A large part of learning to eat less is learning why we eat. Unfortunately, often times we go about this process in a very backwards manner.
We concentrate far to much on the final outcome of ‘what we ate’, rather than the underlying motives, causes and goals behind “Why do I eat”.
In order to really examine ‘why we eat’ we must remove any emotion or preconceptions about the food ate, and treat it more like ‘data’ than food.
If we try to figure out ‘why we ate’, while concentrating on ‘what we ate’, the results become skewed.
If ‘what you ate’ was a banana, you may quickly fall on the ‘it’s healthy’ side of things and decide that the reason you ate the banana was because it was ‘good for you’.
If ‘what you ate’ was a chocolate bar, you may quickly fall on the ‘it’s a treat’ side of things and decide that the reason you ate the chocolate bar was because ‘you deserved it’.
In this case we could actually miss the TRUE reason that you decided to eat (you were bored, stressed, it’s a habit etc).
So do truly understand ‘why you eat’, you must avoid passing judgement on ‘what you ate’.
I understand this is an extremely messy blog post (It was late when I wrote this) but my goal was/is to tell you that far to many people lose the weight loss battle because they focus too much on the ‘what you ate’ and not enough on the ‘why you ate’.
Something to think about the next time you are on an Eat Stop Eat fast