What do you think of "mantras"? You know, the kind of new-agey belief that if you say something enough--out loud--you can convince yourself of anything. While I am a believer in the power of positive thought, when it comes to fitness, I'm not sold on the idea that what you say can make you thin. Then I heard this story ...
Food psychologist Brian Wansink told this story: "Over coffee, a new friend commented that he had lost 30 pounds within the past year. When I asked him how, he explained he didn't stop eating potato chips, pizza, or ice cream. He ate anything he wanted, but if he had a craving when he was not hungry he would say--out loud--"I'm not hungry but I'm going to eat this anyway."
And after I'm done eating the apple or the pear or whatever I choose before the naughty thing, guess what: I'm not craving it anymore. Here's more info (really interesting stuff) on why we crave what we crave.
How about you? Do you have a weight loss/diet mantra? Does it work? If not, what do you think about developing one?
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