Most of us who start a new diet plan get super excited when we start. We (often) feel relieved to be entering a new phase. In the first 1-2 weeks its not uncommon to lose 2-4kg (4-10lbs). This initial loss gives us a morale boost to keep going. We are on the right track and it feels good!
Then we hit a plateau. We may have no weight loss for 1-2 weeks. We start to miss those comfort foods. We see them everywhere. We can smell and taste them. That huge bowl of pasta, the sugary salty fast-food, the greasy gravy-laden stodge.
How do we move on from this phase?
You could try this association game:
Think of something that turns your stomach. A pungent smell (dog poo?), or a food that doesn’t agree with you and makes your stomach feel bloated. Once you’ve got that feeling picture a food or a meal that is your dieting weakness. A pastie, a yorkshire pudding, an ice cream etc. The aim is to link the food with it making you feel as if your stomach doesn’t want to eat it. You can control the sensation so that you ‘feel good’ when you think of an apple yet you ‘feel a bit blurgh’ when you think of a pudding.
Dont worry, you can change the feeling when you want so that the pudding, when you choose to have it, makes you ‘feel good’. The difference is you are in control.
Disclaimer: please do not attempt this if you have a history of psychological food-related disorders or a tendency towards obsessive conditions.