In the long-term, once you have ingrained habits of health consciousness, you will be able to go to a pizza restaurant for someone’s birthday and just eat one slice, and a salad. For the first few months I advise you to avoid triggers for overeating.
Each one of us will have different triggers. For example, if I eat a meal in a restaurant where there is music on the background or other people are drinking alcohol it is very easy for me to justify and rationalize drinking a bottle of wine or two.
Do you always eat a large box of popcorn when you go to the cinema? Tend to go through the fast food drive through when you work late and get stuck in traffic? Do certain family members always ply you with unhealthy food when you visit around a meal time?
The idea is to restructure your routines a little to avoid situations that act as triggers
For example, if you feel naked without a box of popcorn at the cinema, why not bring raw nuts with you? Perhaps take up bowling instead?
If you let yourself get ravenous and the drive through seems like a good option, why not always carry some fruit for an emergency snack?
Maybe you could start work early when you have a lot to do instead of staying late and getting stuck in traffic?
Why not visit family at a different time of day when they are not eating…? Even better organize an outing with them. Meet them at the beach or in the forest where you offer to bring a healthy hamper?
The idea is to keep modifying your life and habits one by one, or a few at a time
You are replacing bad habits for good ones. After a while the new habits will become part of who you are. Part of your new identity. There will be no struggle or mental battle.
One day you will find yourself in situations where when some fat person is trying to force junk food on you, (misery loves company). Instead of feeling torn, you will be like a nonsmoker being pressured into starting. The huge portions of unhealthy food will seem revolting.
You will imagine the visceral fat strangling your heart, and lumpy inner thighs rubbing together when you walk.
When this happens, please try to be understanding towards the junk food pusher
Try not to adopt a “holier than thou attitude” like many ex-smokers. Just remember that you were there once, before you took control of your life!