With all the marketing and advertising there is regarding food I think a better name for this section would be “Wait Management” because if you wait… the information will change!
Please notice I didn’t use the term “weight loss” for this section. Weight loss is a byproduct of eating food that is nutritious and feeds your body what it wants and needs in portions that are appropriate for your body and gender. One of the main reasons diet programs that offer food that is pre-packaged are successful for many people is portion control. They work until you go off the diet plan. When you do, you still don’t know how to chose and cook foods that are right for your body and gradually the portions get larger.
As we move further away from eating intuitively and rely more on marketing, media and shortcuts our relationship to our health, physicality and food has been transformed. It has changed from eating whatever we had access to when we’re hungry until we’re not hungry anymore, to eating whatever we could get our hands on until we’re stuffed. Many people not only don’t put down the fork in between bites but they don’t swallow what is in their mouths before they put more in. What are we so hungry for?
The key to understanding weight management is to understand the many reasons we eat. Of course, there is the obvious; we get hungry and the body needs fuel. Additionally, food tastes good so eating is a source of pleasure.
But for many people food is not only fuel and pleasure. For many people food is a source of comfort, reward, punishment, fear and pride. The emotional relationship we have to food is the main reason for many weight and health related issues.
As there are so many components to weight loss/management, the way I work with people isn’t just about food. It’s about what makes you tick. Why you eat at night and what you can choose to make that less detrimental to your health until you can train yourself not to. Or why you don’t eat all day then eat ravenously at the end of the day. Some of our reasons are emotional, some circumstantial, some financial and some are just plain habits.
Just remember, we didn’t always do what we do. We developed habits, patterns and tendencies along the way, which means we can learn, grow and change. We can implement changes that can become new habits. But the only way it will stick is if we understand why we do what we do.
Lastly, weight management isn’t about being skinny or at least it shouldn’t be. It’s about being healthy. That’s what this program is all about.