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5 Important Tips to Make Your Weight Loss Plans actually WORK!

2. Lack of nutritional know-how and disordered eating habits

What we eat, how much and when are more function of our minds than our taste buds and stomachs. What leads to obesity are consistently poor choices about food and activity often fuelled by things other than hunger.

Emotions, habitual patterns, expectations from others and lack of self-belief all play a role in our impulses regarding food. Someone struggling with obesity has the task of unpicking their tangled thinking about food, which includes developing a greater understanding of nutrition as well as their own assumptions that lead to overeating and bad food choices. The difficulty in the box can be that the eating habits of your athlete level member and the overweight members are worlds apart. But more than that, beliefs about food are also vastly different.

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What leads to obesity are consistently poor choices about food and activity often fuelled by things other than hunger. Emotions, habitual patterns, expectations from others and lack of self-belief all play a role in our impulses regarding food.

This can lead to discouragement with the overweight member feeling that the change required is too great or that they are a failure unless they are 100% paleo, measuring every morsel on scales. Also watch out for faulty thinking about nutrition, such as “I deserve this treat because I worked out so hard!” or “I’m on the diet/off the diet.” or “I have to eat ______ if everyone else/the kids/my family is eating it.”

As a coach, you might notice the member who won’t accept the role of nutrition as vital to their progress, or the member who sees a WOD as atonement for the weekend’s indulgences. Fight this with a consistent focus on overall health underpinned by lifestyle, whether it’s Saturday night at the pub or Monday morning at the box.

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