You probably know the story of the tortoise and the hare. In the story, a tortoise and a hare are having a race. The hare starts out fast and strong, doing everything he needs to win. Eventually, the enthusiasm dies down, and he takes a break. This allows the tortoise to catch up as he is steadily working towards reaching the goal line. In the end, the tortoise wins as he never gave up and continuously reached for his goals.
This story can be a source of inspiration to you if you are struggling with emotional eating.
Maybe, like many others who struggle with emotional eating, you start off like the hare. You believe that to end emotional eating, you must follow a strict diet and stick to a rigid eating routine.
You start strong! Finding the newest fad diet, you begin at a fast pace. You work extremely hard and do everything that is suggested by the diet. For the first couple of weeks, you see your weight dropping every time you step on the scale.
Eventually you reach a plateau, and your emotional eating struggles creep up. This happens because you worked quickly without thought of changing your lifestyle. You take a break from your diet, and gain back the weight you initially lost. You become the rabbit, starting off quickly and then taking a break when you think you are ahead. You may try again with another fast-paced diet, only to reach the same results. When you are the hare trying to lose weight, you end up in a vicious dieting cycle.
So what about the tortoise? How does he win the race? He believes that slow and steady is the way to be. By following a non-diet approach to weight loss, you can control emotional eating. If you go slow and steady without trying to change everything at one, you will reach your goal.
Emotional eating programs should help you lose weight in the most natural and healthy manner without dieting. Rather than diet, you will work on an emotional and physical lifestyle change. In order to make these changes last, you should not be in a hurry to make huge changes all at once. It will be too much and will not result in permanent change. By being slow and steady, you can implement one technique to curve emotional eating at a time. Once you have become successful with you change, add another. This way the techniques can become second nature.
You may have significant struggles with emotional eating. This is a common in the lives of many women. By learning how to follow a non-diet approach, you can begin to see permanent change. The non-diet approach to controlling emotional eating works with your body instead of against your body in order to achieve success. Just remember - slow and steady wins the race.