What you eat in private…

January 14, 2014
Now this will make you think twice before you eat that next cookie huh?!  I’ve heard this quote many times, but this picture brings it to life.  As much as we want to deny and hide the junk food we eat, there’s no denying that it packs on the pounds on our bodies.  I have had so many people tell me they eat healthy and then when I start to dig and ask questions, they end up admitting they not only ate their chicken and broccoli for dinner, but also had some chips and a bag of M&Ms.  Now, if only we could just stick to the chicken and broccoli, our bodies would look ALOT different.
What is the difference between those who are slender and lean and those who have some pounds to lose?  From what I have seen and experienced myself, the difference is honesty and self control!  If we can stop ourselves before grabbing that next piece of cake or whatever your vice is, we will save ourselves a lot of calories and frustrations.  Self control is learning to say NO when all we really want is that next bite of sweet or salty food.  The enjoyment only lasts for a few seconds while we’re in the moment eating the treat, but just a couple minutes later, we’re left feeling defeated and mad at ourselves for not saying NO!  Be honest with yourself and stop trying to pretend it won’t matter and won’t affect you.  Be real people–eating 3 skinny cow ice cream sandwiches (150 calories each) a night will cause you to go over your caloric goal for the day.  If you really want to lose weight, you can’t keep eating the junk food!!!
I have a client who is a prime example of the direct connection between what we eat and what we look like. She is incredibly self controlled with food and portion sizes.  Whenever she goes out to eat, she only eats half of whatever she orders.  This may explain part of why she is lean and slender.  The portion sizes at restaurants are completely out of control and can make 2 or 3 meals.  If you can put half your lunch or dinner in a to-go box as soon as your meal comes, you will cut half the calories each time you eat out (not to mention reducing the sodium in that meal).
I challenge you to think about that next bite before you take it–remember, you will be wearing it for the public to see!  Learn to live balanced.  Enjoy a free day each week, but remember to stay tight with your food about 6 days a week to stay on track to hit your weight loss goals.  You don’t have to be perfect 24/7, but you do need to learn to say NO and not hide what you’re really eating.  Be honest with yourself and watch the pounds start to come off!

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