During the Weight Loss Process There’s a Whole Lot of Teaching Going On
Posted Jul 04 2013 2:34pm
When you are trying to lose excess weight, you are teaching
yourself a lot that is new. You’re teaching yourself new ways to eat, new ways
to think and feel, and setting and implementing new goals for yourself. It may
not seem like what you are teaching yourself is new because you probably have
been doing these things in non-eating situations forever and ever. What you are
trying to teach yourself to do, though, in connection with losing your unwanted
weight is new in the context of trying to lose weight.
One thing you will be teaching yourself to do is to
dissociate or disconnect your old weight-gaining behaviors from the context of
food. You will be teaching yourself not to respond to all the old signs,
signals, and cues that triggered weight-gaining behavior like overeating or
eating too many calorie-rich foods. You probably will also be teaching yourself
to associate something unpleasant with your old weight-gaining behavior, so that
you are not likely to revert to this behavior.
By the same token, you will be teaching yourself to
associate something pleasant with your new weight loss behavior, things like
self-restraint, setting and implementing new weight reducing goals, new thinking,
and new ways of coping emotionally with trying to do something that has been
hard for you to do.
When it comes to losing your unwanted weight, there is
definitely a whole lot of teaching going on.