If there’s one thing people are good at, it’s lying to themselves. Usually these are little half-truths, the kind of fibs that make us feel a bit better about a decision we made or actions we take. In a lot of these cases, these little lies are pretty harmless. But what about when these lies prevent you from achieving your fat loss goals—are they still harmless? Losing fat is 80-percent a mental game and if you’re also playing the role of your opponent, you are setting yourself to fail. Reframe your mental dialogue to start winning the fat loss battle…
1. A Handful Here and There Doesn’t Matter
You take the time to prepare a meal plan and weigh your food. At any given time, you can confidently recite what you ate yesterday and boast about how you stayed on plan. But did you count the extra nibbles—licking the bowl clean of cookie batter, grabbing an extra handful of crackers from the box, or refilling your wine glass “just a splash”?
When it comes to losing fat, it is pretty easy to sabotage your efforts by losing track of the extra calories you’ve consumed. It can also be difficult to quantify how much you ate—was that one serving of chips or two? You don’t need to (and shouldn’t) be a slave to calorie counting, but being honest about what you’re eating and whether it will help or hinder your goals is one of the most important conversations you can have with yourself when it comes to losing fat.