Weight Loss After 50: 8 Core Beliefs
Men over 50 Need New Beliefs About Food and Weight Loss
By: Amber Alexander
One of the most powerful strategies for ending emotional eating or any other undesirable eating habit is one that few men over 50 consider:
Examine your beliefs about food and what food means to you and, if necessary, change them.
Change does not mean you have to have superhuman willpower, it is what you do when a behavior violates your strongest beliefs. Strong beliefs=no temptation. To create a new belief system for your behavior, change the metaphors you use to describe your body and the food you eat.
If you believe your body was a temple or a divine gift, would you desecrate it by poisoning it with junk food? What if you said your body was like a high-performance sports car? Would you fuel it any differently?
Core beliefs lean men over 50 have about food:
1. Food is for building material. I will become what I eat, as the food becomes the cells, organs, and tissues of my body
2. Food is for fuel. I will be as energetic as the fuel I put into my bodily engine
3. Food is nourishment. Nutritious foods contain everything I need for perfect health
4. Food ignites the metabolic fire. When I eat foods that are nourishing on a consistent meal schedule, I am stoking my metabolic furnace
5. Food is the best medicine
6. Fruit is nature’s candy
7. Lean protein is the lean muscle builder
8. High-fiber foods are natures’s Roto-Rooter
If you believed your body was a lean, fat-burning machine, how do you think it might affect your attitude toward training? If you’re going to label yourself anyway, choose empowering labels!