The path to changing our behavior has very little to do with determination.
We achieve control not by willpower, but by
find ways to completely derive willpower from the equation.
According to social psychologist Wendy Wood, author of Good Habits, Bad Habits, the main force to eliminate bad habits is frictionIn other words, make bad habits uncomfortable.
She cites the ways in which increased friction
produced a decrease in smoking: laws that prohibit it in restaurants, bars,
airplanes and trains; taxes that helped triple the price of cigarettes in
USA over the past twenty years; vending cigarette cleaning
machines and tobacco advertising from television and radio.
We can apply the same concept to eating behavior. But first, I think it’s important to research the science behind passionate desire.
In an ideal world, your desire to eat will be caused only by internal signals coming from your body into your brain.
Hungry. Look for food!
Except that we no longer need to look for food. And our desire to eat is caused not only by physical hunger. We fall asleep with food all day every day and with pictures of food wherever we turn.
The main problem we are facing is that vision + sense of smell + thinking about food creates an effect that mimics what we experience when we are physically hungry,
When you see + sniff + imagine food, all the same processes that occur when you necessary food is going on. The signals that reach your brain through your senses activate a neurological cascade that causes insulin uptake + a decrease in blood glucose. Low blood glucose tells you your brain need to eatIn addition, your stomach relaxes, so that you have more space for food + you need more to make it feel full.
This happens in response to what you just see, smell, or think about food. Which was very useful when there was little food. Today is not so much.
If you ever wondered why using willpower to overcome traction, it means pushing a boulder uphill, that's why. When we do not respond to a cascade of biological events with food, it seems terrible. Even when we don’t need food.
The most effective way to control our cravings is to eliminate the triggers as much as possible.
Since there are only a few days before Halloween, here
A few tips for Halloween sweets.
- Do not buy candy until the day before Halloween (or the day)
- Ask someone in your family to hide it if it has already been purchased.
- Buy what you don't like
- Leave the leftovers in a bowl outside at the end of the night (they will ABSOLUTELY disappear)
Bottom line, make healthy options comfortable + visible and unhealthy options uncomfortable + out of sight.
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