Are you one of the many people who has a deeply-held belief that food is your enemy? Do you see dieting and weight loss as a war? Do you believe you must be eternally vigilant to conquer the enemy and win the war? Do you argue that it’s not called the “Battle of the Bulge” for nothing?
What if that approach was completely wrong? After all, if it was the correct approach, wouldn’t you expect to see more success with it? Even if you feel that you haven’t been successful yet, wouldn’t you expect to see some people who have been fighting their bodies and their weight for decades have some measure of success?
The scientific fact is that fighting against our bodies is a losing proposition. Just as you can only hold your breath for so long before your body will prevail and force you to take in oxygen, regardless of how much willpower you have, you can only fight food and appetite for a finite period of time before your body’s need for nutrition will prevail.
So if you can drop the destructive belief that food is your enemy and move your desire for health and weight loss in a different direction, you’re accomplishing a lot. Think of food, not as the enemy, but as a life-affirming source of energy, nutrition and pleasure.
With a Spatz3 gastric balloon in place, you’ll automatically be eating less, so you’ll want to eat higher quality foods. This might mean whole foods that are minimally processed. It might mean organic fruits and vegetables. It might mean turning down foods that don’t please your palate. With less room in your stomach, you’ll want the foods you do eat to both nourish you and to bring you pleasure. Otherwise, what’s the point?
Food is not the enemy. Food is just food. Sure, there are some foods that are more nutritious than other foods. Ultimately, food is just the way you fuel your body, so you can live out your best life. That’s a good reason to end your war with food.
Rebeca Espinoza writes about health, fitness and weight loss for Spatz Medical, makers of the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon. You can find her on Google+ or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Like the Spatz3 Adjustable Gastric Balloon page on Facebook or follow us on Pinterest for healthy eating tips, inspiring quotes, videos and photos and more.