Weight management success cannot rely on diets.
Research shows clearly that diets do not work and can be harmful.
Weight lost through diets is almost guaranteed to come back within a year.
Diets often lead to binge eating, decline in fitness, poor nutrition, exaggerated appetite.
Millions of courageous, motivated people are set up to fail by their weight-management programs.
The emphasis of most programs accidentally strengthen the unconscious motivation to overeat…
They reinforce the very obsessions about food, weight, and exercise that fuel unhealthy eating habits.
Your problem in reaching and maintaining your desired weight is not due to personal failings.
The problem lies not in you, but in your weight-loss programs, which inadvertently set you up to fail.
With Core Value Eating, you stop thinking so much about weight and start looking at yourself and others with more compassion.
- Why Weight Loss Programs Fail
- Core Hurt Eating vs. Core Value Eating
- Your Core Value Bank
- Core Value Reconditioning
- How to Eat from Core Value
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There’s a major flaw of most weight-management programs.
They rely on conscious ways to manage habitual and impulsive behaviors, which are relentlessly driven by unconscious motivations.
They want you to think before you eat. If it were only that easy!
The problem is you are almost always motivated to eat long before you think.
Eating is an emotional activity.
Emotions get priority processing in the brain, up to thousands of times faster than thought and language.
Before you know you’re hungry, you already have a rise in dopamine, which drives you to get more of it by eating.
You already have a shot of adrenaline to energize your quest for food.
Even at earliest stages of physiological arousal, it takes a lot of conscious will to override these hidden but powerful motivations.
You can do it sometimes. But over the long haul of hectic, day-to-day living, no one is that conscious and willful.
Sooner, rather than later, you get tired of the considerable effort it takes for conscious control and give in.
The ongoing stream of unconscious everyday emotions usually wins in the end.
If you believe it is hard to maintain healthy weight because you lack something, like discipline, will power, or just common sense, your weight management efforts will rise from shame of who you are, rather than value of your health and well being. When the shame becomes exhausting, distracting, confusing, or overwhelming, as it always does, the brain reverts to habits, which require far less mental energy. That means more overeating and attacks on food.
Motivate with Acts of Kindness
Because eating behavior is mostly habituated, relapse is inevitable, particularly under stress.
A key to maintaining weight-loss is to motivate yourself with acts of kindness, not with the punishment of guilt and shame over relapse.
Ask yourself, who are more likely to repeat mistakes, those who punish themselves or those who value themselves?
Who is more likely to sustain desirable weight, the valued self or the devalued self?
Begin your commitment to core value eating by listing five Acts of Kindness.
These are things you will do for yourself when you have a temporary relapse of overeating or attacks on food.
In making your list, think of what will help you eat from your core value next time.
Before you eat, think less about food and weight.
Think more about creating value in your life:
Develop appreciation of basic humanity, meaning, purpose, love, spirituality, nature, creativity, community, and compassion.
You’ll be surprised at how you will eat less, once food becomes less important in your deepest sens of self.