Have you ever thought, “if only I had more willpower, I would have this body?” Certainly, the images on Pinterest tell us so. Here’s a few of my favorites:
The only thing standing between you and a lean, ripped, toned body is your willpower! Right? Wrong!!
I imagine most of us feel like this guy:
Willpower is a finite resource. We exercise self-control every time we get out of bed even though we don’t want to, avoid hitting our obnoxious co-workers, and keep our cool in Walmart when they only have one lane open at 5:30pm. (They really don’t know the store will be packed then?) And, yet, we’re going to rely on willpower to get us the body of our dreams.
Several food challenges, paleo or otherwise, focus on an all or nothing mentality in regard to nutrition. This often feels like an exercise in willpower. There’s several rules to follow and it’s filled with restrictions. At its core, this is deprivation and it either feels like a virtue (if you can do it) or a punishment (if you do it grudgingly). Ultimately, this takes eating away from our physiological needs and gives it the power to change our feelings and our lives.
Once eating becomes a psychological pursuit, especially if we focus on deprivation and restriction, any sort of disruption (stress from work, a variation from plan, relationship difficulties, etc.) can lead to “out of control” eating. If your fail-safe is willpower, this can get ugly – fast.
So, you vow to do even better next time. More restrictions, more rules, more pins on pinterest for motivation! Here comes the feast-famine cycle. Maybe you create elaborate meal plans, maybe skip meals and then binge; probably beat yourself up and promise to do better. Unfortunately, none of this works. The mindset and practice of restriction can lead to overeating and subsequent weight gain. You can “diet yourself fat”!
Do you deny yourself certain foods, but then rebound later on? Do you engage in all or nothing thinking? How’s that working for you?
Why not try a different strategy? If your goal is long term body transformation, it starts with habit based nutrition. Join our course, Lasting Lean, for six weeks to learn and adopt lean eating habits. We are going to work together everyday through a google group: learning and applying lessons, identifying challenges and implementing strategies, and relying on one another for some good old fashioned accountability. This isn’t about changing your diet for a fixed amount of time, it’s about learning how to incorporate a healthy diet into your life. The course is limited to just 10 participants and the cost is $40. Registration opens at 8pm on Wednesday, April 10. Email me at email@example.com starting at 8pm on Wednesday to secure your spot.
The course begins on April 15. Are you ready to create lasting change?