So its been a discussion iv had many times with clients over the years. Usually saying how in the beginning of the week or the day, willpower is at its strongest. However as the day/week goes on we find it harder and harder to resist those temptations. Alchohol definitely contributes to loss of willpower. Hence the dirty kebab on the way home or the 2 bottles drunk instead of 1. Our inhibitions are lost.
So what happens to make us lose willpower in the working day and how can we get it back like we can on a Monday morning.
Well firstly it’s all down to brain control. I believe when we are tired and hungry and grumpy etc we lose control over our willpower. Our willpower is usually strongest after losing control and feeling rubbish. That’s why Monday is the easiest day to start. But by Friday? Why not start on a saturday? Oh is that because you want to go out and binge drink? Lose control for a night? I know your game 😉. Your not able to sustain something, is it because your being too hard on yourself? Is it in Moderation E.g no exercise to everyday is a lot to commit to, your goals should be achievable without a lapse of control.
Your goal should be to be healthy, that means you need to make the lifestyle change, not a quick fix. When we apply to much pressure we are more likely to lose willpower.
Our brain is a very complex organ. If we cannot learn to control impulses or try to change the way we think then we aren’t going to change.
If you think you deserve a treat that’s half your problem. Firstly it’s not a treat for you or your body (if it’s anything like CRAP foods). Anything that’s Carbonated, Refined, Added sugar or Processed is defo not a treat for you body at all, your mind maybe (for 5mins) but not your body. All that crap has to be processed, used or stored. So think bad belly, horrible poo, smelly gas, added weight and lathergy for example is how that “treat” is going to affect you.
Second is thinking about healthy food as a healthy lifestyle and not branding yourself “on a diet.” Think about why your wanting to eat better, exercise more or have a healthier lifestyle? (remember it’s not just about food, it could be exercise, stop smoking etc). You want to do it because you know it will make you feel better and good about yourself. Soooo that means right now your probably not thinking good about yourself, and that’s because you feel …….. (fill in the gap)
So there is your willpower! Everytime your brain tries to tell you to quit, to have a “treat or three” or that it’s too much, remind yourself why your doing it. Remind yourself how your going to feel when you are healthier, that it is a constant lifestyle change not a quick fix. Remind yourself it’s about Moderation over a long period of time, it’s not a deprivation. If you allow yourself the odd bit of chocolate fine. It’s not a treat though remember, a treat can be a massage, getting your nails done or something else external like a mini break. Nothing related to food or drink. A treat for your body is massage etc, remember that high sugar, fat and calorie laden food is not a treat for the body, it can be eaten in Moderation but it is food at the end of the day. Not good or bad but should be limited. The same as all food. Its just food, stop branding foods good and bad. We all know how to eat healthier but if you want to lose weight especially its all about a calorie deficit.
If you want to feel better then just exercise more and eat lots of foods that contain vitamins and minerals. If you need a nutrition plan or want to have a nutritional deficiency test please contact me.With a healthier mind and body your will power will be stronger. My energy is my willpower, and I have lots of energy because I workout and eat well for my energy.
Look at the bigger picture not the quick fix. Just move a little more, walk before you run. Eat better, choose healthier options but allow the odd bit of chocolate here and there but reduce your intake of CRAP foods. Eat more colourful food. Get out into the fresh air and stop drinking for a while. See how it makes you feel. Use that energy to fuel your willpower to a healthier happier you. No one’s perfect remember.