There is so much information about nutrition and exercise that a naturally skinny person might wonder why people gain weight and keep it on. There are two huge problems with information overabundance:
-No two “diet” books will give you the same solution to your problem. Some say to cut carbs but eat as much fat as you want, some say that fat is the devil but carbs are okay. -Very few help you get to the root of the problem: Why are you eating so much in the first place?? How do you change your habits permanently? The answer is NOT willpower.
I didn’t decide to start a dancer body series because I think I have the ultimate diet plan or have discovered the ultimate weight loss regiment. However, since loosing 20 pounds over the course of approx. 5 months, I’m asked all the time: WHAT ARE YOU DOING? HOW ARE YOU DOING IT?
Before trying to change your lifestyle and your eating habits, you have to discover why you’re eating so much in the first place and correct your emotional imbalances. If you’re willing to do that, eating less and eating right will work for you because you’ll truly be eating for sustenance.
A person doesn’t need to have an eating disorder to have disordered eating habits. Similarly, a person doesn’t need to be anorexic to have a warped body image and be in denial about their relationship with food. Telling a person with an eating disorder to grab a burger is positive reinforcement: if people think they’re so thin, they’re doing something right.
To find balance with yourself and your own relationship with food, you have to do two things: accept that you have an unhealthy relationship with food, and be truly willing to make changes. If you want to develop a healthier lifestyle or if you’re curious about how dancers eat the information I provide will be useful to you.
TRY THIS TOMORROW: DRINK MORE WATER Before running to the vending machine when you’re hungry, ask yourself if you are truly physically hungry or if you just want something to eat. Often, our habits kick in and we don’t even listen to our bodies*. People often mistake thirst for hunger*. Is your mouth dry? That doesn’t mean you need a pack of gummy bears or a snickers bar. You might even find yourself running to the vending machine (or other food venue) out of habit, not hunger. Listen to your body, have a glass of water, and if you’re still hungry grab something with protein. How about those nuts? Protein gives you sustainable energy and takes longer to process, keeping you satiated for longer.
* Is this your problem? Are you a habitual foodâ€“grabber? Do you eat instead of drinking? Be honest with yourself. Denial isn’t getting you anywhere.
Good post. I think many of us have something that triggers us to eat. Can you watch a movie without popcorn? When you're procrastinating about cleaning out you closet do you grab a snack instead? It's up to us to find those triggers.