If you’ve been dieting for many years, you have probably come to believe that the only way you can lose weight is to cut out most of the foods that you love eating. The very thought of this might make you feel defeated before you even start the diet. If you get as far as starting the diet, you might start getting overwhelming cravings for your favourite foods that eventually cause you to binge on all your restricted foods.
As I mentioned earlier, when eating mindfully we don’t pass judgement on ourselves nor the food we are eating. It has actually been proven that our thoughts about the foods we eat directly impact how our bodies digest it. So if you stress that the food you are eating is going to make you fat, it probably will!
Moderation is key. You can eat any food once in a while and not put on weight. The interesting thing is that if you allow yourself to eat any food, it actually diffuses the desire to eat it all the time or to overeat on it when you do have it. You know you can have it whenever you feel like it, so chances are better that you’ll wait to eat it until you actually do feel like it.
The more you listen to your body, the more you will know when you feel like, or really need, a certain food. You will also savour and enjoy the food more if you eat it mindfully. When you eat the food mindfully, you’ll be more aware of when you have had enough.
9 Weight Loss Tips to Lose Weight Without Dieting
How do you lose weight without dieting? Yes, it is possible. The beauty of losing weight without dieting is that you never have to go off the diet, so the weight you lose stays off. If, like me, you’ve tried many times to diet, lost the weight, only to go back to your old ways and put the weight all back on again, plus more, it’s time to try mindful eating. I’ve been using mindful eating practices for the last 20 years and have never experienced weight problems again. My mind is free from the obsessive chatter about food and my weight. I can still eat all the foods I love and have found the right balance for me to still keep the weight off. Here’s a summary of how you can have that same freedom.[Read More…]