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There is a relationship between the emotions and the physiology associated with weight loss. Cravings cause the physical desire to overeat and habits are the result of an emotional desire to overeat.

One method to demonstrate this link and how it can be broken is through the concept of weighing. When we weigh ourselves we are often in an emotional state. We crave a loss which will either exhaust elation or cause depression depending on the result.

On the other hand if we weigh our food consumption , this takes all the emotion out of the weighing process and will help us with our craving physiology. In essence I am suggesting that you stop weighing yourself and start weighing everything that you eat. This is impossible when socialising ( one of the traps in sustained weight loss). Socialising can be adapted to function between traditional mealtimes subject matter for another blog.

That aside I urge any reader who is trying to lose weight to try this process. Get rid of your bathroom scales and start using your kitchen scales instead. I you must weigh yourself do it once a month only using someone else’s scales. This way you will notice a trend in weightless that takes the rollercoaster emotion out of the weighing ritual.

Weighing food has a powerful effect of bringing habitual behaviour into your consciousness. Habits by definition are locked in the subconscious and are reinforced by emotional response. Think of it like an experienced driver who drives to work every day without conscious memory of his journey. It only when he has a bang that he suddenly become aware of his driving. Weighing food brings that consciousness to the weight loss table without the destructiveness of an emotional response.

Peter Bull ( Author of the book Get In Touch With Your Slimmer Self )

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