Feelings of Deprivation Can Cause Rebound Eating
Once you start down this eating frenzy you’re likely to fall into the trap of feeling guilty and all diets bets are off!I know what I’m talking about. It’s happened to me many times. If you’ve ever been on a diet for an extended period of time those feeling of not being able to eat or drink… (FILL IN THE BLANK) can build up and after a while you give in and start eating what ever that BLANK was… and then some. If you have a lot of weight to lose you need to be realistic about your weight loss journey and set small goals. I love hitting a new “9”. It’s like going from 255 to 249, and then 239. A new nine! And that’s just what I’ve done. When you’ve hit a series of these goals give yourself a reward. If that’s a day off program so be it. But the key is, it’s a day, not a week or six months. Be accountable to yourself. Here is what I found when I gave myself a food reward that I craved. I wanted pizza. (Why is it we Americans love pizza so much)? So I went to a gourmet pizza parlor here in Folsom on Sutter Street. They make the best. Topping are fresh and generous! My first two bites were heavenly…after that I actually thought to myself… “That was great, I enjoyed it but do I want to keep eating”? I was totally satisfied and done. I stopped eating. No damage done. No guilt. I was still in control. I filled that craving, avoided the feeling of deprivation, and that felt great! I’m not a pizza snob by any means. I enjoyed my reward but I also knew then and now… it’s not a lifestyle I do all the time. It was an at-a-girl reward for my hard work. Now my rewards tend to be more physical. My next reward is kayaking on Lake Natoma or indoor skydiving. I still have time to decide. Who want to try indoor skydiving with me? Rebound eating can be devastating to a long term weight loss program. So mentally keep it fresh and accountable.
5 Tips to feeling satisfied:
- Eat slowly.
- Chew your food 10 times and put your fork down between bites.
- Plate your food to make it visually attractive.
- Try new healthy meals. Change it up.
- Try new spices to give your meals exotic flavors.
Want to lose weight and get healthy? I am here to help.
Joyce Blonskij, Independent Certified Optavia Coach
Average weight loss on the Optimal Weight 5 & 1 Plan® is 12 pounds. Clients are in weight loss, on average, for 12 weeks.
Take Shape For Life (TSFL) company name was changed to Optavia