Your true enemy when it comes to long-term weight-loss
I’ve been listening to this great book - Mini Habits for Weight Loss by Stephen Guise.
He says a lot of smart stuff in there.
But one line stood out above all others.
It is probably the main reason most people don’t succeed at weight loss in the long term.
Losing weight (or just being healthy) is NOT about eating less food.
It is about eating MORE “healthy” food.
Now I’m not down with the idea that there are “healthy” and “unhealthy” foods in general, because everyone’s body is unique and responds differently to different foods at different times. (That’s why a big chunk of our course is spent teaching you how to tune into your body so you know what it wants, when it wants it - not what your brain thinks you need). But that’s another story for another day.
My point today is:
People get so stuck on this idea of “calories-in, calories-out”, that they lose track of the idea of food as nutrition. That some foods have nutrients in them and others don’t.
Even if you don’t actively count calories, I bet you probably are ‘aware of how much food you’re eating’, i.e. judging how well you’re doing on any given day based on the amount of food you’ve put in your mouth.
Yes, of course quantity matters.
But trying to limit what you eat is not where you start (even though that’s what everyone else will tell you).
What matters more than quantity, is quality.
Think about this:
What’s better than eating a cookie?
Eating a cookie
What’s better than eating french fries?
Eating french fries
What’s better than eating french fries and something green?
Eating french fries,
doing a push up.
If you think of food as just calories-in, calories out, you’re not going to eat the carrot because you’ve already eaten the cookie, and why would you want to have to “work-off the ‘extra’ calories”?
That line of thinking, while it seems to make sense in people’s heads, leads to poorer and poorer food choices in reality.
And this is not even taking into consideration the elephant in the room:
That food-deficit thinking is scarcity based, and leads people to eat more over time.
But when you start by feeding your body what it wants (even as an addition to the stuff it doesn’t), how much you eat will naturally work itself out.
Anyway, take it for what it is.
But if you can rip apart the idea of deficiency and health in your brain, you will be quantum leap years ahead of most folks on your journey to health.
if you want to learn how to do this, it’s just one of “The Basics” we teach in our “Do It Right, Do It Once” program.
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Kate (& Jason)