How many times have you asked yourself this very same question? The question may be asked at the beginning of ones journey or even half way through when those awesome plateaus come into play….. either way I bet you’ve asked yourself or even your doctor this question.
What if I told you I may have part of the answer….. and no it’s not just the old “eat right and exercise” it’s a little more developed than that. While eating right and exercising certainly DO allow you to lose weight we can’t simply rely on that alone. We don’t all just wake up one day begin eating clean, run 5 miles 3 times a week and drop 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 pounds in a matter of weeks….. if that was the case no one would be overweight. The reasoning behind is your brain…… yep your good ol brain.
At my appointment with Shannon, at The Petteruti Center, this week we discussed the brain and how it indirectly effects they way and what we eat. Check it out:
“Eating is a primitive behavior. It originates from the brainstem, the part of our brain that has to deal with basic survival skills such as breathing, blood circulation, even reproducing. We can no sooner think our way through eating impulses then we can think our way through breathing. An over reliance on our perception of willpower and our belief that our intelligence can out wit our brainstem and its primitive behavior will lead to failure, the powerful impulse of the primitive brain requires a more fundamental remedy. Don’t rely on yourself to make good food choices when staring into the fridge at the moment of intense hunger when you haven’t stocked your home and fridge with good food choices….. “ - Dr. Petteruti
So how can we conquer the primitive brain? And what about those times where it’s not just hunger, but it’s emotional….. you feel the need for comfort?
We have to prepare, we have to have Premeditated Discipline. Dr. Petteruti describes Premeditated Discipline as simply planning ahead. Stock your cabinets, freezer, and fridge with foods you CAN and SHOULD eat, always have snacks on hand in case meals are spaced far a part due to last-minute meetings, traffic, etc…. this will prevent over eating as well as cheating.
Our shopping and cooking happen on subconscious levels, they are habit. That was one of the most difficult parts in the beginning of my journey, learning how to shop and cook in a whole new way, but it CAN be done. (Make a list, stick to the list, and don’t go hungry those are my personal tips!)
In short, changing your habits and they way we think and feel about food can provide the changes in our bodies we WANT to see….. easier said than done I know, believe me I know, but everyday is a new day and with small changes and a positive outlook you CAN do it.
Healthy Wishes, T
I want to know what your biggest food obstacle is, tell me in the comments below along with how you will out wit your brain and conquer it!