Join Keysa and I as we explore the world of dieting and whether or not it’s a good idea for you. We discuss what a diet is, talk about our own experiences and offer guidance on how to figure out if it’s for you. At the end we also answer a listeners question about gradually introducing healthier foods. Find the FREE questionnaire below as well as our contact information to find out more or work with us!
Commitment: What is your commitment? What is the reason you want to lose weight? And is it strong enough to keep you from overeating or eating foods that promote weight gain? Weight loss is not always easy, so are you willing to feel uncomfortable in order to lose weight?
Why? Look at the reasons why you want to lose weight. Maybe it is to look better in a swimsuit, or to impress your husband or partner. If this is a compelling reason for you and will motivate you, then go for it. Maybe it’s for your wedding, or maybe you have chronic diseases and your doctor said you needed to lose weight. Whatever the reason, as long as it is compelling enough and will work for you, go for it.
Support: Finding support either through a weight loss group, friends and family, or a health coach, support will help motivate you help you stay accountable for what you choose to eat. You can share your struggles and someone will be there to support you.
Predict obstacles: This one is simple; get a piece of paper and divide it into two columns. Write down all of your obstacles on one side and write down everything you will need to do to overcome each obstacle on the other column.
Plan ahead! Planning ahead is fantastic! When I plan my weekly menu, I write it down on paper and stick it to my fridge. I buy all the groceries I need, and then refer to the menu when I need to make a meal. It takes all the thinking about “what am I going to eat?” out of my head. I think about food less, and subsequently have more time to think about and spend on other things, like playing with my daughter, preparing for clients, and working on my website.
Questionnaire to help you decide if you are ready to go on a diet
Any time you are eating for any reason other than hunger- eating for entertainment, because you’re bored, because you are sad, etc
The idea of weight loss is actually quite simple, right? Eat less than your body needs and it will use the fat off of your body. Eat more than you need and you will store fat.
The problem is that we are using food to solve problems other than hunger. Every time we try to diet, restrict, eat “healthy” foods that we don’t enjoy, is that all of the emotions that we have been stuffing down show up. That can feel incredibly scary when we don’t know how to feel our emotions. We don’t like to feel negative emotions. Fear, boredom, irritation, dissatisfaction, anger, worry, shame, disappointment, guilt. It can all feel like too much. So we eat.
Listen to our talk about what emotional eating is, what causes it, and how to start taking steps to stop using food to buffer your feelings.
When you’ve been working hard to focus on your health all year, it can be difficult to figure out how to keep up that focus during the holiday season. We want to enjoy our holidays, but celebrations are often based around food and decadent desserts. So how do you stay healthy without gaining a ton of weight? Keysa Amaro, Health Coach has the answers for you in our Healthy Holiday Eating Podcast: