The latest anti-smoking ads in Australia talk about willpower being like a muscle. And that like a muscle, it becomes stronger when it’s exercised.
In some ways I like this analogy.
Because giving something up is never easy and “practice makes perfect”, so they say.
To extend the metaphor, willpower provides added leverage – much like a lever and a fulcrum or a set of pulleys – when used to lift a heavy weight.
But, I honestly think the need for willpower is over-stated.
It’s the hallmark of many “lose-weight-quick” diets.
Thus it suggests mind-over-matter when you’re craving a sugar-hit.
Whilst important, if you’re making permanent changes to your eating habits, you don’t want to rely too much on your state-of-mind.
Now please don’t get me wrong. I don’t deny the need to exercise some willpower. Especially when starting out.
But I find it’s infinitely easier to avoid making unhealthy food choices when the need for a sugar-fix is removed.
That’s one of the big reasons I’m a strong believer in first eliminating the addiction.
Then, the only willpower you need is the one to avoid getting sucked-in and hooked again.
Its not full-proof. But I find it’s much, much easier once you’re off the “juice”.
Kim | 79.8