Saturday, June 5, 2021

How I lost 100 pounds without weight loss drugs: Mind over Platter tips to curb hunger

I just wrote a blog post on the newly FDA-approved weight loss drug, Wegovy. It's a chemical appetite suppressant used to treat obesity. This blog is devoted to sharing how I lost 100 pounds without gastric bypass or diet pills. I'm concerned that chemical weight loss drugs curb hunger but at what health cost? The "My 600-lb Life" reality TV show hears the many excuses folks make to avoid following the 1200 calorie diet. I'm predicting that Wegovy will be used as just another diet cheat. But happily, you can lose weight without them. 

We don't need "My 600-lb Life" to prove that obesity is a huge problem. Just look around. I looked in the mirror and didn't like how overweight I was. Here's how lost 100 pounds, 10 BMI points and 9 dress sizes. I curb hunger without weight loss drugs with natural plant-based appetite suppressants and fat burners (raspberry ketones, green tea, garcinia cambogia and cinnamon). 

But most of my weight loss was down to learning self-control and exercising willpower. I use what I call "mind over platter" or Jedi mind tricks. (LOL). These emotional (spiritual) health resets help me not only curb hunger but also stinkin thinkin (thank you Al-Anon). 

"My 600-lb Life" proves patients need more than just gastric bypass. They struggle as much with the emotional as the physical struggle of being overweight. They confuse wanting food with needing it. Part of how I lost 100 pounds was to sort out my relationship with food. Hunger and cravings were constant. Along with the weight loss supplements, my "mind over platter" tricks help me psych myself full and curb hunger. Here are my psychological appetite suppressants. 

Get used to feeling a little hungry all the time. The truth is there's no magic bean that will completely curb hunger plus make you lose weight. Green tea helps--caffeine products are good appetite suppressants but they can also increase hunger so use with caution. 

Use any appetite suppressants with not instead of portion control. Weight loss drugs and diet pills like Wegovy don't teach new eating habits like a 1200 calorie diet does.  

Think of hunger as an ally instead of enemy. When you feel hungry, use it as an alarm clock. Perhaps you're working too hard and need a break. Get some fresh air to take your mind off food cravings. Maybe you really do need to eat. Starving yourself doesn't make you lose weight. Food deprivation borks your metabolism and can make you gain weight. Maybe you're just thirsty (the body confuses hunger and thirst). 

Mind over platter or, what's really the matter?  Are you lonely and "hungry" for companionship, love, human interaction or a hug. Bypass the comfort food (junk food) which doesn't satisfy for time with loved ones. It's not as simple as finding foods to fill you up. You have to change how you think about yourself, what you eat, how you eat and what role food fills in your life.

Mind over platter: cravings too shall pass. I was very overweight (clearly if I lost 100 pounds). And I promise you, don't despair. In early obesity, you may think you'll never get full on the 1200 calorie diet. But you will as your stomach shrinks with weight loss.  

Lose weight by learning to be satisfied with less. Redefine "feeling full."  Don't eat till you are full, or beyond, just satisfied. 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 instead of diving right into that second (third, 26th) helping. 

Curb hunger by appreciating what you have. When you feel hungry, consider the many who know real starvation. Keep their photos on the fridge and offer up your hunger for them. Send money you saved eating less, to missions. 

Put food in its proper place as nourishment, not solace, a friend or lover. No gastric bypass or weight loss drug or diet pill can replace this "mind over platter" trick. Practice portion control Talk yourself out of eating junk, rather than convincing yourself you deserve it. Rethink treats. Junk food is no treat if it makes you overweight, sick and tired.

Fill up your fun tank to fight obesity. Do something active, not passive (texting, video games or watching TV). You get hungrier staring at a screen and it's easier to mindlessly eat. Get outside, Garden. Volunteer, Walk the dog, kids and husband. Do housework. Make crafts with the children. Go out with friends for coffee. Romp with the kids in a pile of leaves. Take a nap or start a project. Run a tub of hot water and read. 

These are awesomely therapeutic psychological appetite suppressants lick diet pills any day!  

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