Apr 01 2016

Why ‘All or Nothing’ thinking doesn’t work

We’ve become the ‘quick fix’ generation. When we find a problem, we want it fixed as quickly and as painlessly as possible – that way we can get back to our normal lives as swiftly as we can. However, ‘quick fix solutions’ or ‘all or nothing’ thinking is frequently as…

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We’ve become the ‘quick fix’ generation. When we find a problem, we want it fixed as quickly and as painlessly as possible – that way we can get back to our normal lives as swiftly as we can.

However, ‘quick fix solutions’ or ‘all or nothing’ thinking is frequently as effective as trying to cure a broken leg by putting a sticking plaster on it.

When it comes to losing weight, most people are under the impression that if they adhere to a rigid diet for a few weeks, the pounds will melt off, and normal life can resume once the slimming process is completed.

This, however, is a short-term fix to a long-term problem. It’s also denial of the original problem. If you are overweight then it means there is a fault with your current lifestyle. Going two weeks eating nothing but lettuce leaves and drinking nothing but water infused with cayenne pepper will lose you the weight, but once your diet is over, unless you have been properly educated on nutrition, then you’ll simply put the weight you lost right back on.

Rigid diets are the hardest to adhere to, and they make you miserable. If a friend asks you to a celebratory meal at your local Indian restaurant, then are you going to say no, just because you are on a diet? What about if you go on holiday? The truth is, rigid diets run the risk of you becoming socially isolated. Even if it is for a short period, you’ll just end up feeling miserable and unhappy.

If you do go on a diet then ask yourself this hypothetical question – even if you only plan on going on this diet for a month, could you see yourself sticking to this plan, every day, for a whole six months? If the answer is ‘no’, then your diet is not going to work.

It’s a myth that people become overweight because they eat excessively. People become overweight because they eat a little too much than they need to. Say someone who needs 2,000 calories a day actually eats 2,100 calories. That extra one hundred calories might only be a daily bag of crisps, but over a year, they will gain ten pounds. In a decade, they will gain one hundred pounds and suddenly find that they are SEVEN stones overweight!

Fortunately, this aspect of weight gain works in reverse. If you cut an average of 200 calories per day from your diet, then over the course of a year you will lose twenty pounds. It’s far easier to snip 200 calories per day from what you eat, than the 500 to 1,000 advocated by rigid dieting.

By dealing with weight loss in this way you will learn about nutrition, and the ways you can reduce your daily calorie intake. You don’t have to be super-strict – only eighty percent of what we eat has to be healthy. If you over-indulge one day because of a social event, then don’t worry about it – with your easy, healthy eating regime, the weight you gain will soon disappear. Eat smart, stay happy…..and get the body you want in the process!

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Becs

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Becs Cronshaw