Staying On Track When All We Want To Do Is Comfort Eat

Staying On Track When All We Want To Do Is Comfort Eat

Guest article provided by: James Brittain

There comes a time in all weight loss regimes when we say “#### it!” and hunker down in front of the fire, switch on the telly and tuck into a plate of something sweet and unhealthy accompanied by a tooth rotting fizzy drink or a glass or bottle or 2 of our favourite tipple (or both). The only exercise we seem to get is the long walk to the fridge! More often than not, we feel huge guilt and this feeling perpetuates the problem, because we continue to comfort eat to get over the bad feelings. Guess what?? It doesn’t work, we still feel bad!

When the nights become darker and the days become colder our motivation to lose the excess pounds wane. We also have another reason to comfort eat and tuck into the doughnuts in 2020 when our lives have changed so drastically in response to coronavirus.

Here are some tips I hope you will find useful to keep you on track and achieve the health and body that you deserve.

  1. Keep yourself motivated.

Set yourself a goal which is something that you truly want, which excites you when you think about yourself achieving it. Set a weight and body that would really make you feel like the best version of you. Please go for what you want and not what you think is possible or realistic, this is not exciting, going for the gold medal is!

Think about the new, exciting version of you, visualise the reaction you get from those who love you, then think about what you will and can do when you have that new healthy body. Make a list of what you can and will be doing on a piece of paper. Take your time and visualise yourself doing all these things, feel that excitement, because you can and will do it. Look at this piece of paper regularly, visualise your achievements and feel great. When you find yourself approaching a “#### it” moment remind yourself of your goals and ask “is it worth it”. Of course the answer may be yes, and that’s okay, which leads me to my second point.

2. Give yourself permission to eat unhealthily now and again.

Just because you have eaten a few more calories and carbs than you wanted, so what? I hope you enjoyed it. You can now go back to enjoying eating healthy, life giving foods. By saying we are not allowed to do something it makes us want to do it more! Tell a child not to do something, sit back and watch, it won’t be long before he or she does it! By giving ourselves permission, we can adopt a “take it or leave it” attitude.

3. Check to see if we are eating because we are hungry or emotional.

Emotional hunger comes from the neck up, true hunger comes from the neck down.

4. Keep hydrated.

We often think we are hungry, but we are actually thirsty. Drink a large glass of water, wait 10 minutes and if you are still hungry have something to eat. Drink water often throughout the day water is massively good for us (have a quick google!)

5. Make excercise fun.

Let me dispell a myth, you don’t have to go to the gym, run for 5 kilometres, have the dry heaves,throw up etc. to take excercise. So long as you get your heart beating a bit faster, and what you are doing is fun then go for it! Try closing the curtains putting on your favourite music, and dancing like no one is watching, or vacuuming like you are in a vacuuming race! Walking the dog a bit faster and further than normal. Whatever floats your boat. Excercise gets your natural endorphins flowing, you feel better, and have less need to comfort eat.

I hope this is helpful to you.

If you need help in shedding the pounds, get in touch, my job is magnificent I love to help people become the person they truly wish to be.

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