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Posted on February 2, 2015 · Posted in Emotional Eating, Weight Loss Tips, Your Relationship with Food

End Yo-Yo Dieting by Quieting Your Inner Food Voice

Most American women have unhealthy thoughts, feelings or behaviors related to food (75% of us according to a recent survey). You can end yo-yo dieting by quieting the voice inside your head that is constantly manipulating you and rationalizing your food choices.

Inner Food Voice: God or Bad

Are you listening to that voice in your head that is constantly rationalizing about how much food you should eat? The inner food voice sounds something like this:

  • Tomorrow I will start a new diet. So today I can eat that piece of cake.
  • I had a stressful day so just one piece of candy is not going to hurt?
  • I am celebrating my birthday today so eating anything I choose is okay.

You are not alone. Our inner voice is powerful. We find reasons to justify our choices of food hundreds of times throughout the day. This on-going dialogue:

  • justifies the food we choose
  • makes us feel guilty
  • changes in a heartbeat
  • judges us as being good or bad

Is there a better way?

I believe there is. But first, let’s look at a couple of examples of this behavior.

You lost weight and are feeling good.   You are determined to stay at your new weight. You begin eating the right portions of food but then one day a co-worker is having a birthday.

You are invited to participate in the celebration. While celebrating you negotiate with your inner food voice and:

  • choose to indulge in a piece of chocolate cake
  • only one small piece won’t put on all those pounds you just lost
  • you deserve to have just one piece

Now your inner food voice:

  • makes you feel guilty
  • makes you feel you have been bad
  • makes you promise to eat healthy tomorrow

The next day you keep your promise and eat healthy. By the end of the day you check in with your inner voice and you get exactly what you had hoped for: “You have been good today.”

The next week there is another birthday in the office. Today they are celebrating with a whipped cream cake.   Your inner food voice justifies your decision to eat.

  • take a small piece and just have two bites
  • goes dormant until the plate is cleaned as if it had been run through the dishwasher
  • makes you feel guilty again

You know the routine. You are on the roller coast ride one more time. The following week you decide that you better get on the scale.

  • you get the courage to weigh in first thing in the morning
  • when you awake you head straight for the bathroom but first you move the scale to a place where it usually records your lowest weight
  • you carefully and slowly put one foot on, then the other and there it is. A number. Is it a good or bad number?  

What will your inner food voice say?

  • rationalize that you have only gained four pounds
  • your clothes still fit
  • today I’ll be good

Is there a better way? Yes, there is.

Our inner food voice is so powerful and it is not about being good or bad. We have lost touch with what our body is asking for. If we listen to what our body needs, the choices we make will help us stay healthy, lose weight and enjoy eating.

With so many diets on the market, we have been conditioned to see food as the enemy. Food is not the enemy. Our inner food voice can be the enemy because it knows how to rationalize and manipulate. If we stop long enough to get in touch with what our body is asking for and how much we actually need to feel satisfied, the body will digest and metabolize the exact amount of food eaten, not store unneeded food that cause weight gain.