Tipping the Inner Scale

By · July 11, 2012 · Dieting Health Healthy Eating Motivation Nutrition Psychology of Eating Uncategorized Weight Loss · Leave a comment

When we think about weight loss we think of stepping on a scale. That’s one way of staying on track. However, there is another scale of equal importance and that one is in your mind.

Weight loss is all about balance. There are many ways to find solid ground. In my head, I picture a scale. I always ask myself, “Am I tipping the balance here?” And I visualize which way the scale is going. This is an easy question to ask that generates big results.

Another way to keep your balance is to allow how you eat earlier in the day to determine how you will eat later in the day. If you grabbed a bagel for breakfast and went out for lunch, you may want to have a piece of fruit with nuts for an afternoon snack and a light, healthy dinner. If on the other hand you ate really well, you may want to have that little treat.

Most people never look back on their day, so it is easy to feel you are on track when in fact you are not. This is where the Food Log comes in handy. However, you can still remain unaware if you fill it out, but never read it. Take a look. What could you have done without? Where did you make a healthy choice?

Cultivating curiosity in regards to your eating will help you to find the solutions that work best for you.

Take a look at the foods you eat on a regular basis. Ask yourself, “Is this a food I should be eating more of?” If so, add more into your day. If the answer is no, find your way to moderation without tipping the scales on all your hard work.

Don’t forget to balance what you eat for enjoyment with what you eat for health. This is where the 80/20 rule comes in. Eat well 80% of the time, and 20% of the time eat what you like. This only works if the percentages remain intact. If you start pushing to 60/40 or 20/80 you will sabotage your efforts.

Like a seesaw, there is a perfectly flat spot to stand when things are balanced. When the scale starts tipping, with a little footwork you can always find your way back to solid ground. Remember this.

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