Diet. Does anyone like that word? I know I don’t. It conjures up images of love handles and spare tires and chicken wing arms. All of which I feel like I have today. So it was nice to read the latest study about how not just what you eat, but also what you say can help you lose weight.
According to new research to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research that I read about in Shape, you need to watch your mouth if you want to lose weight. But what they mean is- watch what you say as much as what you eat. According to the research, 80% of women who used the phrase, “I don’t eat that” were able to resist foods not on their diet plan, versus 10% who said, “I can’t eat it” were successful at avoiding temptation.
The lead author of the study, Vanessa M. Patrick, Ph.D says it’s all about control. “What you say can either make you feel like you’re in control or make you feel deprived.”
I personally love this study- not just because it makes dieting sound easier, but because I’m a big believer in the power of positive thinking. In the idea of mind over matter. In your mind being in control of your body and not the other way around. I know that when I approach eating healthy in a positive way, I generally tend to eat healthier. And before I know it, I’m feeling better. More rested, more energized and also dare I say sexier.
In the recent weeks, I’ve cut out wine (more on that soon because it requires its own post) and I can’t tell you how much better I feel. And according to this study if I simply say “I don’t drink wine,” instead of “I can’t drink wine,” I’ll have even better odds of sticking to it!