When a person loves a pet, they give it the food it needs (with an occasional treat). We deserve to love ourselves as much as our pets. Feed your body what it NEEDS (lots of water, lots of vegetables, fruit, lean protein, some whole grains, lots of calcium, and a little bit of healthy fats). Is it okay to have treats now and then? Of course! But only if you’re getting what you really need first. Learning to feed yourself for a lifetime will allow your body to find its natural weight range.
If someone holds you underwater, you will fight to come to the surface for a huge gasp of air. If you deprive your body of food, your body wants to eat even more when food finally shows up (even if it’s not great food). Studies prove that putting someone on a diet as a young teen is the best way to make them overweight even just a few years later.
Learn to prevent uncomfortable hunger. Keep “emergency” food around for when you start to get uncomfortably hungry between meals (healthy protein bars in the car, cut vegetables in baggies at eye level in the fridge, trail mix or peanut butter crackers in your backpack or purse, etc.). Prevent becoming overly full by sharing meals or desserts or by taking home a “doggie-bag.”
Human bodies need movement for physical and emotional health. Your body will feel its best with about 60 minutes of moderate activity almost every day of your life (go for at least 30 minutes at least 5 days per week). Until you are 100 years old. Really. Hint: Find things that are FUN for you or you probably will quit doing them.