To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.~Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Forbidden foods hold a hypnotic hold over us. The more we shouldn’t eat a certain food the more we crave it. It is in our nature. Humans are like cats, always wanting to go in the room behind the closed door. And once there, they want back in the other room because now that room is behind the closed door.
Things that are out of our reach fascinate us. And if the thing is in reach, but we aren’t supposed to grasp it, the desire to do so is immense and growing with each passing second. After all, a cat that can open doors would walk all over the house.
This human desire for thing that we shouldn’t have or do but are readily accessible can pose a great problem while losing weight. We all know we should stop eating junk food to lose weight. But junk food is everywhere. It is a lot easier to find and eat an unhealthy snack than a healthy one. The temptations are everywhere.
If you don’t want to be plagued by food temptations and food cravings, avoid having any forbidden foods. Instead of thinking “I can eat that piece of chocolate because it will make me fat” think “I could have that piece of chocolate if I wanted, but I choose to eat an apple instead.” That should be your mind frame. Nothing is forbidden, you just choose not to eat certain foods.
When the cravings become too powerful to resist, avoid using your willpower to fight them. Instead negotiate with them. Eat a small amount of the food you crave. You will avoid binge eating, keeping your strength and composure in front of food.
Weight loss psychology is about leveraging your basic needs and drives to make weight loss easier to achieve. That is why you should analyze and discover your hot buttons. Once you know them, don’t let food push those buttons against you, push them yourself so you can control your emotional eating habits. You know yourself best, so use that knowledge to your advantage.