We all know how hard it is to stick to a diet. Especially food lovers, comfort-eaters and people who are – how shall we put it – weaker-willed than most (and that includes me, by the way). It’s the cutting out that we hate, isn’t it? The evil, cutting out of all the yummy foods we love which bring us joy. Because, whoever designed food and bodies and metabolisms was cruel and decided to misalign tasty with healthy. But help has arrived folks, in the shape of…an NHS specialist, no less! Aparently, it is possible to think thin. Here’s how.
According to an article in the Huff Post this week, Dr Sally Norton, an NHS weight loss consultant and surgeon and founder of Vavista and Vavista Awards, reckons that if a person can identify the “danger areas” in their lives, when it comes to their relationship with food, it is possible to avoid them, thereby dieting without trying!
What’s the difference between the moments we forget about food and the times we gorge ourselves? Boredom, bad thoughts, worries? Even stressful moments?
Dr Norton talked the Huff Post through four simple things she believes we should all think in order to lose weight healthily, confidently and easily. The key, she believes, is being mindful of the four Ws:
There is often a certain person around whom you eat much less healthily. It could be that they have a habit of suggesting you get another bottle of wine, or order a dessert. Or perhaps they’re the person in the office who always brings in irresistible cakes and biscuits that you struggle to say no to.
Try to get them on board with your healthier eating too – otherwise, be forewarned and avoid.
Is there a certain place where your healthy eating habits are most tested?
A coffee shop on the way to work? Re-route. Going out to restaurants? Check the menu online in advance and plan your choices so you are less swayed by temptation when you’re there. The staff canteen where the stodgy option is the cheapest? Take a healthy but delicious lunch to work with you.
Far too many of us simply don’t pay any attention to the reasons why we eat – are we actually hungry? Or is it that we’re stressed, bored, angry?
Taking a moment to stop and ask yourself that question before you tuck in may help you understand your eating patterns a bit more – and perhaps you can find a different way to deal with the emotion.
Finally, when are your danger times for giving in to those less than healthy cravings?
Do you find yourself reaching for a sugary treat at work at around 2/3pm – otherwise known as the mid-afternoon slump? More than likely you have had a sugary or processed lunch and sent your sugar levels awry. Opt instead for slow release energy from protein, wholegrains, healthy fats and veg.
Have you eaten enough during the day or do you come home ravenous? Have a snack mid-afternoon to avoid those fridge raids as you walk in the door.
Do you tend to pick in the evenings after your meal? Find a means of distraction – or start getting to bed earlier and get a really good night’s sleep which will help you make healthier choices the next day too.
It’s all pretty obvious when you think about it, but so many people think they can just cut back on food and rely on willpower to lose weight. Unless you understand your “who, where, why and when” weak spots, your willpower will fail you – guaranteed.
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