The hardest part about dieting is giving up foods that you enjoy eating. If you want to keep the weight off, you know you must make certain changes in your lifestyle that will most likely be permanent. Certain foods must be avoided and others must be monitored carefully. Sometimes even the thought of giving up these comfort foods is more than we can endure, so we give up on our diet before we even get started.
It’s not just giving up the food we love that makes us cringe about starting a new diet and fitness program. Sometimes it’s the commitment to working out that makes us stop in our tracks. This may be because we don’t want to start an exercise program that will interfere with our favorite television show. We are reluctant to make the necessary changes needed to change our lives, yet we are unhappy because we don’t have the courage to make the changes we need to make. Does this sound familiar?
We are forlorn to give some of these habits up because they have become part of who we are and what we do. The brain does not want to have to change its path. It is the driving force that keeps us trapped in our habit. The brain loves a good habit. The good news is that it is actually easy to trick the brain, all you need to do is substitute one behavior or habit for another.
It really is that easy. While it is hard to give up something we enjoy, it is much easier if we replace it with something just as exciting and enjoyable. Say you want to cut back on soft drinks and have decided to replace your lunch beverage with water. Rather than craving that sweet taste, allow yourself a morsel of something sweet at the end of your lunch. Choose something that won’t blow your diet up but something that will satisfy your needs. Then the following week, as your taste buds begin to wake up, try a different substitution that contains less sugar and calories.
Replace the sugary soft drink with a nice walk and enjoy a nice cold bottle of water to quench your thirst. As the weight begins to drop off and the fat melts away, you will have all the motivation you need to keep your brain in check. Just remember all you need to do to train your brain is to feed it the messages you want to live by, not the other way around. Your brain only knows what you tell it and you can train it to be your most powerful ally.