“One reason that people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up, rather than what they have to gain.” –Rick Godwin
How many of you don’t like the idea of dieting because you feel like you are giving up your favorite foods or that your diet will be boring and no fun?
Giving up the wrong foods and the wrong way of eating lets you gain so much in self-esteem and being healthy.
Let’s face it, you have been doing it “wrong” for years or you wouldn’t be here right now. I know that is true, I have lived it. And yes, you might have a health issue (like me) or aging (like me) and it is harder to lose weight and you can’t eat nearly all of the same things you used to love to eat.
Look at it this way. How lucky for you to eat all of those so-bad-for-you foods for so long, but now it is time to grow up and learn how to control yourself. You are not a child anymore and you don’t have to eat all of your favorite things every day.
I eat at a salad and sandwich shop a lot and every time I am there, I am shocked to see how many patrons who are overweight, buy a bag of potato chips with their healthy salad or sandwich. If you want to be thin, you must have portion control and you have to count carbs.
I don’t eat sandwiches for lunch anymore because there are anywhere from 11 to 36g of carbs PER slice of bread. And the bag of chips has about 14g of carbs. So, if you eat a sandwich with a bag of chips, you could be eating anywhere from 36 to 86g of carbs per lunch (without counting meat, cheese, etc) and sugary carby soda. If you want to lose weight, you have to eat between 50g and 100g of carbs per day and you just had almost all of it in one sitting. This is why people find it hard to eat right or diet. They have had NO idea how to count carbs and eat in a way that is conducive to a maintaining a normal weight. Now, you can eat all of this if you are going to go for a run later…but how many of you do that?
But, even my own family member who refused to change her food habits has finally changed after she was told she is VERY pre-diabetic. Do you have to wait until you are that sick to finally do the right thing for yourself? Go to Overeater’s Anonymous or a Medically supervised plan (like Lindora), join a workout club or group exercise (like my Pilates and Yoga–start with the beginner classes), but get help and do it right for the New Year–this year should have prosperity and well-being. Do it for yourself.