In this episode of Weight Loss for Food-Lovers, Molly talks about the cornerstone of weight loss – commitment. In order to be successful, you must meet yourself where you are. Understand what is making your commitment challenging, look at your thoughts and decide if they’re serving you. Is it possible they’re not true?
One of the main goals of Molly’s podcast is to look for common threads in every story. What she found is that most people think that weight loss should be ‘natural’ and ‘easy.’ Often, it can be both, but only at first. A few months in, sneaky thoughts can begin to form.
The primitive brain is wired to seek pleasure, safety and comfort. That’s why we see food as ‘fun,’ not fuel. Our society reinforces this idea and it’s ultimately how our habits are formed. As a result, many people feel that ‘easy’ and ‘natural’ means better. This is a lie. The brain only gives us a snapshot of what we want to hear, not the complete picture. Almost everything that we value has been gained through hard work. We must reject the myth that weight loss comes easier to others. Everyone struggles with a false pleasure, and it’s a disservice to believe these thoughts.
In truth, only practiced habits come easily. We must identify how our habits were created, decide on our purpose for creating new ones and commit to change. Unless we take the time to poke holes in our old beliefs, they will play in the background like an old record. Awareness makes us less likely to respond to them with a reward.
If you want a different result, you must have a different action. Sustained weight loss does not have to be restrictive. When you embrace a new way of living, you will realize that it’s a lot better than overeating.
- The myth behind ‘natural’ and ‘easy’ weight loss
- Creating habits based on experience
- Looking at the big picture
- Why practiced habits come easily
- How different results require different actions
“In order to figure out how to be committed, you first need to understand what’s preventing you from commitment right now.”
“Thoughts about continuing to lose weight make people think ‘this is going to require a lot of hard work. This is going to require planning.’ And both of those beliefs lead somebody to say ‘I just think it should be more natural.’”
“I want you to see that there is messaging in our culture, in our society, that reinforces this idea that what is ‘normal’ is to overeat, is to overindulge, is to eat not just for fuel, but for fun.”
“Nine times out of ten, anything that you have that is especially meaningful to you did not come easily. It is something that you had to work for.”
“This idea that things should come more naturally, that things should be easier, is one that is so persuasive for people until they take the opportunity to really question it.”
“If you want a different result this year, you have to show up differently. You have to start questioning some of these limiting beliefs and realizing that they’re not helpful. They’re not actually serving you. They’re not entirely true.”
“This new way of living, this new way of eating, feels a whole lot better than overeating.”
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