December 26, 2023

Mindset Hack: Ditching the Yo-Yo Dieting Drama

Health + Fitness

If you’ve ever found yourself caught in the never-ending cycle of gaining and losing the same 10 to 20 pounds, you’re not alone. I’ve been there, and it can be utterly frustrating. But fear not, because today, I’m here to share a game-changing mindset hack that will have you waving goodbye to restriction, deprivation, and that pesky diet mentality. Grab a snack (seriously, it’s allowed), sit back, and let’s dive into this refreshing approach to conquering those cravings!

The All-Too-Familiar Battle

We’ve all been there, right? That internal debate about whether to indulge in that mouthwatering treat or not. It’s like a tug-of-war between our desire for something delicious and our determination to shed those pounds. If you’re anything like me, you’ve often given in to temptation, only to chastise yourself later, promising that tomorrow will be the day you start your diet, so you better make the most of your last hurrah. Spoiler alert: this cycle rarely ends well. You end up overeating, gaining more weight than you initially wanted to lose, and the frustration continues.

Delay, Don’t Deny

But what if I told you there’s a more sensible approach to dealing with cravings? Instead of denying yourself the things you love, try delaying your gratification. Most cravings have an expiration date of sorts – they tend to dissipate after 20 to 30 minutes. So, instead of saying, “I can’t have this because I’m trying to lose weight,” tell yourself, “I can have it in 30 minutes .”

Picture this: you’re eyeing that irresistible slice of cake. Instead of diving right in, pour yourself a glass of water and take a few sips. Next, distract yourself with a short activity – maybe it’s a quick workout, a phone call to a friend, or even some light reading. Whatever floats your boat, as long as it keeps you occupied for about half an hour. Surprise! The Craving Might Just Vanish

Now, here’s the magic of this 30-minute delay tactic. After that 20 to 30 minutes have passed, you might be surprised to find that you no longer want that slice of cake as badly as you initially did. Cravings often lose their intensity when you give them some time to calm down. It’s like a little waiting game you play with yourself, and more often than not, you come out as the victor!

You Can Still Indulge Responsibly

But what if, after the wait, you still find yourself dreaming of that cake? Fear not, my friend, because indulgence is not the enemy. If you genuinely want it, go ahead and enjoy it. The key here is to do so mindfully and in moderation. Savor every bite, and remember that one treat doesn’t derail all your progress. Life’s too short not to enjoy the occasional indulgence.

So, there you have it, the 30-minute mindset hack to conquer those cravings and break free from the yo-yo dieting cycle. Instead of denying yourself the pleasures of life, delay your gratification, and watch those cravings lose their grip on you. Remember, it’s all about finding balance, enjoying what you love, and taking steps toward a healthier, happier you. So, the next time you’re faced with temptation, give the 30-minute rule a try – your waistline and your sanity will thank you!

If you are looking for more tools to use on your weight loss journey, check out my Body Confidence Academy!


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I’m Natasha Pehrson

Your ultimate hype girl and weight loss bestie! I’m a wife and mom to 4 who has lost 100 pounds by ditching diets and instead focusing on creating healthy habits and changing my overall mindset around losing weight. Get to know me.