Wednesday, February 06, 2013
Diets fail because they are focused on deprivation. "I can't have a cookie because I'm on a d-i-e-t." And diet becomes a bad word to be dreaded and avoided like other taboo words in our language. So you're feeling deprived and martyred and then forcing yourself to workout like it's a punishment. If by some miracle you do manage to reach your goal weight with this attitude, then what?
Deprivation and punishment certainly are not sustainable over a lifetime! No wonder dieters tend to gain back more than they lost!
On the other hand, if we make a choice to have a sandwich on whole wheat bread for lunch followed by one cookie for dessert instead of a dozen cookies followed by a pint of ice cream... that's sustainable!
I can't tell myself, "I can never have pizza again if I don't want to be fat". That won't work. All I'll want is pizza! I CAN tell myself, "If I make healthy choices for breakfast and lunch then some pizza can fit into my overall plan for the day at dinner." And I can make that happen!
Today after lunch I was craving something cold and sweet so I went to the freezer. I looked at the ice cream. Not a healthy choice. I checked out the fudge bars... not terrible but eh. Weight Watchers cake? Kind of small. I have frozen fruit! Strawberries, blueberries and sliced bananas! Add 8oz of almond milk and a package of Carnation Instant Breakfast no sugar added rich milk chocolate, blend and enjoy! I made a CHOICE! I would have greatly enjoyed ice cream or a fudge bar but not only was the smoothie quite yummy, it got me a couple of fruit servings that would have been empty calories!
And because I made such healthy choices for breakfast and lunch, when my dinner plan fell apart I was able to have a very unhealthy backup item that I greatly enjoyed without going over on calories, carbs, protein, or fat! If I'd chosen the ice cream earlier I would have had to do something else.
Choose to focus on healthful choices. Choose to track your food and measure your portions. Choose to increase your activity in ways you enjoy. The weight will just melt off AND you'll still get to enjoy a cookie without feeling like you're cheating!