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What a diet doesn’t do

Food and sex. Two things that, without them, we wouldn’t be alive. Even if one never had sex for the rest of one’s life (good luck with that), it all started with conception. And every day since there’s been an instinctual desire for food to keep it going.

Instincts love habits. Habitual thinking – or, rather, not really thinking (consciously) at all – means that the rest of the brain can be devoted to other things. Our brains are designed to do this. If we don’t have to put much thought into eating, then we can free up the mind’s bandwidth for other things. The idea of fast food plays on this. Those wily marketers know their audience well.

Just think about comfort food It’s got all the ingredients, so to speak – nostalgia/feeling good. High carbs, high fat, high calories. The feelings we want to feel combined with the stuff that we don’t want to eat if we’re trying to lose weight!

So, the usual reaction is to get on a diet. Ditch that comfort food, start eating stuff we should. Options abound for ways to do this: there are weight loss shakes, ready-made meals to pop in the microwave, recipes for low carbs, low fats. The “shoulds” start their snowball effect. So if eating is connected to pleasure, and you take the pleasure out, how long do you think the diet will last?

Learning a new way to cope is the key to changing this process. Finding out the trigger to what makes that old, bad behavior fire off a round. And putting something new in place. Simple as that, but not always easy. Let us dig into your particular reasons for sabotaging your best efforts. There may be more to it than you think, but finding it out isn’t as hard as you might believe. Get started today.

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