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The Think Thin Diet
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The Think yourself Thin Diet

Your mind is a powerful tool and is more than capable of learning new habits, like making healthy eating and lifestyle choices.

You can break patterns of behaviour, such as snacking because you are feeling stressed or upset. You just need to learn how to re-program yourself, such as learning to reward yourself with something other than food. You have the power to feel good about yourself and take control of your eating, and to enjoy a healthy relationship with food.

The first step to taking control of your diet is to become more aware of what you are actually eating. That is why so many diet experts recommend

keeping a diet journal

so you are able to pinpoint your weaker moments in the day when you more likely to slip off your diet. Identifying your problem eating patterns makes them so much easier to deal with.

A recent study has discovered that 3pm and 8pm are the 'danger' spots during the day, when a lot of us succumb to snacking. It's when our energy levels slump. The most common snack when you are feeling at a low ebb is chocolate! Guard against this by planning ahead and having plenty of healthy snack options readily available, like fresh juicy berries, chunks of delicious melon and grapes chilling in your fridge.

Enjoy your meals

Although we are all busy, it is a good idea to make meals an occasion to enjoy. Don't do something while you eat, like watching television or reading a book - concentrate on eating the food. Always sit down, preferably at a table, and enjoy the taste and texture of your meal. That way your stomach will have time to process your eating, and send a message to your brain that you are satisfied and no longer hungry.

Try not to eat in order to combat an emotional need rather than a physical hunger. Many of us make an emotional connection to certain foods - boredom, stress, tiredness, frustration and pain can all lead to comfort food eating. It is well recognised that for many women suffering Pre-Menstrual Tension (PMT) can be connected with the time in the month that they really crave chocolate.

If you really can't resist chocolate replace high sugar milk chocolate snacks with just one square of high cocoa (70% at least) good quality, plain chocolate. It will satisfy that chocolate desire, and contains antioxidants, minerals, and mood
enhancing chemicals that increase the levels of endorphins, which make you feel happy.
But you won't want to eat so much, just let it slowly melt in your mouth and enjoy.

Are you really hungry?

 

relaxation

When you next crave a snack try and ask yourself whether you are satisfying a definite hunger pang, or is it really because you are trying to find a quick fix to make yourself feel better, or happier? If you answer the latter, this is the time you can re-program your behaviour and treat yourself with something other than food - a luxurious bubble bath, or some 'you' time just relaxing, or doing what makes you feel good - listening to your favourite music, watching a dvd, taking a walk.

Practise visualising your new slim self in the latest dress or latest outfit you'd love to wear, and when you feel tempted to overeat remember this picture of what can be the new you. Believe it and you will achieve your weight-loss.

Don't be tempted to ignore real hunger. If you drop meals or make yourself wait too long for a meal, ignoring your body's needs, you will be in danger of overeating when you do finally eat. Three healthy meals a day are the best solution for most people.

Thirst can also be mistaken for hunger, so try and have a glass of water before you reach to satisfy any hunger pangs. We should all be drinking at least 2 litres of water throughout the day, to keep our bodies hydrated.

Lose the Guilt

You need to lose any negative feelings about food, and stop feeling guilty if you occasionally fall off your diet. Recognise that we are all human and that tomorrow will be a better day. It's far more healthier to enjoy a treat and then carry on with your healthy diet, than to punish yourself. A sustainable very low calorie diet is difficult. Instead embrace an overall healthy lifestyle, rather than try to rigidly stick to under 1200 calories a day and be miserable. If you eat healthily and incorporate exercise into your daily life you will start to feel better about yourself, have more energy and begin to get the body you want and most importantly - keep it !

Hypnotherapy

There is a lot of help available, if you decide you need support to work on your feelings with food. Many of our eating habits and patterns can date back from childhood. We may have deep seated connections with certain foods that make us feel better or bring us comfort, but it is still possible to change these. Emotional eating can be replaced by choosing to eat only when your body needs it - when you genuinely feel hungry, rather than to fill an emotional gap. The key is being able to recognise the difference.

Hypnotherapists, like Susan Hepburn and Paul McKenna, have helped many take control of their diet with their successful weight-loss plans. They both provide weight-loss help CDs with their best selling diet books to help you relax, and help change the way you feel about food. The more motivated you are about changing your eating habits, then the more successful this type of diet will be. The desire for change has to come from you for it to work, not because of any pressure from friends or family. Remember, your brain ultimately controls your eating, so you can take control and be the size you want to be.

www.susanhepburn.com
www.paulmckenna.com


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