Know your Radioactive Foods--Everyone has foods that are so scrumptious that we find it very difficult not to overeat—even if we are paying attention to our bodies. I call these Radioactive Foods. These foods need special rules to allow us to remain in control. We need to be honest with ourselves about those foods and come up with strategies for them. This is Shift #9 in the series 15 Shifts to Become a Real Loser.
Turn Down the Reward Centers in Your Brain--Dopamine is the neurotransmitter of craving. Dopamine is released in the brain when we eat sugar and other tempting foods. The dopamine release causes us to want these foods even more. You can free your from your cravings by getting mad at food manufacturers, avoiding tempting food cues and eating simple, less processed foods. This is Shift #8 in the series 15 Shifts to Become a Real Loser.
We know when it comes to weight loss, it comes down to eating less and moving more. But how can we eat less without feeling like we are starving? Using a strategy called Volumetrics helps our stomachs feel full, but helps us to eat less calories. Choose foods that are high in water like vegetables, fruits, soup, and cooked grains to lose weight effortlessly without hunger.
When it comes to habits, it’s best to make small incremental habit changes. But what if you have to make a whole bunch of changes in your schedule anyway—like, let’s say, Back-to-School time? Use Back to school or any major life change to kick-start a bunch of new healthy habits by planning out the ultimate weight loss day. Then use ultimate weight loss day template to plan your every day.
Tired of all the whining and pleading for sugary sweets? This simple strategy of Dessert Day will teach your kids to stop asking for sugar, to appreciate and savor treats, and to learn that dessert is a "Sometimes Food." It will also help you to train your brain to stop asking for "something sweet" after the dishes are cleared. This family habit can keep you from having to use precious willpower stores to say "No" all the time and restore peace and quiet to your home.