Tuesday 17 January 2012

Losing weight is easy?

Tuesday 17 January 2012
The following sentence has been paraphrased at me and near me a number of times. "Losing weight is so easy. It's a simple mathematical equation: energy in must be less than energy out. Eat less, move more"


If it were that easy, anyone who made the decision to lose weight would do so. This fails to ignore that for some of us, like me, food is an addiction. We need it, we crave it. There are times when all we think about is when our next meal is going to be, or what it is going to be. The concept of 'forgetting to eat' is some completely alien, that the person telling you this may as well be communicating through interpretive dance.

I don't know about other people with eating addictions, but I've been slowly putting into practice some steps to combat the addiction, the fantasising about food and giving into those fantasies.

  1. Keeping hydrated. There is plenty of evidence to suggest that most of us misinterpret our thirst signals as hunger pangs. I drink at least 2-2.5 litres of water a day (more on very humid days) and this sometimes delays the onset of lustful food thoughts.
  2. Eating regularly. Aim to eat 5-6 smaller meals per day. This keeps blood sugar levels steady and if blood sugar levels are steady there is again less chance of getting a snickers out of the vending machine.
  3. Sate the craving with a substitute. If I'm dreaming about eating something in particular ie chocolate I've had moderate success this week with a bit of the 'swap it, don't stop it' mentality. When I fancy chocolate, it's usually a sign of wanting something sweet, I have a (small) handful of dried cranberries. If it's something savoury/salty I'll nibble a vita-weet. 
  4. Planning. Possibly the most important one. Know when you can eat, and more importantly if you cant. If I have a meeting over a usual snack time now I try and have a little snack before hand and another after. This has been helping with stopping a giant binge when I get home.
That's it for now - next post will be after my 1st weigh-in. Wish me luck!


Alison said...

My old PT used to say that "energy in needs to be less than energy out" and as brilliant as she was I wanted to punch her... and did a few times when we did boxing.

It's hard enough to change habits, wean off addictions and develop new styles of living when just tackling one at a time let alone all 3 at once. You're doing great and am an inspiration for me. Returning from holidays in just under a week means getting moving on moving more.

Craig Askings said...

As with most things, the theory is simple. It's just when you start the practical implementation that you run into problems.

So keep that stiff upper lip and carry on :)