Are Your Labels Sabotaging Your Efforts?

A BAD DAY, A BAD MEAL – Why?

One thing that struck me while chatting with people this week is many people telling me, “I’ve had a bad day”, “bad meal”, “I can’t help it I eat well all week and then the weekend comes and I binge”.

How long does this binge last? All day, how many calories is this binge? Is it actually a binge or just a bit more food than usual?

Whatever it is, is it really bad?

I don’t see food as good or bad, its food. It’s a combination of fats, protein and carbs (alcohol if we want to include the 4th macro-nutrient but you see my point).

It’s not the food that’s made you feel bad it’s your label of it being bad that’s made you feel bad about it.

There isn’t one good and one bad, it’s just how things are.

The more you focus on this the more you can’t get them out of your head. The White Bear Problem.

The White Bear problem

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ironic_process_theory)

The more we try to suppress something the more likely they are to surface. Trying not to think of a White Bear and you’re more likely to imagine one (you just did, didn’t you?).

That’s the same with food, it can make it more likely that you’ll think of it.

Let’s say you’re invited out to dinner, you could say no but nah you like these people so you better go but you’re on a “diet” so you say to yourself I’m NOT going to drink, I’m NOT going to have dessert, I’m NOT going to have BBQ wings and hot sauce dip (sorry I just happened to think of these and my white bear!!)

Your brain can be a real arse about this and only remembers drink, dessert and BBQ wings & dip! Guess what you’ll want all night!

Try this

Instead of saying NO, try saying

“I’m going to have X drinks”
“I’ll have X wings”
“I’ll have 1 slice of cake”

If you try it, let me know how you get on.

Have a great day.

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I am Michael the owner of Fit & Able Fitness. I am very passionate about helping and guiding people to improving their health and fitness. Showing them it isn't all about starving yourself and hours slogging away in a gym!