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Episode 7: What To Do With Desire To Eat

Updated: Dec 3, 2020

Weight Loss for Food-Lovers with Molly Zemek


In this episode of Weight Loss for Food-Lovers, Molly Zemek addresses how we should handle the desire to eat. Initially, Molly lays the foundation for understanding how our urges and desires can affect what and how we eat. She explains to the listener that the most beneficial thing to do, in regard to our desires and urges, is to become aware of our body’s response, and learn to allow the urge. We can become aware of our body’s response by paying attention to the thoughts and sense of immediacy, creating some separation between ourself and the physical urge that’s happening, and by saying to ourself, “This is not an emergency, this is not urgent.” The more we learn to become aware of our urges, and are able to slow down and acknowledge them, the easier it easy to allow the urge to be present, without giving into it. This is important because allowing an urge is different than resisting an urge. Molly explains all of this in detail, in order to show how important having full control over our urges and desires is in our weight loss journey.

Topics Covered

· The Role Desire Plays in Not Sticking to Our Eating Plan and Overeating

· The Importance of Being Aware of Our Urges and Cravings

· How to Be Aware of Your Body’s Response to an Urge

· The Difference Between Allowing an Urge and Resisting an Urge

· The Result of Allowing Our Urges

Key Quotes

“Desire is something that we inherently have, it is what motivates us to do the things we do.”

“Sometimes desire can lead to unhealthy habits.”

“Desire plays a really big part in the reasons why we overeat.”

“It’s really important in the moment to just be aware and be attentive to how your body is responding to an urge, how your body is responding, and your brain is responding, to a craving.”

“Allowing an urge to be there unanswered is not the same thing as resisting it.”

“The truth is that we have full control over our cravings and our desires, if we have a compelling reason not to give into them.”


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