Weighing, measuring and counting your food sounds so tedious. In her commercial Marie Osmond forgot to mention going to meetings too. Ugh! Who wants to go through all that just to lose weight?
We could just sign up for one of those weight loss services that deliver the psuedofood to our doors. All we have to do is heat and eat and lose weight! What could be easier?
Maybe, at worst, we might have to go pick up our own pseudofood and a private weigh-in and meeting with a counselor. That’s still got to be better than weighing, measuring, counting and group support meetings! Still a good way to lose weight, right?
Yes? Maybe? No?
I’d say, “no.”
I like fresh food. I like to be able to eat a wide variety of foods. I like to prepare my own meals, eat at the homes of friends and family and to dine out. I don’t want to eat pseudofood while everybody else gets to eat something wonderful. I don’t want to be “cheating” if I don’t eat the diet entree I brought along with me to eat in lieu of the real food everybody else is enjoying.
I got tired of the cycle of losing/gaining/losing/gaining. I wanted to lose weight, eat food I enjoy in control and without guilt.
I realized that I needed to confront my issues with food, portions, and inability to eat in balance and moderation. There was a price to pay to learn new behaviors so that I could lose weight, reach goal, and remain at goal.
I resigned myself to do the tedious work that I’d been avoiding. I needed to learn how to estimate portions, and how to recognize satiety before reaching the point of uncomfortably full. I needed to learn how to understand that the feelings of ravenous hunger I often experienced were driven by something other than a homeostatic need for fuel and how to respond without eating. I needed to learn how emotions, lack of sleep, and sedentary behavior affected my eating patterns and I needs to learn how to manage them.
It all came down to this. I needed to weigh, measure and count. I needed to go to meetings to gain insight into my behavior from a group of people who struggled with the same habits. I thought I was independent and didn’t need support from anybody and I was wrong. Reinforcing my new eating and exercising habits in an environment of group support was what enabled me to make real and lasting progress.
Eventually I got to the point where weighing and measuring were no longer necessary. I got in touch with my inner ability to know how much to eat and when to stop. I learned to trust myself by building my food choices on good-tasting foods that were nutrient-dense (mostly whole, unprocessed foods) rather than energy-dense (high in calories).
Sometimes we got to do what we would rather avoid to get what we really want!