New diet trend: Talking yourself thin
There is no shortage to gimmicks when it comes to weight loss programs, but the latest has me wondering if it isn't full of hot air. Diet expert and hypnotherapist John Richardson is touting the powers of talking yourself to a slimmer body. Now I've heard everything! Richardson says that talking about your unhealthy habits and acknowledging your triggers is key if you want to lose weight.
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The latest trend has been nicknamed the "self-chatter diet" because participants are encouraged to talk about what they're feeling when a craving hits and to address any emotional changes that lead them to grab the bag of chips instead of a healthier snack. His new book Talk Yourself Slim guides readers as they "identify, question, challenge, and change the detrimental behaviors responsible."
"It's not food that makes us overweight but [the] way in which food is eaten. Beliefs, behaviors and associations are the fundamental reasons for the obesity epidemic," Richardson told the Daily Mail.
While it's no cure-all and Richardson himself admits that you still need to pair this technique with proper diet and exercise, being aware of your actions can have positive effects in eradicating bad behavior. How many times haven't we absentmindedly scarfed down a pint of ice cream only to beat ourselves up about it later? By practicing mindfulness you can cut those cravings at the pass. Why are you craving sugar right now? Is there a healthier substitute that will satisfy your sweet tooth without loading up on calories? Or are you looking to eat your feelings rather than confront what's really going on inside?
I do believe that this could only work if the person is incredibly disciplined and chooses to pair this with other methods. You can't exactly tell yourself that eating a late night meal is bad for you in between noshing on some fried chicken wings and expect to lose weight. Being consistent, aware of your health habits, eating smaller portions of healthier foods, and staying motivated during workouts is what will ultimately help you reach your goal.
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What dieting tricks have you tried to lose weight?