This could be the most important video you’ll ever watch on weight-loss.
I do this at home. I teach this to my clients and I write about these strategies here on Eat∙Move∙Be. But sometimes the ‘medium is the message’ and when I saw this video I knew I wanted to share it with you.
In the TEDx video, How to make healthy eating unbelievably easy, Luke Durward tells a personal story of how he ‘accidentally’ helped his 11-year-old younger brother — a chronic over-eater and over-weight — to eat healthier and lose weight by making a few changes to his eating habits, behaviour and environment.
It’s that simple. I’ve written about this idea in, Simple Healthy Snacks for Work and School.
You need to remove all the barriers to your success.
If you want to lose body fat you will need to remove all the unhealthy, processed and refined foods from your home, and replace them with real, wholesome and nutritious food options.
Throw out the processed foods, crackers, junk foods, cookies, deserts, etc. Don’t wait until you’ve eaten them all.
As Durward says,
The beauty of this solution is that it takes willpower out of the equation. Quite simply, if it’s not there, you can’t eat it.
If you don’t see your trigger foods it’s highly unlikely that you’ll feel like you’re depriving yourself.
To succeed in any endeavour you need to minimize the decisions you have to make.
When you come home from a long day and only have healthy meals prepared in your fridge your decision is simple: you eat the healthy food.
The only decision you have to make is, “Which of these healthy meals should I eat?”
This is why I actively promote cooking your meals in bulk for the week.
What are your trigger foods? What foods will you eat to excess that you know are bad for you? What foods make you crave more?
Your action step is to make the decision to remove them from your home. No exceptions.
This doesn’t mean you can never have these foods in the future. Instead, go to the store and buy a single serving when you feel that you really need to indulge, or for a cheat meal when out with friends. Just don’t bring it home.
Remember that you need minimize your decisions to be successful. If your trigger foods are not at home you won’t have the option to decide whether to eat them or not.
This is how you make your environment work for you, not against you — change your environment to match your goals.
Make your healthy home environment the default (i.e. free of unhealthy foods in the cupboards or fridge), not the exception.
Finally, these changes are not about depriving yourself or eating a ‘low-calorie’ diet, rather this is about eating healthy meals throughout the day that satisfy you and are good for you.
Eat Well to Be well!