As diverse as my client base has gotten over the years, there’ve always been two factors uniting each of them in their goals. These factors consist of two very fundamental desires: Every one of my clients has always wanted to look his or her best, and feel his or her healthiest.
In fact, I have yet to hear of anyone who specifically wants to have a less than optimal body composition, walk around with a spare tire around her waist, or get out of breath when walking up a flight of stairs.
Being that none of the people with whom I’ve worked were ever under the impression that overeating sugars, unhealthy fats, and empty calories will assist them in reaching their goals, the following question begs to be asked:
Why do people insist on continually overeating unhealthy foods while admittedly realizing that doing so is in direct conflict with their very real, highly desired goals of health, vitality, and overall lean and attractive appearance?
I’ve discovered the simple answer to that question years ago. The truth is, while most of us know what we should and shouldn’t eat, very few of us find it easy to follow through with a restricted way of eating.
What’s more, is that this difficulty controlling our impulses around food is in no way abnormal; it’s actually extremely natural, being that it’s completely fueled by everyday hormonal fluctuations.
Since women generally experience much greater fluctuations in their hormone levels than do men, so does the fairer sex struggle with eating disorders, food addictions, and emotional eating issues much more frequently than their male counterparts.
The single detail that’s most important for everyone to understand, is that disordered eating isn’t a matter over which one should feel ashamed.
Any man or woman can learn to tweak his or her lifestyle in a way that will harness those hormonal fluctuations, prompting positive reactions and suppressing the urge to binge, crash diet, overindulge, or any other of the extreme behaviors.
Every craving, every ounce of self control you have (or lack) around food is dependent upon properly addressing your specific emotional reactions and urges when it comes to eating. There’s a whole lot more to getting in shape and staying there than coming up with a diet from a simply nutritional standpoint.
True, long term success is more about the psychology of food than counting calories.
This remains the case regardless of whether your goal is to compete in the higher ranks of a physique competition, build muscle, build strength, lose a few pounds, lose more than a few pounds, or just take better care of your general well being.