Too often people equate deprivation with weight loss. WRONG! Deprivation causes weight gain!
Deprivation is the lack or denial of something considered to be a necessity, according to the dictionary. So why do we feel deprived when we tell ourselves we cannot enjoy a piece of cake?
An evil four-letter word leads us to feelings of deprivation,
Dieting is restricting food to lose weight. When on a diet, we restrict or deprive ourselves of the things we want, or believe we want. When you go on a diet, you put yourself into a deprivation mindset.
Is the above sequence familiar?
What to do instead of depriving yourself
Focus on the foods you love and are good for you. When we diet, we focus on the foods we cannot or should not eat. Instead of listing the foods you want to avoid, list the foods you love and focus on them. Do you love strawberries? Well, strawberries are nutritious so eat them up. With countless options of healthy and delicious foods to eat, you can find healthy alternatives to what you crave, whether savory or sweet. Try different foods and find the nutrient dense foods that satisfy you the most.
There are some situations you will need to deal with, especially when you are away from home and exercise less control over your choices. Take these steps to help you deal with feelings of deprivation.
1. Understand what's happening
The first thing you must do is to notice when you are feeling deprived. Pay attention to how you feel when food is presented: restaurants, parties, dinner at the neighbors, etc. Learn to recognize that you are feeling deprived, guilty or another limiting emotion.
2. Recognize your power
Now that you recognize that you are feeling deprived, understand that you have power over your thoughts and beliefs and that you can change them.
3. Ask yourself questions
When you are feeling deprived, ask yourself questions that help you understand the root of your feelings and that help remind you of what is important to you. Here are four questions to get your started.
“What am I being deprived of? Is it the food itself or is it something else such as the belonging it signifies?”
“Am I really being deprived? Am I being denied something I need?”
“Is there something I want more?”
“If I eat this, am I depriving myself of something more important?”
4. Make a conscious choice
No matter what you do, make thoughtful decisions and understand the consequences of your decisions. Here are three choices to make.
Remember, feeling deprived leads to unhealthy behaviors. You have the power to change your deprivation mindset to a growth mindset and lead a healthy well-balanced lifestyle.
This is a modified excerpt from Fit and Fabulous, which takes the reader on a yearlong journey from frustrated to fit and fabulous, one week at a time.