"Make your life more interesting than food" -
I love this quote, which came from respected psychologist Dr Tim Sharp as he discussed the psychology of weight loss at a recent event. The reason I like it so much is that for me, after working in weight loss for more than 10 years, it really sums up the reason I see many of my clients struggling with weight issues – they love food more than they love other parts of their lives at a particular point in time.
Think about it….if you are in an amazing relationship, busy socially, deeply stimulated by the work you are doing and personally fulfilled with hobbies and interests there is very simply far less time to think about food in general. In more cases though, we are annoyed with our partners so we eat, we are bored at work so we eat, our friends are also unfulfilled so we eat with them and in our spare time we have nothing much to do so we eat.
If any of these scenarios sound familiar, the best thing you can do to break free from your constant eating cycle is to get busy and most importantly, start to consider what it really is that makes you happy. Does your relationship or career need an overhaul; do you need a new hobby or even new friends? Once life revolves around life rather than food, only then will you be in a better place to gain control of your eating, once and for all.