Did you see today’s New York Times article discussing how every single contestant and winner on The Biggest Loser Season 8 gained back most or all of the weight they had lost? How heart breaking!
The NY Times article is fascinating and talks about the biological tendency for the body to revert back to its original weight, when weight loss is intentional, as in induced by dieting or extreme exercising.
When discussing winner Danny Cahill (who lost 239 lb. in 7 months)’s experience, the article stated that his slow metabolism was one part of the problem but the bigger issue is his unstoppable food cravings. The article describes Cahill opening a bag of chips, thinking he will have just a few. “‘I’d eat five bites. Then I’d black out and eat the whole bag of chips and say, ‘What did I do?’” Said Cahill.
I sure can relate to that! It was living this nightmare that inspired me to have my own Sugar Divorce and now create a Sugar Divorce program for others who struggle with food addiction.
The truth is we can’t really change the biological factors like metabolism. But we can absolutely change the habit of mindless eating.
The problem is the misguided thinking that it’s OK to eat “Just a few bites.”
If a certain food is a trigger for you and you eat any amount, you are going to want more. So how do you stop craving the foods you desire?
The answer is by changing the way you think about food subconsciously. By choosing food mindfully, consciously and with awareness, your habits change.
The great news is that your preference for food also changes. I never thought I could prefer a salad over pizza, but that’s absolutely true for me now.
The mind thinks in pictures and constantly makes associations. If you associate pleasure with the foods that are harmful to you, you are only going to want more.
Self-hypnosis is such a miraculous tool to help you change the images you have of food. Foods that you once thought you couldn’t live without can become irrelevant. Practice intentionally changing your pleasurable associations with the wrong foods.
Instead of fantasizing about how good a food will taste, eating it and feeling bad, imagine how bad the food will make you feel before you eat it.
Your life and actions can truly be driven by your desire to be healthy, strong and at your ideal weight. You can actually experience a complete divorce from sugar that makes you feel, not deprived, but empowered.
I’ve seen it with my own eyes, not only in my own life with my successful weight loss that has lasted over 30 years but in the lives of the thousands of people I’ve been fortunate enough to work with. Change is possible!
But it starts, not with a new meal plan, but with the mind.
Please reach out and let me know how I can support you!
To Your Health & Happiness,