Do you have beliefs that may interfere with your attempts at losing weight, or keeping extra weight off?
Beliefs are something that we obtain and internalize as infants- or even inherit them genetically. There are also beliefs we learned at school, from the media and from other people as we have matured and we have come to believe that they are true. Some of these beliefs are still being perpetuated by the media and the Diet and Food industries.
Many people believe that because something is well known, then “it must be true because everyone knows it!” However, just because something is a popular belief does not make it true. For example; for many years it was believed that eggs are bad for you because they are full of cholesterol, then it was decided that it was ok to have eggs after all.
Going back hundreds of years everyone believed the earth was flat.
We can adopt various beliefs from childhood such as a religion, or a work ethic, or the beliefs of our particular culture; table manners, or use of language. Because we do not know any different and our subconscious mind cannot argue back, we grow up believing that there is no other way. Some children can speak quite a few languages simply because they are surrounded by people speaking different languages from an early age.
This is one reason why some people grow up to believe that they will never amount to anything in life, because they have been told as children that they wouldn’t.
Some examples with food and eating are that “saturated fat is bad for you” or that “fat goes straight to your arteries and blocks them up”. Another famous one is the Calorie myth. Which goes something like: “Energy in must equal energy out, and if you want to lose weight then it is as simple as eating less calories than you are expending, then you will lose weight” Those of you who have been dieting for many years on this basis, know that this does not work in practice. You may lose the weight to start with, but with one diet after the other it gets harder and harder.
Zoe Harcombe did extensive research into this, particularly around the idea that 3500 calories = a pound of fat and she asked numerous agencies including the NHS, BDA (British Dietetic Association) NICE and the National Obesity Forum in the UK where this idea came from and whether they could find the scientific source? None of them could give an accurate answer. In her book she sets forth a challenge and requests an answer from anyone who may have it. As far as I know she has not yet received one. You can read this for yourself in her book “The Obesity Epidemic”, Chapter 7.
On a lighter note, many people have internalized the idea that “a Mars a Day helps you work rest and play”, which came from an old advert in the seventies. This was based on keeping sugar levels topped up. But did you know that if you need to top up your sugar levels you only actually need about a teaspoon. You can get that from a square of 85% dark chocolate. (For the more scientifically minded, Google; “Calories in Dark Chocolate-Fat Secrets)
There is a way out of this quandary however, firstly by doing some research and there are now numerous books being published that are knocking these beliefs into question. Authors whose work you can find on the internet are Gary Taubes and John Biffra, and there are many others, and once you start searching you will find that you can become engrossed, as you discover the truth behind the false beliefs that we as consumers, dieters, and even healthy eaters have been encouraged to believe.
“If you always do what you’ve always done; you will always get what you’ve always got!”
When Mark Twain said this, he was so right. We have been eating the way that government bodies and numerous diet books have suggested now for years. Yet it is not working is it? Think about why there are so many diets on the market, if any of them worked, the industry would die out!
Once you have researched and found out what the truth is for yourself, and that there is another way of thinking, you can change your beliefs. There may be beliefs that are holding you back in other areas of your life too, such as “I’m too old” or “I’m not clever enough”
It certainly does not help when people have false body images. Women try living up to images of celebrities or models and wonder why they cannot succeed. But did you know that many of these images are touched up, and if you are trying to emulate these people, you are certainly following a false belief.
Many people have help changing those beliefs by coaching or personal development, through courses, reading and by talking with friends. But be sure that these friends are thinking along the same lines as you, because when people see you acting differently they can feel threatened and may try to thwart your efforts.
Have YOU ever thought about your beliefs?
Do you go along with the conventional ideas that have not worked for you or anyone else?
Have you thought about why there is a problem with Weight and Food Management even though people are following the rules that are set out by Diet companies, and in the myriads of books on the market?
Perhaps now’s the time to start that research.