AnnPT77 wrote: »
Maybe I'm missing something here, but honestly, I think I kind of don't delay gratification, mostly.
If I'm hungry, and it isn't almost time for a meal, I usually eat something small and satiating, quite soon. While losing, I had single-serve shelf-stable protein-y snacks in the car for just this purpose. I've also bought a hard-boiled egg or string cheese or something for the same reason. I'm personally worse off if I let perceived hunger (true hunger or not 😆) keep growing. If I give it a li'l jolt of gratification, it tends to hop back on its shelf and stop bugging me.
I guess my strategies are more like:
* having small stuff around as a go to, because it's that first couple of bites that are the most gratifying hedonically anyway (lately I'm liking individually-wrapped good chocolate at about 45 calories, dried fruit in small amounts, string cheese, Kind minis, and crispy broad beans, but the list changes over time),
* being a little bit conscious of considering whether I'm really hungry vs. just bored or some other thing that should be addressed more directly.
If I'm hungry and it is almost time for a meal, I'd probably start planning it. If I'm at home, I'd maybe even start cooking it. Sometimes when I get a meal, my first move is to cut up some carrots or wash some cherry tomatoes, or something like that, and start snacking on that while I cook.
Hedonism is one of my bigger personal obstacles, but experience tells me I'm better off - I'm happier and it actually *works* *better* - if I game it, rather than try to fight it.
Diatonic12 wrote: »
"With 37.7% of Americans suffering from obesity and chronic diseases, delayed gratification, and the implications of fast food culture are of utmost concern (Shuval, 2016). The American Cancer Society has linked time constraints and the lack of forward-thinking to the decrease of healthy, home-prepared food intake.
It requires considerable effort to override the instant gratification and satiating food that is readily available.Peak performance takes an extreme delay of gratification. Someone who wants to get healthy has to view themselves in a personal peak state instead of seeing themselves as someone who might be featured on the cover of a magazine.
Healthy food intake requires eating a smaller slice of cake, once in a while, instead of ingesting the whole cake. Food habits add up quickly, and a healthy lifestyle will always serve someone better than a quick fix or fad diet."https://positivepsychology.com/delayed-gratification/
AnnPT77 wrote: »
But a thing that surprised me, was that weight loss was much easier (once that switch flipped to "committed" in my brain) than I had built it up to be, in my mind. Small steps. manageable changes that add up to results, with patience, over time. (Yup, the reward is deferred, in a meta sense - short term, the goal is the process. (Love Kimny's post at https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/disattle)cussion/10662287/the-goal-is-the-process/p1).
At goal, I felt kind of stupid for not doing it sooner, especially given the big payoff.
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