Posted by: jjiral | July 1, 2014

Weight Loss Secrets!

I found this quiz in this month’s Self Magazine by Zehra Barnes, and I want to share it with you here because I think this will help you determine which tactics will help you curb Your cravings.  Select the option that fits your normal response.

  1. Flight’s delayed a) head to customer service; b) head to airport bar
  2. Someone steals your parking space.  You locate….a) your middle finger; b) a new parking spot
  3. Do you have plans this weekend? a) It’s only six days away – of course!; b) It’s a whole six days away – why would I?
  4. Phone rings at 3 A.M.  First thought: a) Something bad happened!; b) Ha!  Drunk dial
  5. You saw ‘The Fault In Our Stars’ with…. a) lots of tissues….on opening night; b) friends who are obsessed with the book. (Whatever!)
  6. Your super-hero chef name would be… a) The Fire Starter; b) Wing-It Woman (Man)
  7. What are your thoughts on Kimye?  a)So many – got time to spare?; b) They never cross my mind (Who?)

What your Answers Mean

Mostly A’s:

You are an emotionally driven person who swings from one end of the spectrum to the other.  You try to soothe yourself through action, and eating is a very soothing action (and distraction).  When you’re experiencing a frenzy of emotions and craving a junk food fix, close your eyes, take a deep breath and pause.  A moment of self-reflection can redirect your focus so you can assess your craving:  Are you really hungry or still stewing over a tiff with a friend?  Self-evaluation is a good time-out and can make you reconsider treating a 20-inch pizza as though it’s personal-sized.  And because you’re a person of action, you can do something productive (minus munching) once you pinpoint what’s eating you.

Mostly B’s:

You’re laid-back and love to make people happy.  While easygoing people tend to be leaner (they’re less inclinged to get upset and, hence, to find comfort in food), you also tend to worry too much about what others think.  Stressing about a lukewarm review with a manager or a bad date may still send you to the sugar aisle.  Next time temptation strikes, link your eat-right motivation to an internal desire that benefits you, such as “I want to feel healthy.”  So instead of “That Cronut will wind up on my gut” (which may not keep you from diving in), try, “That Cronut will trigger a sugar crash that will make me groggy.”  Focusing on the effects you can feel in the short term can help you stay the course.

I hope this makes you think about what ‘motivates’ you to overeat – or give in to cravings – for that loaf of crusty garlic bread (or huge pieces of chocolate cake).

 

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