The biggest struggle we have when trying to lose weight is knowing what to eat. We often resort to diet books, programs, cleanses, you name it, we’ve all tried it. The measures we sometimes take to try and lose the unwanted pounds can get extreme. The problem with these approaches is they so often focus on what we can’t eat. Don’t eat carbs, stay away from sugar, too much protein is bad, eat protein at every meal, you can’t eat fruit after noon, don’t eat past 7, you better eat breakfast. It’s so confusing and so overwhelming. No wonder it sometimes feels next to impossible to get to where we want to be.
The biggest hurdle most people have is because the diet industry is so focused on what we can’t eat. What ends up happening is we hear our girlfriend tried this diet and she lost 20 pounds in 1 month, so naturally, we have to do this diet too. And, like most diet fads, we are given a whole list of foods we can’t have. But, we are determined. We want to look like our friend does. If she can do it then so can we. So we deprive ourselves. And, yes, we lose weight, but during this time we are feeling so deprived. We no longer find joy in eating. Mealtime becomes the opposite pleasurable. Meanwhile, we watch as our close family and friends enjoy a pizza, or a cup of ice cream, wholeheartedly wishing we could enjoy food again. And then finally, we are at a holiday party, and we can no longer hold back, we devour the party food, and then the next day we continue with letting ourselves eat whatever we want. Screw the diet. Inevitably any weight we lost is gained back and probably a few pounds more. We run into our friend, and she too has gained back those 20 pounds she lost.
This scenario is all too common. We have this inner conflict that tells us, “I want to be healthy, I want to have more energy, I want to feel good in my own skin, and I want to be able to fit into that little black dress I wore on my honeymoon.” So we try a diet, or cleanse, or strict workout routine in an effort to have these desires. But, at the same time, we have another side of us saying, “I want to enjoy food, I want meals to feel pleasurable, I want to taste something sweet and savory, this diet food of baked chicken and broccoli for the umpteenth time is not what I want to eat AGAIN!” And, that’s where we fail in our efforts to lose weight. Most of us give into the side that is seeking pleasure from food.
Can you see why it’s so difficult for us to maintain these diets for a long time and turn them into a lifestyle?
Our desire to eat satisfying pleasurable meals is so strong, and often times, these diets we tend to go on are so depriving. They are anything but pleasurable for most of us. That’s why so many people can only stick to these programs for a short period of time before quitting and ultimately gaining all their weight back.
Do you know how many people go on a diet and then gain the weight back (and sometimes a few extra pounds)?
That’s so crazy to me!
But a lot of times it’s because they are feeling so deprived in trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle that is not only sustainable, but also enjoyable. We naturally lean towards pleasure. And we often lean towards food to bring us that pleasure. Unfortunately, the food we have attached to as pleasurable is not always the healthiest for us. And the food we have learned to associate with as healthy does not always carry the label of being pleasurable.
So here’s the bad news:
We have to change our perception of what is pleasurable. Sometimes we crave food and we aren’t necessarily hungry. We are just craving the pleasure that particular food provides us. Part of the solution is discovering the differencee between craving nourishment for our bodies and craving pleasure.
We also have this hard wired imprint on our brain that healthy food is just not pleasurable. We have created an assumption that to lose weight I can’t eat the foods I enjoy. To many of us, it means we have to give up one thing (yummy, delicious food) to have something else (slim, fit, healthy body).
But, here’s the good news:
There is so much yummy, delicious food out there that is also healthy. You can have the slim, fit, healthy body and still enjoy the food you are eating. Just because you are eating healthy it doesn’t mean you have to give up taste. You can still eat food that is nourishing but also pleasurable.
There is also a way for you to identify when you are actually craving nourishment and when you are actually craving pleasure in your life. Understanding the difference between the two is crucial in achieving your health goals.
That’s where a health coach could really benefit you in becoming the best version of yourself. We all have health goals. We all have desires to look and feel a certain way. But with all the confusion and deprivation out their in the food, health, and wellness industry, so many people don’t know how to create a lifestyle that supports their health AND is enjoyable.
As your health coach, I can help you navigate through the confusion and help you focus on the foods you do get to eat. I have unique tools that can help you identify the foods that are the most health promoting for your body. Foods that give you energy. Foods that allow you to be the most productive employee, the most energetic parent for your kids, and foods that give you the presence to enjoy each moment. And do you want to know what the best part is? I can show you food that bring you pleasure and health. You don’t have to sacrifice one for the other. You can have both and I want to show you how. Please email me ASAP at email@example.com to schedule a FREE session with me.
In your FREE session, we will discuss the barriers you are experiencing when it comes to your health and some strategies to help you become the best version of yourself possible. I guarantee you will walk away from our time together with a strategy you can start implementing right away to become the best version of yourself possible. Don’t be part of the 98% who don’t maintain their wellness goals. Be part of the 2% that not only achieve their goals but also are able to maintain their results months and even years later. I want to help you be in that 2%. Message me now and we will set up your FREE session ASAP.
But before you go, I’m curious, what is your biggest struggle when it comes to losing weight? Are you in the 98% of people who lose weight and then gain it back? I love hearing from you, so let me know in the comments below.