“I read an article that said the chances of losing 100lbs was only 1 in 2,000. I want to beat those odds, whether it was from a reputable source or not.”
“The odds of losing 100 pounds are against you.” “You can’t do it.” “So many others have failed, so will you.” “It’s really not worth it the struggle.” “Once I start, I have to keep going, what a pain.” - - - These may be some of the defeating thoughts that will cloud your mind when it comes to exercise, whether you have 10 or 100 pounds to lose.
I was recently speaking with someone whose goal was to lose 100lbs. This is no small feat, considering most of society would be happy with losing a mere 10 or 20lbs. Years ago, this person fell into emotional eating and grew up from a very controlling household. The environment was so controlling that they decided to rebel and do whatever they wanted, which led to excessive eating. This binge eating led to 170lb gain in weight. The numbers on the scale kept climbing, but the internal struggle of control remained. Fatigue, lack of motivation and the inability to perform simple tasks kicked in a newfound motivation to begin losing the weight that ensnared them from living freely. The realization that their life hinged on healthier habits was the turning point.
Binge eating was a method for this client to try and bring control back into their life. However, many false senses of control tend to work their way into our lives through anorexia, bulimia or OCD tendencies. We feel as though we need to maintain a certain level of control over our life and food is the medium to do so. After all, our digital society expects an image of perfection for both men and women. Binge eating, anorexia and bulimia all have major health risks involved, both long-term and short-term. They may seem like a way to maintain control of a life out-of-control, but there are healthy and better ways! So let’s dive into a way to control the controls!
Find the middle ground
Finding that middle ground is the ideal mentality for conquering controlling and unhealthy habits. Everyone is different, so each person’s food compromising strategies will be slightly different. Below are a couple examples of simple compromises that help improve success for any diet (diet-not as in a crash diet or some infomercial that sucks you in, just the foods you are CONSCIOUSLY eating)!
Eliminating Trigger Foods - I once spoke with a lady that was in decent shape. As we were speaking the topic of food came up. She stated that she lost around 80 lbs, I couldn’t believe it! She informed me that that her temptations were chips and ice cream. She couldn’t stop eating once she started, often eating an entire ½ gallon of ice cream or entire bag of chips in one sitting! Her story, however simple, is a great example of eliminating the temptation and finding a middle ground where she can enjoy ‘non-trigger foods’ and begin to start in the right direction of healthy weight loss!
Cheat Meals - The middle ground for many who are actively working out is often a cheat meal or cheat day. This mentality of allowing unhealthy foods into your diet once or twice a week actually improves overall success of any weight loss program. Extremely strict eating habits have their downfalls as well. Eating with friends and family becomes a hindrance and the change of binge eating actually increases when re-introduced to unhealthy foods.
Eating sweets – A middle ground for many is finding something that is sweet but healthy. Rather than chomping down on sweet chocolate after a meal, a piece of fruit or cacao/unsweetened chocolate can crush that craving and keep you on your goal of healthy weight loss!
The Exercise Control Freak
Losing any amount of weight should be founded upon a healthier lifestyle. Maybe you have lost control of your eating somewhere in your life. Make the change today! #todayfortomorrow ! Just check the streaming news stories in the health and exercise sections on your tablets or primary news source. There are more and more articles being posted that prove healthy diets coupled with exercise not only decrease morbidity, but that of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and so many other ailments! If those don’t change your thought process, who knows what will!
When it comes to exercise and diet, there is a difference between being a control freak and being disciplined. Discipline with diet and exercise based around the fundamental health benefits is crucial. Society’s view on exercise is often that of negativity because the majority of American’s are overweight and heading down the path to early morbidity. Disciple is something that is lacking throughout society.
One may argue that control is necessary for discipline, but let us keep it focused on why we are exercising in the first place- to live longer and better! So keep in mind, that if relationships begin to suffer because of obsessive exercise and dieting, it may be time to re-evaluate your 'controls'!
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Let us know what has helped you succeed with weight loss and a healthy lifestyle!
By Brian Vernetti
Quality Nutrition = Quality Training
Eating smart not only makes your feel better and exercise more efficiently but aids in a lifestyle that is less prone to disease and other health complications.