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It’s Not a Diet, It’s Self-Control

I'm not dietingPeople do NOT like the word diet. It’s like a bad 4-letter word that’s offensive in all countries. Everyone has a different definition of diet. I admit I use the word all the time, but I never think of it as a bad thing. To me, diet means results. It means healthy food, smart food. It means perfect portions, not overeating, not eating junk. It means practicing self-control and it means feeling great.

When did practicing self-control become so scary and bad? God ENCOURAGES us to practice self-control. There are countless scriptures on the importance of controlling our body, cravings and desires.

As you know, I like chips and salsa. I can’t eat it every day (but I WANT TO), but I do eat it. What if you let your kid eat whatever they wanted to eat every day? That’s a scary thought right? Well, it’s not too much worse than a grown adult eating whatever they want to eat every day. It might “look” healthier than PopTarts and Happy Meals, but it’s not much different when it comes to self-control.

Stop looking at dieting (or practicing self-control) as a horrible thing. Instead, look at it as empowering! Every time you resist your favorite cheat food, you are reminding yourself you are strong, you are one step closer to your goal, you are in control, you are not letting food rule your life, you are bettering yourself, you are doing the right and healthy thing. Every time you are eating healthy, you’re fueling your body with the foods it needs to help you reach your goals. Be proud, be excited!

Self-control requires sacrifice. Sacrifice requires being uncomfortable at first, but pleasure follows. Lack of self-control is the other way around. Pleasure first followed by discomfort that typically way outlasts the pleasure. Dieting (eating right, practicing self-control, managing calories) is investing in your future – and it’s SO worth it!!

Download the LoseIt app today and start taking control of your eating – and your body!

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  1. mstair

    “Paul says in Galations 5: 22-23 that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such there is no law.” New research, published in the Journal of Personality, reveals that self-control isn’t just about deprivation, but more about managing conflicting goals. Researchers found that there is a strong connection between, higher levels of self-control and satisfaction in life. The authors write that “feeling good rather than bad may be a core benefit of having good self-control, and being well satisfied with life…”
    Those who showed the greatest self-control, reported having more good moods and fewer bad ones. This didn’t appear to be linked to being more capable of resisting temptations — it was because they exposed themselves to fewer tempting situations that evoked a craving in the first place. ”

    Excerpt From: Mike Stair. “200 calories Every 2 hours.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/9RSzW.l

    1. Bonnie Pfiester

      that is SO true!! It’s a LOT easier to not be tempted to eat cookies when you just don’t buy them!! And I also think that is why scripture talks about denying the flesh so much. We can’t let our body rule us. Love what you wrote!! gooooood stuff!

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