Hello!! HAPPY Wednesday :D
How are you?! How's your week going so far?! My week is going much better!! I'm super HAPPY to be posting right now and got in lots of good cardio over the last 24 hours, so my life's feeling more normal after our crazy (lol) move to Lodi :)
I found the following article in the Women's Health magazine and want to share it! Weight loss advice...no willpower...no problem!! It's a good read for men too, so don't go anywhere :D
The willpower myth...1 key thing the research on self-control has yet to prove? That it actually helps you lose weight. Keri Glassman, R.D., explains why you don't need to put doughnuts, or any food, on lockdown.
How many times have you sworn off nachos or chocolate or bread or whatever? As a society, and especially when it comes to weight loss, we put a lot of stock in the idea of willpower, that being tough enough to resist temptation is the only way to slim down. In fact, in a Women's Health poll, "more willpower" topped responses about what it would take to get you to eat better. If only it were so easy ;)
- Restrain Drain
Willpower is like a muscle. You can increase its strength, but it still has limits. And, unlike your quads or glutes, you're flexing this 1 every time you see mouthwatering images on social media or pass fast-food joints that make junky grub available 24/7.
It can also be worn out by nonfood situations: We spend about 3 hours every day resisting impulses. For example, happy hour instead of gym time, splurging on pricey shoes instead of saving. It all draws from the same mental reservoir. No wonder you're tapped out by dinnertime!
Yet when willpower falters, we take the blame, believing we're lacking discipline, motivation, or organization (as the majority of respondents in 1 national survey did).
All that negativity is compounded by the constant focus on what you can't have (that cupcake) or won't do (eat carbs). These restrictions, on top of a fried "muscle," mean added stress. In response, your body releases cortisol, which can trigger cravings for exactly the kinds of fatty, sugary foods you want to avoid!
- A Different Kind Of Power
Now imagine giving up on willpower. Not by faceplanting in a tub of frosting, but by shifting your thinking. Instead of "I can't eat pie," try, "I'll just enjoy a bit." Then when you indulge, it comes from a place of power ("I'm choosing this"), not defeat ("I might as well"). When you're not stuck in the "want it, can't have it" cycle, you may even realize that blueberries would be just as satisfying.
Establishing good habits can make thinking of berries versus pie instinctual. Since habits are handled by a different part of the brain than the section that runs self-control, getting into the groove of reaching for fruit after a meal means you won't even engage the "should I or shouldn't I" part of your mind.
When you do eat something you wish you hadn't (and you will), cut yourself some slack. When you stop obsessing about willpower, you'll be able to make more empowered choices. And that'll make you healthier, maybe a little slimmer, and definitely a whole lot happier!
I LUV LUV LUV the saying: Every BODY Is A Work In Progress :D
Have a FITastic couple of days!
SEE YOU right back here on Fridayyyyy!!
Pamela Stewart, NASM Certified Personal Trainer and Weight Loss Specialist