Everybody eats. Which is why people are so willing to throw in their two cents when it comes to any nutrition debate. One thorny issue has to do with meal frequency and weight control. There are those who ‘just say no’ to snacking – the ones who restrict themselves to three meals a day, period. In their view, snacking is simply a bad habit that can pile on the pounds. In the opposite corner are those who say that small, frequent meals will help control hunger, so it’s better to eat five or six times a day. Read more »
Posts tagged: weight control
Last week, I was interviewed by one of our local news channels about a ‘new’ strategy for weight loss. The idea goes a little bit beyond “thinking your way thin” – which focuses on behavior change when it comes to food choice – to something more like, “believing your way thin”. It’s basically an attitude adjustment. If you tell yourself – and believe – that you’re already a healthy, active person who eats well, then you’re much more likely to behave like one. And those healthy behaviors should, in turn, lead you closer to your goal.
The psychology of weight loss focuses mostly on shifting one’s approach to food – like determining what it is that leads to overeating, and how to replace bad behaviors with good ones. It also means teaching our inner voices to ‘talk nice’. Positive self-talk means that we don’t beat ourselves up when we slip – instead, our inner voices remind us that just because we slipped, it doesn’t mean we have to fall.