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Why having more fun will help you lose weight

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Happy April Fools’ Day!

I’m not going to play any pranks on us MBT-ers, nor do I have any vegetable jokes, so if you have one please lettuce know. (Ba-dum tish!)

In all seriousness, I think today is a great day to talk about this. After all, April Fools’ Day is supposed to be a fun day…

It’s interesting, whenever I hang out with my two nephews, I always ask them, “Are you having fun?” All I care about is if they’re having fun. I hear others ask the same question frequently too.

I ask my son Zachary the same question as well. “Having fun buddy?”

“Having fun daddy!” as he nods his head. (This is one of the many things he does that instantly melts my heart.)

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When was the last time we asked ourselves, “Am I having fun?”

When was the last time we scheduled fun for ourselves?

We schedule so many things for ourselves. Appointments, meetings, you name it.

But what about fun?

Tension relief is one of the top reasons we eat and/or indulge. Something is causing us to feel tense so we seek to relieve it. Usually, with food and/or drink.

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In psychology there is a term known as the inner child. If our inner child is neglected, it finds a way to act out. Again, in our case it’s usually with indulgent food.

As we get older, we find less things fun. We have less time for fun as well. We just don’t make it a priority.

This leads to burn out. 🙁

I often ask what people are doing for fun. It might sound trite but there’s a real reason: The more fun we have, the less we’ll rely on food and drink for fun. The less we’ll feel compelled to eat indulgently.

As we get older, we have less outlets for true fun.

So here’s my question to you on this April Fools’ Day: What do you do for fun?

No idea? What did you love doing when you were a kid. What did you do for hours at a time? Maybe you can do exactly that. Maybe you can do a more advanced version of it?

It’s worth thinking about it. Like focusing on our diet/exercise, scheduling more fun, and actually having more fun, is a worthwhile investment that pays countless dividends in our quality of life.

It’s always fun when clients tell me they rediscovered their love for something. In turn, their desire to eat indulgently goes down, which helps us to eat better. That means we’ll look and feel better, and that’s surely fun! : )

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