Your body is one smart customer and no matter what you say in your mind, your body knows what you are doing.
When I was 300 pounds, I tried valiantly to trick my body by playing mind games with myself.
Well, I’d reason, If I hide the empty chip bag or 50 “fun-size” Trix wrappers in the trash bag then those calories really won’t matter and it will be like I never ate them.
If I eat half a pan of brownies before breakfast, I can probably burn off all those calories by being more “active” around the house. Then I can still have a lunch and dinner dessert.
And yet another scenario for your enjoyment:
Two extra pieces of pizza really don’t matter because I had a diet coke with them.
No matter what games we play in our minds to justify our food choices, our body knows. It doesn’t talk to us, but it knows. Your body responds to the amount of food you eat as well as the types of foods you eat.
If you eat a lot of junk food, then you often feel junky. Especially if you have eaten a clean diet for any length of time and then stuffed your face with Snickers or hamburgers. (Not that that has ever happened to me. . .)
If you continually eat more calories than your body needs, you will eventually gain weight. Your body knows and responds.
For me, the mind games had to stop completely during my final weight loss journey. I realized that the games were not “working,” I was steadily gaining weight, and I had to put a stop to trying to trick my body.
Quite honestly, this was very, very difficult to do. You may not remember, but I’ve shared before and told the story in my book of ordering the largest entree on the menu instead of the entree that sounded good to me, waiting until I got home from a party to gorge myself with food, and hiding candy in my closet. Those behaviors were ingrained in my mind and I found myself trying to revert back to those unhealthy and unproductive behaviors many times during my weight loss journey and even into weight maintenance.
At one point during my 14 months of weight loss, I had lost about 50 pounds, and John and I went to an office party. I still remember eating lightly at the dinner party and then heading straight for the refrigerator when John and I got home. He asked me if I was still hungry, to which I replied, “Not really.” He shrugged and went into another room. I stood there with my hand on the refrigerator door handle thinking, “There I go again, trying to act one way in public and then eating in private when no one watches. Who am I fooling?”
Of course I wasn’t fooling anyone and not hurting anyone but myself.
There is no room for unhealthy mind games and attempts to trick your body in weight loss or weight maintenance. The only thing these behaviors do it keep you sucked into the same unhealthy vortex that likely got you in an unhealthy position in the first place.
To stop those behaviors I had to practice, practice, practice. I had to bring into the open unhealthy food behaviors I had and acknowledge that I was standing in my own way when it came to losing weight and getting healthy. It was a process, but well worth the effort.
I’d love to have you share any thoughts you have on how you have stopped playing mind games when it came to eating or any strategies you currently use. Diane