if everybody envies you and wants to look like you, be you, or fit in those fabulous new dazzling jeans. Oops, sorry; I just can’t help myself . . .
Name It Diet Delusion: I will start my diet tomorrow/Monday/January 1/insert date here.
The choice for a healthy lifestyle starts now, not tomorrow, Monday, or New Year’s Day. To make a change you don't need a new year, or a Monday. All you need to do is to make a choice. Choose to make the most of each day. It’s the little things – every day that add up to moving forward and reaching your goals. Whatever you didn't accomplish yesterday, you have today! Every minute is a choice. Each minute is an opportunity. And each minute those #&@* cookies sit on the kitchen counter, all lusciously naked and exposed, they gain strength and power. . . .
Cooookie . . . .
Must destroy cookies.
Name It Diet Delusion: I can’t help it. I have no willpower.
I AM WONDER WOMAN. MISTRESS OF THE UNIVERSE. MY WILLPOWER CAN RENDER ALL EVIL JUNK FOOD POWERLESS!
Ahem . . . Sorry. I got a little carried away.
Name It Diet Delusion: I’ve already cheated so I’ll just eat a little of this since the day’s already ruined.
Claim It- It’s that choice thingy again. It's one day at a time, one moment at a time, one choice at a time . . . That's all that's expected of you, and all you can expect of yourself.
One misstep shouldn’t lead to totally chucking my progress. A misstep shouldn’t lead to chucking my progress. A misstep . . . blahblahblahblah
Name It Diet Delusion: I love chocolate. It’s difficult to get by most days without it. It’s good for me. My love of chocolate can’t be bound by common sense most of the time, and with good reason. My hand and my mouth agreed a long time ago that as far as chocolate is concerned the brain does not need to be involved at all - whatsoever!
Claim It – Fat Free Sugar Free Jello with whipped cream is just as good. Blegh! Cmon people! This is an outright lie. Get Real! We all know that a piece of dark, velvety chocolate tastes and satisfies so much better. God help me if loving it is wrong - I don’t want to be right. . .
Name it Diet Delusion: I’ll start exercising after I lose a few pounds.
"Ive decided to get in shape by using a little old fashioned common sense."
"I can't just go out and run a marathon or kill myself with a grueling workout regime . . .I have to take things one step at a time."
"So I'm going to begin by walking for 30 minutes every day and build up slowly."
"Did you walk today?"
"Build up verrrry slowly."
Claim It- Exercise is about health and strength. It is not about weight. No matter what size I am exercise needs to be a part of my daily life. Besides if Patrick Swayze and I are really going to get that lift right, I’ve got to work on my core. Otherwise, he’s in big trouble, too. We don’t need to reenact the dancing hippo scene from Fantasia.
So what are your diet delusions? I’m asking you when you leave a comment to Name Your Diet Delusion, and Claim the Solution. I know you’re out there, and you have them, too!!!! They’re like Murphy’s Laws – we don’t like to admit they are there - but they are. I know I didn’t make up that delusion too.
Oh and one more thing. . .
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