I could never do diets. I don’t like salad, and I’m not the kind of person who can eat what someone tells me to when they say I should. But I managed to lose weight in my own special way. Not by following a fad diet but by developing a series of mind tricks like these:
Treat your body like an exclusive club.
Imagine you’re the bouncer and the people lining up are foods. Healthy foods go right in. But foods high in fat or sugar; only admit the ones you truly love. Before you lift the red velvet rope on your body, ask yourself if this food deserves a place inside?
If you can take it or leave it, always leave it.
Make this your mantra. As with life, you can’t have everything, but you can have what you want most. Think about which treats you adore and let yourself enjoy them when you really want them. But be honest about treats that are eaten out of habit or simply because they’re there.
Remember, there’ll always be another waffle.
This is a key mindset shift. If you’ve ordered a dessert that’s not hitting the spot or your fries are soggy, push the plate away. Just because you’ve given in to a craving doesn’t mean you must finish everything. If it’s not great, don’t finish it.
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