Do you criticize just about every nook and cranny of your body?
Do you have a tape running in your mind, telling you that you are too fat?
Self-talk can be so cruel!
Here is a newsflash:
The secret of successful, healthy weight management is not actually a secret.
The solution is NOT diets, magic pills or potions, or the latest celebrity regimen.
Nor is it about cleanses, one of the newest trends.
As a psychologist trained in science, I know that depending on how we look at data, science can ‘prove’ almost anything.
I also know that for claims to have credibility, a strong scientific basis is important.
Well-designed studies have documented what works when it comes to weight loss and maintenance.
Take a deep breath before reading any further.
Inhale to the count of four, and exhale to the count of five.
Slowing down your mind via your breath will help you to take in the prescription that is about to be revealed.
What works is
Relearning how to accurately identify hunger and fullness cues.
And how to respond congruently to those cues. It is also about allowing yourself to eat all foods in moderation
And not to exclude any, unless of course you have a taste aversion or allergy.
The other part of the algorithm is to find and to stick with a FUN, varied, movement plan. Find activity that you love to do, and that gets your body moving.
Do this most days of the week.
Try this for a month and let me know how it goes.
Fine tuning the plan is ongoing, at long as it is in a way that is based in self compassion, with nothing punitive about it.