Are you one of those people who is constantly dieting? Do you always think of what to eat at your next meal before you’ve even finished eating? Do you feel guilty about what you’ve eaten? Perhaps you find it hard to pass on food when you’re already full? If you’re familiar with these questions then you are probably also aware that dieting does not work. In fact it just exacerbates the problem. Some boffins call it the eat-repent-repeat cycle. But according to these experts, there is a way to break out of this cycle. They say that the only way to break your eat-repent-repeat cycle is to learn how to eat what you love fearlessly and love what you eat mindfully.
Here are the steps to get you started which I cam across during my research.
- Let go of the idea that there is a perfect diet that will finally solve your problems. The answer lies within you.
- Whenever you have an urge to eat, instead of focusing on the food, first ask yourself, “Am I hungry?”. Remember that hunger is a physical feeling. It’s not the same thing as appetite, cravings, or the desire to eat.
- If you are hungry, remember that there are no “good” or “bad” foods. You’re less likely to over eat certain foods if you know that you can have them again when you really want them.
- Eat mindfully with intention and attention. Eat with the intention of feeling better when you’re done than you did when you started. Eat with attention to the appearance, aromas, flavors, and textures and to your body’s signals of satiety.
- Stop eating when hunger is gone but before you feel full, even if there’s food left. Remember, eating the right amount of food isn’t about being good, it’s about feeling good.
- If you’re not hungry, ask yourself if something in your environment triggered your urge to eat and what you could do to reduce the trigger or redirect your attention away from it. For instance, could you put the chocolate out of sight or do something else for a while until you’re actually hungry? If there was an emotional trigger, ask yourself what you could do to better cope with that emotion. When a craving doesn’t come from hunger, eating will never satisfy it.
- Don’t expect yourself to be perfect—it’s not possible—or necessary. Instead, treat each “mistake” as a learning opportunity.
Do let me know your thoughts! 🙂