Judge Judy always says, “Keep it simple stupid!” While I would never call anyone stupid, I do appreciate the clarity of the saying. I counsel people on losing weight all the time, and there is a pretty consistent pre-conceived idea that losing weight is extremely complicated. As a former overweight person, I know damn well that the complicated part is our relationship with food. The science of losing weight is actually quite simple. (My upcoming book has all kinds of really great information about getting started on your diet. I titled it “Lose Weight, Find Yourself!: 6 Steps to Having a Health Relationship with Food…Bite by Bite and Pound by Pound,” simply because I went through the same 6 Steps to lose my weight.)
People who have never been overweight can easily think “Gosh, if that fat person would only stop eating so much…” The truth is, if it was that easy there would be no need for me to write these blogs and there would be no need for you to read them! The thing I want you to remember is that you don’t have to go out and buy a bunch of supplies or come up with some cockamamie, hair-brained scheme to lose the weight. You can start today, right now, simply by starting to re-establish your relationship with food. Even if you don’t go hit the gym tomorrow, or start eating like I do, you CAN start thinking about why you are about to eat what you are about to eat.
Deepak Chopra has written, “The mind is the key to losing weight. When the mind is satisfied, the body quits craving too much food.” Next time you go to eat something that you know you shouldn’t, I challenge you to ask yourself, “Why am I eating this; does is it benefit my body or my soul; do I really need it; is there a more wholesome option?” If you take that one simple and significant step, you will ultimately begin to establish new thoughts and make new connections to what food means to you. Allow one positive change to lead to another! You can do it; I know you can because I did!
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