It Is About Why You Eat, Not What You Eat

Aug 15 07:03 2008 Cathy Wilson Print This Article

Your weight and body issues don't have anything to do with food. It isn't what you eat but why you eat. One of the problems with weight loss surgery and diet programs is our belief that they hold the answer. If only we can follow them, they will work for us. Unfortunately for many of us, we didn't experience long-term weight loss success. Did we fail? No. Absolutely not! The diets failed because they are not the answer.

Your weight and food issues aren't about what you eat. It is about why you eat. It isn't about if you are hungry physically but your emotional eating. One of the problems with weight loss surgery and diet programs is our belief that they hold the answer. If only we can follow them,Guest Posting they will work for us. Unfortunately for many of us, we didn't experience long-term weight loss success. Did we fail? No. Absolutely not! The diets failed because they are not the answer. As effective of a tool as weight loss surgery and diet programs can be, they aren't the answer. What?? I'm a weight loss and weight loss surgery coach, and a weight loss surgery post-op of seven years and I'm telling you that surgery and diet programs aren't the answer? How can that be?

Actually, I am a weight loss and weight loss surgery coach because you need to develop your own program that is special and customized for you. The answer is inside of you. Organized diet programs and plans make us the same and apply their cooker cutter approach to dieting. We are all different and unique. Rather than a diet plan telling you what is best for you. You need your OWN program that is custom just for you and your needs. You can develop coping strategies to combat emotional eating, food triggers, compulsive overeating, and head hunger that are the answer that is yours.

Food and weight issues aren't about the food. Food is the symptom, not the problem. The key to weight loss success is to discover for yourself why you overeat. If you do that personal work, food will become a non-issue. Food will be food - nothing more or less, and not a way to soothe, calm ourselves or self-medicate numb ourselves out. It isn't enough to find the right combination of foods, a certain food or other sort of limiting way to eat. Aside from true physical hunger, it is about becoming aware of what drives you to eat. You may think it is because you are hungry. In your head, you might be. Some of the feelings and emotions that drive us to eat emotionally are anger, lonely, tired, boredom, sadness or other emotions and situations that cause us to feel we aren't in control. Head hunger can be so strong that it masquerades as physical hunger.

Food doesn't hold the answer for your food triggers-you do. Food is food. It is nothing more than a source of nutrition and replenishment for your body and energy. We make it an emotional issue of what to eat, what not to eat, when to eat, when not to eat, and the accompanying negative emotions. There isn't any power or magic component in food.

Pay attention to the emotions and situations that cause cravings, drive you to emotionally overeat and are food triggers. By dealing with the emotions, you put food into its proper perspective. It puts you in the driver's seat of your diet to move full speed to achieve your weight loss goal.

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Cathy Wilson
Cathy Wilson

Cathy Wilson is a certified life coach specializing in weight loss. Cathy lost 147 pounds seven years ago. Her passion is to help clients achieve weight loss and life goals. Cathy works with clients to create a weight loss life plan custom to each client. Cathy is a member of the International Coaching Federation, International Association of Coaches, and Obesity Action Coalition. Visit Cathy's website: http://www.LoseWeightFindLife.com

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