Oops. Before you know it…
Have you done this when you were trying to lose some weight? Most women dieters have. Before you know it you’ve eaten something you shouldn’t. In fact, more often than not you’ve eaten a lot more than you should have. You might have piled on the tasty snack food, even after feeling full from dinner. Feeling full wasn’t enough of a “no go” signal.
Or, perhaps it was the middle of the afternoon and you were feeling hungry—so you thought. The little twinge of hunger unleashed an attack on everything salty and sweet in the food cabinet. It was one of your afternoon binges before the kids got home.
Every woman engaged in a weight loss routine has had these experiences. What do you do if you are overtaken by the urge to overeat and stuff yourself and you go ahead and do it? If your goal to successfully lose weight is strong enough, you can try some time-proven strategies to prevent this kind of binging and eating off your diet.
One strategy is to make yourself more aware of this pattern of overeating and stuffing. When does it occur? Under what conditions? You can practice this kind of awareness. You can also make yourself more aware by feeling your feelings. Identify what emotions are likely to trigger a rush to food. Also, know when you’re full. Differentiate hunger from other feelings that you might mistake for hunger.
A second strategy fits neatly with increasing awareness. Simply put, it’s acceptance. You will be surprised how easy it can be to accept that triggering emotion or a twinge of hunger or a habitual urge for food. Acceptance means being able to tolerate the feelings and thoughts until they begin to fade out and no longer pressure you into doing what you said to yourself you definitely don’t want to do. Every feeling and thought and urge has a beginning, middle, and end. Knowing this helps you wait them out. You can also visualize your tantalizing feelings, thoughts, and urges as a wave that starts, crests, and then falls. Visualize yourself riding the wave right through to the end.
The goal, of course, is to take the “oops” right out of your weight loss vocabulary. And while you’re at it, get rid of the “before you know it…” as well.