Let’s admit it.
We all love food.
Because if we didn’t, we would have never searched for ways to lose weight and we wouldn’t have ended up here on SP. The reasons for making food a close friend are different for each one of us. So are our preferences. When we think “comfort food”, some of us picture chocolate and cookies, others crave chips and fries. Our taste buds decide what kind of food is enjoyable, indifferent or not to our liking. And whether we like it or not, our taste buds can define the outcome of our weight loss attempts and our health journey.
One of the most important things I realized through my journey with SP - and something that I wish I had realized much earlier in my life – is that not every meal plan is suitable for everyone. I’m sure most of you have heard of Atkins diet. The early approach of this diet was called by some people the “all-the-steak-you-can-eat” diet! Meat has never been in my list of favorite foods. I’m the kind of person who, presented with a choice between a just-broiled, juicy steak and a freshly-cut, crispy vegetable salad, will definitely choose the latter. Can you imagine my chances of losing weight if I ever tried the Atkins diet? My taste buds would start a revolution at the end of week one – if I could make it that far!
Those little things inside our mouth are the ones that tell our brain what we’re eating. Salty, sweet, bitter or spicy. And our brain knows what we like and responds accordingly. So, after a meal we can feel satisfied and content or we can feel deprived and… still hungry! That’s why we have to respect our taste buds. We have to make them our good buddies in our weight loss efforts.
My point is simple. You’re overweight or obese because you love food. If you want to lose weight and keep it lost forever, you have to keep on loving food! Yes, you read that right! Don’t expect to lose weight by eating things you don’t like. Even if this works for some time, sooner or later your taste buds will start screaming for something tasty. And you’ll go back to your old habits and… you know what happens next. If you don’t like leafy, green vegetables for example and you push yourself to eat them in your salad every day at lunchtime just because the diet says so, you’re bound to hate your lunch in the end. So you eventually go back to pizza. Aren’t these too extreme to be your only choices? There must be something good in between!
Search, experiment, explore. Try new tastes, add variety, start enjoying cooking. Discover new, lighter versions of the foods you like. Substitute things you don’t like with your favorite healthy ingredients. Believe me, the word food will find a new meaning in your mind and this, alone, is a big step towards changing your diet mentality and your whole attitude towards losing weight.
Rejoice! You can keep on loving food and still lose weight! There are many of us at the At Goal and Maintaining team who can reassure you it works. “Eating” is how we lost the weight. We just put the word “right” after it. And that’s how we continue our healthy life journeys. Join us!
Make this promise to yourself. Today.