I’m guessing you’re on a diet. Most of us are. We talk about it endlessly, whether we’re gong to eat Greek yogurt for dessert, juice root vegetables, or put our food in little plastic containers. We try everything, and most of us never get any skinnier.
There are already a ton of resources for dieters out there. Go scrolling around online and you’ll find endless recipes, meal plans, special workout equipment, fitness strategies, and supplements. It seems like everyday that another one of your Facebook friends deems herself a fitness and nutrition expert willing to coach you into a better body.
But yet we’re all still on a diet.
Some people find the willpower and the mental strength to overcome their natural inclinations to see results, but the majority of us fail. Even those who succeed initially often have setbacks. The problem obviously isn’t lack of resources. It’s not like we don’t already know which foods are good for us and which ones make us fat. It’s not like we couldn’t find support if that’s what we needed. There is SO MUCH in our world that focuses on losing weight, but it is still so hard. Why?
Losing weight is so impossible because each of these exercise regimens, meal plans, and supplements are designed to operate under the same sick misguided belief. It’s the same belief that got us chubby to begin with. We try and try and try, and instead of making it easier to gain control over what you put down your throat, it just gets harder. When we want to lose weight, all we think about is eating- what we can’t eat, and which things we can eat, and how much and when. When we aren’t thinking about eating, we’re thinking about making up for whatever we’ve eaten by burning it off.
The problem is that we believe that food really really matters.
This belief that food really really matters is behind of all of your thoughts about eating, dieting, and losing weight. No one says it aloud, and it’s so ingrained that you probably don’t even realize that you believe it. Your parents believed it because their parents believed it, and they taught it to you. We are so strung out over food that we’re compelled to keep eating even when we aren’t hungry. Our thoughts about its value are so strong that we’ll actually stuff more of it into our already stretched bellies and put ourselves in imminent physical discomfort rather than let it go to waste. Food is our anthem, our religion. We are down on our knees, cupcake in one hand and protein shake in the other, worshiping at the alter of food.
The sentiment that food is a really big deal is so common and widespread that it’s hard to wrap your mind around any alternative. I’m not saying that food doesn’t matter. Obviously we die if we don’t eat. But believing that food has any real value beyond the function of keeping us alive is pure imagination. Period.
All you have to do is start thinking about food a little differently.
Alter your thoughts and alter your life. A shift in your perspective about food can cause you to see the whole situation with some rational distance, just enough distance to stop you from subconsciously following rules that you were taught but never agreed to.
I’m not talking about building your willpower or tricking yourself. I’m talking about stepping sideways into a position where you realize you don’t need any willpower.
All you need to do is shift your mind into a place where it doesn’t really matter that much if you eat something, or if you don’t. It doesn’t really matter so much what something tastes like. You can like food, and not need it. You can enjoy food, and not worship it. I mean, you might really like swimming, but if your legs start cramping up, you’re going to get out of the pool. You wouldn’t ever ask yourself to endure pain for the sake of swimming. But we ask ourselves to endure discomfort and illness for the sake of food all the time.
I mean, has it ever occurred to you that maybe you are tired of eating? That relentless fork-shoveling three times a day, taking up so much of your time and money. Why aren’t we sick of it yet? Why aren’t we throwing a fit and demanding that science figure out how to automate the process while we sleep? Your mind probably never even dared step foot on that kind of turf. Insult food? Say it’s annoying? Blasphemy.
I don’t want you to hate food. Food can still be really fun if you want it to be, but you have to start realizing, on purpose, that food isn’t everything it’s made out to be. You have to take it down a few pegs in your mental hierarchy. Overthrow the king. Dethrone Mr. Goodbar.
So put down that turkey leg for a minute, and see for yourself.
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- First,we will begin thinking about food as an institution or a concept with some fun mind stretches and funny visualizations.
- Next, we will test what kind of mental power food has over you with two simple experiments that will open your eyes.
- Then, we are ready to start breaking the food rules. I will tell you step-by-step how to start your revolt.
DISCLAIMER: This website does not render medical advice. I am not a mental health professional. I share the methods that have worked for me and I truly hope they work for you, but I cannot guarantee any specific results.