The statistics for losing weight permanently through dieting alone are not very promising. Various research shows that 98% of people who lose weight through dieting regain it all within three years. This is because most diets are too restrictive and not sustainable in the long run. Entire food groups are often eliminated and calories are very low on these diets.
Most people prepare themselves to stick to a diet long enough to lose the weight and look forward to the day when they can go back to their old eating habits. Taking this approach sets them up for failure before they’ve even start.
The only way to lose weight permanently is by changing your attitude towards and your relationship with food. You have to change how you think about food to make healthy living and weight management sustainable.
To make lifestyle changes you will need to make permanent changes to your way of eating and your relationship with food. This will, in turn, lead to improved health and a more stable, ideal body weight. You cannot eat the way you’ve always eaten and still have the body you desire.
Achieving a healthy lifestyle and long-term weight loss is a hare and tortoise race. There are no extra points for being quick off the mark. What counts is going the distance and achieving the good health and body you desire. Becoming aware of your potentially poor relationship with food is the first step in your journey to wellness and achieving the body you’ve always wanted.
COMMON UNHEALTHY EATING HABITS INCLUDE
Binge eating (or binging)
Eating for taste
THE CAUSE OF WEIGHT GAIN
Overeating is the only way we can gain significant weight. Almost everyone overeats at some time or another. However, if your overeating is regular and uncontrollable, it may be regarded as binge eating or binging.
For most people, binging is a way of coping with stress or negative emotions. This type of compulsive eating usually ends up making them feel worse. A cycle soon perpetuates. Overeating is therefore only comforting for a brief moment.
When reality sets the regret and self loathing soon follows. Weight gain, even to the extent of obesity, often reinforces compulsive or binge eating. The worse the person feels about themselves, the more they use food to cope.
This becomes a vicious cycle; Eat to feel better . . . feel worse . . . turn to food for relief . . . and so it continues.