For years and years I have struggled with putting weight on…and then taking weight off. It wasn’t until recently that I was able to shift gears, take it off easily (aka without “dieting”) and keep it coming off AND duplicate the results for others.
As I have been on this new journey, it has opened my eyes to so many un-truths that keep people stuck on the hamster wheel of diet, weight loss, and then gaining, only to start over again.
One of the biggest myths propelled by so many well-meaning health advocates is to “never let yourself get hungry.” This also comes disguised as “eat at least 6 small meals a day.” This method is fine, if you want to continue this method for the rest of your life. It doesn’t allow for, “okay I have lost the weight, now what?”
Good news! Your body totally knows how to regulate itself, you just have to learn how to listen. Once you learn to differentiate from hunger and other things like emotions disguised as hunger, then you don’t have to worry about measuring and counting and how many meals you have had.
So what does actual hunger feel like?
- It’s physical (stomach growling)
- It’s easily satisfied (doesn’t require a particular food–salty or sweet etc)
- Comes on gradually
- Can wait
- Stops when satisfied
Next time you open the fridge or scour the pantry for a snack, check in. Am I actually hungry? It’s the first step!
Next week I will be sending out my 7 Day Spark (7 Days to Get Back on Track to Loving Yourself) with more details on making these positive and mindful changes. If you want to make sure you don’t miss it, drop your first name and email in here . xoxo