Don't let your appetite push you around
Our appetite can be like a well meaning but not so intelligent parent. It's obsessed with nothing other than our own survival, but only knows one way to do it and isn't aware of how the singular drive for more food can cause damage in other areas.
Everyone experiences hunger differently and for some, these urges are virtually impossible to ignore- evolution gone haywire in a way that can mean things like gastric bypass or other medical interventions are necessary.
But for the rest of us, far too many people are letting themselves be bullied or pushed around by their own appetites. We seem to have taken on a defeatist attitude that the only way to be healthy is to practice avoidance or to blame food itself for our choices.
The truth is that almost any type of food aside from the worst offenders can be integrated into a healthy diet. But because we admit defeat to our appetites before the battle even starts, we get stuck trying unrealistic diets that try to solve the problem by eliminating things that are delicious or cost effective and could be part of a diet where we lose weight and keep it off!
We resist urges all the time
It seems as if we almost have a different set of expectations around controlling urges with food than we do for other things in our lives. All day long we are faced with urges that we control and push through because we know the broader consequences are a problem.
If you're married or in relationship, the majority of people do a pretty good job of not cheating, at least not every day. It's normal for humans to have all sorts of violent urges that the vast majority of us don't act out on, or just urges to say something that might be cruel or inappropriate. We don't let these urges control and destroy our lives.
But for a few reasons, we let our urges for food run roughshod over our lives. The concept of even attempting self control or taking responsibility for our food choices seems to be vanishing. The most popular diets are built around avoidance and simply eliminating anything that could be trouble in excess, assuming the average person is incapable of showing restraint.
- We are not as far away as we think from time when food was much more scarce. The overwhelming abundance of food available to us is less than 100 years old, and there's still some remnants of a psyche where you eat everything you can, when you can, as fast as you can. Our hunger mechanism is outdated and obsolete.
- Endless marketing of food, even "healthy" food choices. Hard not to get hungry when you're bombarded 24/7 by images of enticing food.
- You cannot sell self control to people. You can, however, sell them diets that promise health and weight loss with every hard decision made for them. Problems with eating too much pizza? Let's just eliminate all carbohydrates because you can't control yourself!
Hunger can be a bully- fight back!
There are some ways in which we can get better at self control and making common sense food choices. You're like a farmer getting bullied by a mule- we need to give our appetites a friendly reminder sometimes about who works for whom!
Take a big step back and just understand that our hunger mechanism is much less important to listen to than our thirst mechanism. We need water 24/7. Food? Not so much. We are able to go weeks without food and many people regularly fast for days at a time. Eat on a schedule, and disregard what your appetite has to say about it.
Most importantly, you need to get a little angry here. Understand that you have been getting stuffed into a locker every day by some little twerp of an evolutionary urge that is causing you to be obese, tired and unhappy with life. You need to fight back! There is no teacher or principal coming to save you with this bully. It is inside your head and you've given it way too much power, as we often do with bullies.
Maybe it's portion control, maybe it's time restricted eating. But find a way to stand up to hunger urges that aren't important to listen to if you're obtaining a base amount of macro and micronutrients in a day.
Take a stand! Just like in the movies, when you stand up to something that's been pushing you around- you find out how weak they really are, and how strong you are.
Get in gear with High Potential!
For no nonsense, results driven fitness and lifestyle coaching in Vancouver or online, get in touch with High Potential today!
Check out www.gethighpotential.com and book a free consultation.