Many of us eat really well all day just to break our careful plans at night. I understand it – sometimes it just feels like your willpower is being exhausted only at six in the afternoon! This is the biggest weight loss hurdle for many people, and it can be very frustrating.
In all my years, I have helped people lose weight. I've found out that there's only one real solution to nocturnal snacking: Root of the problem – the core of why you do this. But before you do that, it is important to make a promise that you are completely honest with yourself. If you are, we can create a plan that will make you forget the nocturnal food once and for all!
The five most difficult questions about the nocturnal food you'll ever answer:
. Are you looking for a magical solution?
We are all looking for a miracle elixir. The only exercise device to buy, a pill or an app to download … if you could only find the right one, then puff! Problem solved. And I am no different – I have often wished that there is also a magical answer.
Let me share one of my favorite quotes from Oprah: "If there was an abbreviation for a healthy body, I'm sure I have the secret now." Now let's pause and think: This is what one of the richest women in the world and admitted that she was looking for a shortcut. It has all conceivable resources and has come to the realization that abbreviations of simply do not exist.
The fact is, if you want to lose weight, there is much to do. It is not easy and it can not get around. So, if you want to stop playing Bingen at night, you have to put the expectation forward and decide that there will be times when you want to stop . It is absolutely important to expect and prepare for this. Discomfort is your compass; It shows us that we are going in the right direction. Do not be afraid of discomfort, embrace it.
2. Do you know the difference between physical and emotional hunger?
Sometimes it's hard to tell the difference. Sometimes it is late at night and the desire is so intense that you do not know if you can make it until morning. If you are in the moment, you can easily believe what you feel as a physical hunger!
If you want to lose the sugar whopping, you can easily fool yourself if you feel what you feel is physical hunger (I was there.) But in reality, if you're having dinner at 18.00 have eaten. and it is now 9:00, it is not a physical hunger. What you experience is emotional – at this point, eating serves another purpose.
- Do I eat because I'm bored, angry, scared, or lonely?
- Do I eat to reward myself?
- Do you eat to avoid the pain, not to eat?
One powerful way to determine if you are physically or emotionally hungry is to take the broccoli test. Physical hunger gradually occurs. If you have not eaten since last night, you would feel the pain all day long. The emotional hunger, however, is instantaneous and has a sense of urgency.
. 3 Are you ready to take responsibility for your food?
If you eat late at night, there is one thing that you must know about every doubt: It's your decision as to whether you decide or not to eat. You have to give up the blame game and take responsibility for your decisions. Whether you eat or not, is 100 percent of your control.
It's not your spouse's fault for bringing cakes home, it's not your children's fault because they do not like healthy food and it's not your friend's fault because he wanted to go to a steakhouse ,
And not because you can not control yourself. These are lies you say to justify why you eat. The decision to eat or not sits right with you. If you blame another person or situation, you will always feel that food is beyond your control. The only way to take back control is … to regain control. Stop sitting in the passenger seat and ask yourself why you can not get where you want to go. This is your responsibility.
So, when faced with a decision at night, say to yourself, "Food is my decision, I choose it and no one else causes me to eat." If you do, take over what and when you eat.
. 4 Do you really want to stop eating until late at night?
When I ask, "Do not you want to eat at night?" It seems like a stupid question, is not it? Of course, you would answer, "Yes, of course, that's why I'm here." But if you take away everything you think you should say your honest answer might be: "No. I really do not do it, I like to eat at night, it helps me to relax To relieve stress and feel good, even if it's only short-term. "
Do you agree that you may want to stop bing late into the night? Because think about the alternative. Without eating, you have to deal with negative, unpleasant emotions. You leave a void. A hole. If you eat because you are …
- Bored . How do you want to fill this time?
- Anxious . How will you deal with this emotion?
- Lonely . Exactly how do you want to deal with this feeling?
Too many times we do not want to stop with the late-night meal, because if that's the case, we'll feel the discomfort that does not interfere with our eating feelings. I want you to do the following:
Make a list of reasons why you do not want to stop eating late at night.
Be completely honest with yourself. Ask, "If I do not eat tonight, what negative emotion must I feel?" Remember that there can be several. You may need to experience anxiety and boredom and frustration at the same time.
Make a list of the reasons for which you want to so that you want to stop late at night.
It may be that you decide I do not want to lie in bed one more night feeling like you have no control over your life. You may be tired of feeling guilty. Or maybe you do not like the way you feel in the morning. Remember the reason the next time you face a nocturnal riot face to face.
Knowing why you need to stop (and must) is one of the strongest motivators in your arsenal.
. 5 What will you do if panic sets in?
Here we have described it.
- There is no magic solution.
- They know that this desire is not caused by physical hunger at night – they are driven by emotions.
- You are responsible for the eating decisions you make.
- You know, if you decide to curb the nocturnal food, you must tackle the void.
Now we have to talk about it The Moment of Truth: If you decide to break your nocturnal eating habits, your body will feel like nobody is telling you about your decision. All it knows is that it is waiting for food right now. And if it does not understand it, it will literally trigger a seizure.
And then panic sets in. What will you do at this moment? I hope your plan does not rely on willpower. For, as we know, willpower never appears to be there when we need it most. You need a concrete plan: you need support and you have to be responsible. A week or a month between accountability check-ins is simply too long – I believe in daily check-in. Sure, you can tackle this problem yourself, but why is it even more difficult? If you are ready to be late in the night, accountability is the key.
This post originally appeared on mybodytutor.com and was re-released with the author's permission. Adam Gilbert is the founder of MyBodyTutor.com, an online program that offers daily and personal responsibility like no other service in the world. Sign up for his free mini-losing diet and follow Adam on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter .