I ordered Chicken and Biscuits for my main meal and a Pineapple Upside Down Cheesecake for desert. There were two ladies sat next to me discussing the merits of choosing their food from the Skinnylicious menu, which is designed to help you cut down on the calories.
The ladies talked at length about what dishes they were going to consume in order to be sensible and reduce their caloric intake.
“I’ll have the endive salad…WITH FRIES.” Came the order followed by, “I’ll have the Cajun Chicken pieces…WITH FRIES.”
Both of these main meals were followed by huge slices of cheesecake.
This is a mistake that I see a lot of people making when they want to change their diet. If you want to reduce your caloric intake then don’t go to the Cheesecake Factory. I could end the blog post right here. The advice has been delivered.
People believe that they have the ability to use willpower when creating a new habit or abstaining from an old one. They underestimate both the power of the ego and the hard wired synapses in the old grey matter. Relying on willpower alone is like stepping into the ring with Floyd Mayweather. It’s bold and brass, but you are going to be eating your teeth sooner or later.
If you are trying to change a habit – in this case reduce caloric intake – then you need to create a risk assessment.
1. What are my potential hazards?
2. Who is at risk?
3. What are my existing control methods?
4. What additional preventative measure can I take to reduce risk?
5. When can I implement them?
Let’s go back to the two ladies in the Cheesecake Factory?
1. Eating out is a potential risk because I am going to be tempted to eat all of the bad foods that I have been accustomed to eating.
2. I am going to be at risk, as are my children and close family should anything happen to my health.
3. From a financial perspective I cannot afford to eat out every night.
4. I can reduce my instances of eating out to once a week and tell my closest friends to support me in this change.
5. I can implement the changes immediately.
A full risk assessment goes a lot more in depth than this, but hopefully you can see how applying a little thought, having a plan ahead of time and then taking action can help you change your habits.
Don’t expect things to happen by magic. If you want to change a habit then you need to be organised, have a plan and be prepared to work harder and smarter than ever before.
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