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How to Do It

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

I know this sounds simplistic, but the way to get weight loss going is to just do it. Put away all your excuses. Give up all your thoughts about how hard and how long it is going to take. Just start today and divide the day up into 3 or 4 hour increments and then just concentrate on one block of time. You choose to eat just enough food to fuel you for 3 or 4 hours. That is all you need. You don't have to feel stuffed. You only have to take the edge off of feeling hungry. Then when those few hours are up, you repeat this process again. It really is just that simple.

So what gets in the way? Thoughts. That is all that gets in the way of success. When you start thinking that you are hungry, that you need a certain food, that you can't do this because it is too difficult. All those things are just thoughts. When you understand that these thoughts are part of the old habits that your brain has always thought, then you can begin to start thinking something new. So when you think you are hungry, you can choose to think I might be hungry but I might also just be having a craving. Or I might be thirsty. Or more than likely it is neither of these - and you are just having an automatic thought that you have had for years and years -- that a couple hours have passed and now I want to eat. The best thing you can learn to do is to sit with this feeling and understand that nothing bad is going to happen if you don't eat. Then when your next meal time rolls around you get to eat once again, just enough food to make you feel comfortable. You should be comfortable enough to go out and take a nice walk. There is no reason to ever eat to full. We all have enough food and don't have to worry that we are going to starve to death.

Think about how much money you can save if you only eat when you are hungry and only eat enough until you are comfortable but not stuffed. After you do this for a few days you will be surprised by how small amount of food you really need to feel satisfied. And it is also really surprising how if you sit with the feeling of being a bit hungry, you can push out the time between eating by an hour or so. And then the best part is when you can finish dinner and not eat again until the morning.

All of these new habits will be uncomfortable at first. Our brain wants to always take us back to the comfort zone it has lived in forever. So that is the most important part of making these small changes. You have to stay on alert to the triggers that the brain is sending. Once you do this for a couple weeks, the brain starts to give up wanting to take control. When it learns that you are the one in control now, it will eventually give in and those cravings will die down and you will start to feel the momentum of losing weight take over. So try it. Just commit to doing it for a couple weeks. It can change your life.

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