Monday, August 2, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds listening to Foreigner

Gweetings, fwiends! If you follow my weight loss story, you'll know that I like to write provocative blog post titles to pique your interest. A few weeks ago, we looked at how I lost 100 pounds listening to John Lennon. Today we explore how to lose weight listening to Foreigner, specifically the song "Head Games." To shed obesity, I had to employ head games which I call "Mind over Platter" mind tricks. They're part Al-Anon, part Jedi, part brain retraining and a whole lotta plain ol' common sense. 

Mind over Platter head game 1: Rethink hunger as an alarm clock. Al-Anon says to HALT (stop when you are you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired). The gastric bypass reality TV show "My 600-lb Life" shows overweight people dealing with lots of emotional issues and turning to food for comfort. Learn from them and listen to what your hunger is really saying. If its something else, sort it. If it's real, eat. Over calorie restricting won't help you lose weight and can slow metabolism and weight loss. 

Mind over Platter head game 2: Be satisfied with less. We see on "My 600-lb Life" how obesity stems from super-size portions. Practice portion control--eat 3-4 ounce servings of meat, not 10-12. Put food in its proper place.  Eat till you are satisfied, not stuffed. Weight loss happens when you stop eating when you are still a little hungry. Plus you'll feel fuller if you let your food settle. 

Mind over Platter mind trick 3: Redefine "comfort food." The path to overweight starts by confusing sweets with treats. "My 600-lb Life" shows how uncomfortable supposed comfort food makes us. It demonstrates how "treats" mistreat us. A healthier meal plan like the 1200 calorie diet provides comfort and from obesity, diabetes, hypertension and treats us to better overall health. 

Mind over Platter head game 4: Get your just desserts. So we've established that healthy food is the real treat.  Now we have to rethink what we deserve. Obesity fattitude tells us we "deserve" treats, desserts, etc, because we've earned them. "My 600-lb Life" patients use this same illogic saying they deserve gastric bypass even after they fail to lose weight as required before surgery. If we are overweight, what our body really deserves is a calorie restricting 1200 calorie diet not more "comfort food."

Mind over Platter head game 5: Talk outta not inta. To fight obesity, talk yourself out of desserts, candy, pop and chips, rather than convincing yourself you deserve it. Talk yourself into calorie restricting and 1200 calorie diet food swaps. 

Mind over Platter head game 6: Practice an attitude of gratitude instead of fattitude. Fattitude is Al-Anon type stinkin thinkin. Fattitude feels sorry for itself, overeats, gets overweight, and feels even sorrier for itself. Gratitude looks outward and gives thanks for blessings. 

These head games are the foundation of how I lost 100 pounds. Picture is me left with my awesome lil sissy! <3

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