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Diet: Journey from Mocha to Americano

Diet: Journey from Mocha to Americano

I have been on diet for the last six months. This is not the story of how I have lost my weight. Since this is my third attempt, I have always felt perplexed about not being able to keep weight off. I don’t eat fast food that much, only my addiction work on Mocha, and our relation was so intense that I was happy to sacrifice my breakfast and lunch for a cup of Mocha.

During my first attempt, I managed to lose 6 KG and maintained for a little while and gained back more. The story repeated in the second effort. At this time, started asking myself what keeps me from losing weight? Do I have hard time sticking to my diet? Do I have to lose weight, and if yes, then why?

When we try to lose weight, our objective is to return to a functional health. According to Kelly D. Browenell, clinical psychologist and known for his work on obesity, the recent trend people not like to be thin rather they want to be physically fit. When people start proper dieting, it’s not only help to lose weight or shape the body, it goes beyond that and amplified several factors.

Though there are some mixed reputation among the researchers regarding the dieting outcome, but Michael R. Lowe, professor, Department of psychology, university of Drexel, mentioned the result of dieting depends on the types of dieting people are involved with (like restricting calories and/or increasing physical activities, or some other options, like taking dieting pills, etc) who are dieting and the objective is set. And again the success of the journey depends whether people can make distinguish– why we want to lose weight: is it simple intention comes from your mind or you are aware and concern about the diet behaviours that lead to lose weight. The later one is more effective and sustainable way to lose weight.

We have phenomenal knowledge on how to lose weight, more specifically we are blessed and flooded with weight losing information and resources how to lose weight, but the constraints arises when the questions come on starting and maintaining the weight loosing activities.

Depending on weight lose goals, circumstances; life situations people face diverse barriers like physical, psychological, environmental barriers. The emerging literature of weight loss, teaches us that we can rethink biasness of the people who are considered as overweight.   

Food nutrient or food calorie?

Have you ever noticed how many calories a packet of crisp contains or a burger or a slice of pizza have? Have you ever tried to know how much calorie your body needs per day? Every day we are eating large amount calories beyond the body required, but still we face difficulties in movement, body flexibility, sleeping disorder, foggy thinking, and so on. We store lots of calories in our body, as a result we are many times overweight, but still feel starving. Starvation amplified when we start calorie restricted diet, because our body is starving, starving for proper nutrient not for calories. To live a healthy lifestyle it’s important to fill up your body with right proportion of micro and macro nutrients. Proper and essential knowledge on food nutrient will change attitude towards food and will help to bring long lasting behavioural change.  

Does environment matter?

Rena Wing, a professor of psychiatry and human behaviour at Brown University figured out very interesting fact, ‘We’ve taught ourselves over the years one of the ways to rewards ourselves is with food. It is hard to change the behaviour.’ There are some other potential environmental barriers we face, like access to healthy food at your work place, attend invitation and social gathering, time constraints.

We can easily understand after balancing family, professional and social life we face time constraint to find additional hours to maintain the diet. But if we allow our constraint to grow we are limiting ourselves, whereas investing your time and effort will help you to grow. You need to specify your constraints first, talk to your family about the additional support you need and the people around you, if needed. Maintaining healthy life style is not one-shot journey, it would be worth, if you can slowly convince your family to be part of your journey.

Is it emotional hunger?

Eric Emeades, business speaker and author of the book ‘The human diet: Dairy Delusion’ was talking about emotional hunger, when we feel stress and disconnected that amplified our hunger to have some high calorie food these are not always good for your body.

Before you are going to have these types’ foods, Eric suggested asking yourself ‘what is the emotion that you are experiencing when you want to eat that food? And then what is the emotion that you believe eating that food will give you and then how do you think that foods really going to make you feel?’ A good understanding on emotional hunger will help to seek for other ways to release your stress or if you are feeling disconnected.

Starting alone is a challenge?

When you have community or like-minded people around you will get inspiration to start and continue a new task. If you are in touch with a like-minded community, their stories will inspire you and you will feel connected with your objective.

‘Lose to Gain’ a Face book group is providing a good platform in this regards. They have a group of qualified and very supportive volunteers; they mainly provide necessary guideline and resources for losing weight and maintain healthy lifestyle.

Physical barrier is an issue?

There are some common physical barriers we face, like fatigues, discomforts, medical issues for example hormonal imbalances, thyroid disorders, etc. if its related to medical concern you can talk to your physician to overcome these barriers.

Self-efficacy or self-motivation?

A group of researcher of Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY did a study to determine whether self-efficacy and self-motivation would predict outcome in intensive weight loose program. They defined self-efficacy as the conviction that one can successfully perform the behaviour required to produce the outcome.

Rather than self-motivation, self-efficacy showed significant positive correlation with weight loosing program. It has also successful results in many responses like phobias, physical stamina, self-regulation of addictive behaviours.

The secret of transformation lies getting it in the core level or from heart, believing yourself, people with high self-efficacy generally believe that they are in control of their own life, they are not living life on default rather their own action and decision shape their life.

Although forming a new habit is a challenging task but according to UCL (University College London) people needs 66 days to form a new habit, at initial phase you will find it hard, second phase it is messy and at the third stage you will find yourself familiar. So you have to hold your will power for 66 days to form a new habit.

And YES now I order Americano not Mocha, I have made my habit but my curious mind was asking how long I have to continue? I got very interesting answer from my diet mentor, Mr Khan Ehsan Xeon (Moderator, Lose to Gain), it’s like rental house, and as long as you are paying the rent you are allowed to stay. So when you have consistency and clarity of your objective that will breeds the mastery in your task.

Nazneen Imam


North South University

Basundhara R/A



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