Exercise can help beat the binge – but forget the idea that you have to enjoy it

Exercise can help beat the binge – but forget the idea that you have to enjoy it

 I think Joanne Gerr is spot on in her post when she says:

“Weight loss is an “inside job” — that is, individuals who desire to make a real change in their lives have to understand the emotional patterns behind eating behaviors to be able to make healthy choices that promote well being. Achieving weight loss and making peace with emotional eating has very little to do with food. Indeed, only about 10 percent or less of people who lose weight keep it off. In fact, there are so many conflicting recommendations, food plans, diet plans and ideas to lose weight, that people often feel overwhelmed and confused. Instead, each person needs to find a food plan that works for her or him.

At the core, this means learning to eat when the body is physically hungry instead eating for all of the typical reasons: boredom, stress, social pressure, and the “blues.” In addition to learning to eat in response to real hunger, one also needs to learn to stop at the point of fullness. It is also important to eat a variety of foods, make healthy choices, and not worry about having a few treats now and again because deprivation inevitably leads to bingeing.”

I also think she’s right about the importance of the psychological and emotional role that regular exercise can play.

But I wish people wouldn’t say things like ‘The key to success is finding some kind of exercise that is possible to do day in and day out and actually enjoy. “

I hate exercise and I always have so for decades I did nothing. But there came a point where I had to accept that some things aren’t enjoyable but they’re important enough to do anyway. I’ve been doing yoga and walking for over 10 years now not because I finally found something I love. I really don’t. If I could get the same effect from reading a book I swear you’d never catch me in a downward dog again. But I do love being stronger, fitter and more flexible than I was in my 30s. And I’ve really come to appreciate the fact that exercise does help to build emotional as well as physical resilience – it’s certainly helped me to cope with tough times as well as an emotional appetite.

So, much as I hate exercise, I’m pretty sure I’d hate the effects of not doing exercise even more.