I was watching a British show today about people who have no idea why they are the weight that they are. Countless participants of the show claim that they should not be the weight that they are because they eat very little and exercise a lot. The show is equipped with not only cameras in every room in the participants household, but also had two private investigators who followed these people around to determine what they were actually eating.
It was hilarious. I was shocked at how shocked these people were. They had to keep a food diary that they were obviously biased towards because at the beginning of the show the calories consumed were always lower than their daily recommended intake. At the end of the episode the show showed them what they actually ate. Te show showed them what they had actually eaten that week by spreading out on a table the food consumed and it is always the same; loads of carbs on carbs on carbs on carbs. Every. Single. Time. What really gets me is the reactions, “No! Oh no! I didn’t eat that!”….but….obviously you did. Why the questioning?
This is why the Emotionally Focussed Eating Program is such a help on the journey to lose weight. Not only do you get to learn how to be accountable with yourself but you actually get to learn what is inside food and how it effects and affects you. The program deals with the nutritious side of the diet AND the emotional side.
Some of the participants in the show ‘Secret Eater’ would get so upset about being shown their bad habits that they would walk out crying. I truly believe that they had this reaction not only because they honestly had no idea, but because they realized internally that their feeling of safety is being compromised.
As a result they can no longer turn to food because they have seen what it has done to them. They look compulsive and (if I am being frank) piggish on the videos of them eating take-aways and chocolate bars, piling on the mash potatoes, noodles, gravy and God only knows what else.
If you have been overweight for years changing your habits and losing weight is not only hard but TONS of people can’t do it because they don’t understand that they have to change their entire life to do it.
In order to create change you have to change your conscious AND subconscious coping skills, you have to change your focus from constantly thinking about food to something else, you have to practice developing self-control, find a support system, go out and find things that aren’t related to this addiction of over-eating, which in and of itself is tough because if you start to pay attention, food is everywhere!
Food is at meetings, work, before a get-together, after a get-together, during a get-together, partying, hanging out, watching a movie, food is always present.
To get control of your addiction to food you must not only learn the effects of food, affects of food, what is in food, and how to pay attention to how much food you are eating, but you must also learn why you have started to direct yourself towards food in the first place and deal with it actively.
This means going to therapy and the terms of the Brits, ‘get it sorted’ so you can kick the habit.
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