However, even if you focus on body-fat percentage, when the size of your body is your exclusive motivation to eat less, you can still run into trouble. It’s much better to balance your motivation with other outcomes, such as those mentioned in Chapter 4 of EATING LESS. As you let go of weight loss as your main reason to eat less, it’s essential to replace that motivation with other things – things that are meaningful to you. Otherwise, there’s no point, and as soon as it gets a bit challenging, you’ll cave in and overeat!
Even with good, up-to-date information on nutrition, though, you are likely to need to develop the skills I write about in order to cut back on overeating all that manufactured food you don’t really need.
I’d be very interested to hear from you on this. Do you ever weigh yourself these days? And what difference does it make, either way?
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