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7 Mental Tricks That Shed Pounds

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I Deserve It

THE LOGIC: With the day I've had, the world owes me a hot fudge sundae.

"Food provides a very basic, easily obtainable way to nurture and reward yourself, and delaying this gratification isn't easy," says Rick Temple, PhD, a psychologist who treats eating disorders at the University of South Florida Counseling Center in Tampa. The trouble is, we rarely nurture ourselves with broccoli: A classic study found that when an eating bout is triggered by emotions rather than by seeing or smelling food, you're less likely to take nutritional value into consideration.

Change your mind: Acknowledge all of your needs, not just the ones for instant gratification: "Yes, it's true, I deserve a sundae. But do I also deserve fat thighs and high cholesterol?" Next, grab a pencil and paper and list 10 inedible things that make you feel rewarded, or comforted, or indulgent or pampered, and pick one, suggests Gidus. Call your best friend, cuddle with a pet, or seduce your husband -- that's one thing we guarantee will be more satisfying than food.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, August 2006.

 

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lesliedwilbur wrote:

I grew up with my mom pushing me to clean my plate. Part of this was because the Dr. kept telling her I was underweight. This made her feel like a bad mom,because I wasn't eating enough. For my own kids, I realized when they would not want alot of food, so I would serve them on small plates (because a small serving looks lost on a full size plate). I still don't like to throw out food ,though, and I'm a sucker for 'free' food.

12/3/2013 12:41:04 PM Report Abuse
alysaricks wrote:

Awesome I loved it. When I saw mental changes I thought more of like hypnotize which would be another good topic.

11/13/2013 08:31:28 PM Report Abuse
marros19601 wrote:

I was brought up with that phrase ringing in my ears! Forty years later and I still hear it. My fiance is trying his darndest to break me of it.

11/13/2013 03:30:32 PM Report Abuse
kimberlycarlson.2 wrote:

That hit the "nail on the head" for our society as a whole. We are so programmed. Great article.

11/13/2013 01:06:20 PM Report Abuse
gina_zuniga wrote:

this is so true! ugggg! i feel bad when i throw away food knowing someone is starving out there!

11/13/2013 10:57:33 AM Report Abuse

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