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“Do not be afraid of simplicity. If
you have a cold chicken for supper, why cover it with a tasteless
white sauce which makes it look like a pretentious dish on the buffet table at
some fancy dress ball?”
X. Marcel Boulestin, chef, food writer (1878-1943)
Believe it or not! Legalizing food is critical to your
relationship with food. It frees you to respond from eating signals that have
been smothered by negative thoughts and guilt feelings about eating. If you don’t
truly believe that you can eat whatever food you like, you will continue to
feel deprived, ultimately overeat, and be blocked from feeling satisfied with
your eating. Knowing your close ties with food and destroying your adverse
psychological attraction to food, any cuisine will certainly loses its power.
True or not?
This trailer on the unfounded fears that stop obese individual to undergo
weight loss therapy can best seen as the dieter’s own unconscious defeatist
won’t stop eating
tried it before.
will overeat next time.
won’t eat healthily
Enough of this prelude, let’s study in details these unfounded fears.
Unfounded Fear No. 1 Uncontrollable Habit: I
won’t stop eating.
At first, you may experience an overpowering fear that you won’t be able to
stop eating a favorite forbidden food. But remember when you know that
forbidden food will always be allowed the urgency to have large qualities of
them, eventually dissipates. Research shows that people will tire of eating the
same kind of food-it's called habituation.
Unfounded Fear No. 2. Pseudo-Permission: I
have tried it before.
When dieters ‘allowed’ themselves to eat certain foods, they overate and
felt out of control. But for most people these foods were never really
unconditionally allowed; rather, they were only given pseudo-permission. These
forbidden foods were actually "be eaten with a sense of temporarily
"breaking the rules, or with a little voice saying "you really
shouldn't eat that."
When eating the feelings of guilt and remorse flooded in. And with these
feelings came a conviction to limit these foods in the future. And counter this
indulgence by "eating right" tomorrow. Although physically eating the
food, they were emotionally depriving themselves in the future. And so the
cycle was perpetuated. Pseudo permission does not work. It's only an illusion.
Let’s give a loud shout to unfounded fear number three. OK?
Unfounded Fear No. 3. A Self-Fulfilling
Prophecy: I Sure Will Overeat Next Time
Sometimes just the thought that you will overeat is enough to actually make
you do it. Some dieters initially have the strong conviction that white flour
would cause them to overeat. Such people have created a self-fulfilling
prophecy. These people ‘knew’ these foods were fattening; they ‘knew’ they
would binge and they ‘knew’ they would gain weight. Every time they gave in to
their white bread, they sincerely told themselves that this would be the last time.
Of course, they ended up overdoing- the depriving thoughts and feelings, along
with their sense of being bad, spin them out of control.
The next fear may be the last but believe me, it just as important fear.
Unfounded Fear No. 4. Force of Habit. I won’t eat healthily
When people are given free choice and access to all varieties of food
after" going through the peace” process, they end up balancing their
intake to include mostly nutritious foods with a smattering of "play
foods." In eating process, nutrition is not the driving force. If
nutrition were the overriding priority now, it would only perpetuate your
restrictive thoughts. As you go further along with the process and all foods
are completely allowed, your natural signals will give you good advice. Get my
To sum up these unfounded fears why most obese individual are hesitant to
embark on a dieting program are, firstly the obese person as a habitual glutton
will not stop overeating. Secondly the dieter believes wrongly that many
dieting program she has been tried before and will not work now. Thirdly,
thinking she has no will power, dieter will overeat whenever exposed to food.
And finally out of habit, the obese individual will overindulge in her favorite
‘junk’ foods. Clear enough for you to remember and practice? A big ‘YES’ if you
To wrap up this article, let me just say this. Your years of frustration
and guilt for not reaching your goals will be finally being over. And you will
be able to attain a stable, comfortable, and close-to-perfect weight. It will
take some effort and commitment on your part to banish the unfounded fears, but
once you get going, the whole experience will be like taking the blindfold off
and living your life as it should be. You can take my words for it! Agreed?