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This short podcast discusses the difference between needing food (ice cream, for example) and wanting it.
Not realizing the difference can impact your diet and weight loss.
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Hi there. Chistoph Trappe here, www.myfitnesstips.org, and today I want to talk about controlling our hunger, controlling what we eat, what we drink, what we’re putting into our bodies. So, this came to mind on a day when I got a massage and I was heading home to get a little more work done for the day, but I wanted to stop at this ice cream shop, and I’m driving by the ice cream shop or frozen yogurt place, whatever, same thing.
Frozen yogurt is a little healthier, a little less calories, but still same
concept. You know what I’m talking about, ice cream, frozen yogurt. I really wanted to have some, and I kept thinking, do I really, do I really need this? Is that really what I want? I’ve been doing fairly well losing pounds. I’m trying to lose 25 pounds. I gained about 25 pounds in the last year and a half or so. So, I’m up to about 225 when I started making an effort again, and now I’m down to 221. So, but I’m driving and I’m thinking, oh, I should just get some frozen yogurt. I’m so in the mood for that and I just had this massage.
I’m thinking, you know, am I really in the mood for frozen yogurt or do I really just need something to drink. So, I think that once I made an effort to think about my perceived need to have something sweet to eat and redirecting that thought to just drinking water, right. Water, obviously, that’s healthy for us. We need it, and it has no calories. So, I’m going to go home and I’m going to have some water instead.
Now, that happens quite frequently, right? When we think we need something. We get it. We eat it. We put the calories in our body. So, we want to think about is it really that we need this or do we want it? Sometimes, I think about this when I’m out for dinner and I’m a competitive guy. Everything can be a competition, and sometimes, I think, eating was a competition in my life, too.
I would eat really, really fast, and you know what happens when you eat fast. Now, you want, now you’re not hungry as quickly or it doesn’t feel like you’re full. So, you eat more and then, you eat more, and then you think, oh, maybe I should have something else, but guess what? You don’t really need it at all.
So, something to think about. Do you really need what you want or do you just think you do and can you redirect those thoughts to something else? Have a water. Have something low calorie. Have some pickles. We wrote about that before. So, redirect those thoughts to something that helps you keep the pounds off or lose the pounds if you continue to work on your weight loss goals.
Alcohol is another thing. I like to have a beer every once in a while. I like to have some German beer and they taste great, but they’re also 160 calories and sometimes, you know, I have a good day and I’m thinking I want to have a beer. Well, do I really need a beer? No. I don’t. It doesn’t mean that once in a while, I can’t have a beer, but something to think about. Do you need it or do you want it? Is there something else you can do to think about something else?
Have a water, not a gallon of water necessarily. That’s over doing it too, but that’s a good way to think about it. So, I skipped my frozen yogurt after my massage, even though I really, really wanted it and I’m going to have a few glasses of water and I’m sure that will be just fine.