Do you have a love-hate relationship with your body image? Do you “live to eat” rather than “eat to live”? Are you disgusted with your lack of willpower to avoid the foods you know will put on the weight, mess with your energy levels and provide less than optimal nutrition?
Are you pretty certain you’ll run for the hills if one more television personality, news article or exercise guru tells you that “all you have to do” to lose weight is exercise more and consume fewer calories?
As if you didn’t already know that. As if you hadn’t already lost weight doing that – and gained it back again.
If you feel that you’re at the end of your rope, maybe you need to retool what you know about dieting and weight loss.
Maybe you need to completely change the way you think about food.
Getting your ‘inner decider’ to cooperate
Getting a grip on your weight is a matter of two things: knowing what to eat and choosing what to put in your mouth.
Most of us know what we should be eating, and that generally doesn’t change no matter how heavy or skinny we are: lean meats and fish and vegetable protein, deeply colored vegetables, fruits, grains in their least processed form, moderate amounts of healthy fats. And we know what we should be avoiding: processed foods with long lists of unpronounceable ingredients and almost all but the most unprocessed of sugars (and even those in limited quantities).
It’s the choosing part that trips us up. Are you going to walk away from that tray of cookies in the break room when the 2-hour meeting made you miss lunch and you’re on the verge of the shakes from low blood sugar? Not likely. Or say “no, thanks” to those incredible craft beers when the guys offer to take you out on your birthday? No way!
Mindfulness and self-awareness
No matter how much you want to lose weight, first you have to examine just how your relationship with food traps you into picking the wrong path to comfort and reward – and then zings you with guilt and self-recrimination.
And that means education and awareness: learning what is in the food in front of you and staying mindful of how eating it will impact your goal weight.
Through careful research of diets, trends and how our bodies utilize food, as well as his work with hundreds of patients over the years, Dr. Steven Rosenberg discovered a simple foolproof formula for achieving and maintaining an ideal weight while living a healthy, happy, low-stress life. He calls it “the 15/150 Secret.”
15/150 Secret to Simple Dieting
Dr. Rosenberg’s formula combines mindfulness – assisted by easy self- or professional hypnosis – and gradually adopting a daily practice of eating 15 grams of fat and 150 grams of carbohydrates from healthy sources. No rigid rules, no tedious counting of points or calories, no regimented meals or special foods to eat or always shun, no strict exercise requirement.
He and Bobbie Freiberg, a patient who used his formula successfully, even wrote an easy-to-read book about it: The 15/150 Secret to Simple Dieting includes a guided meditation, an entire section describing Bobbie’s experience and dozens of recipes. You can order your copy online and even download it to your e-reader.
If you want to learn more about Dr. Rosenberg’s 15/150 secret, go to the book’s website: The 15/150 Secret to Simple Dieting. He and his associate, hypnotist Cindy Reese – who lost 50 pounds on the 15/150 plan – can answer all your questions. You can reach them here and at the website, Quit It Now.