The delusion of complete control over your behavior
What’s Your Favorite Way to Suffer?
When you are making health decisions, the notion that you have complete control over your behavior is actually semi-delusional. I say “semi” because of course if you really really want to do something or if you really really don’t want to do something, your behavior will probably fall in line with your attitudes. It’s also […]
The three key components to motivated behavior
Thousands and thousands of years ago your ancestors would prowl through the jungle or travel through the plains searching and hunting for food. Some of them would starve to death and some of them would get impaled on the tusks of a Woolly Mammoth as they were simply trying to get food to survive. One […]
Why Can’t I Put the Cookie Down?
Decades ago in Dade County Florida, the local government banned the sale of laundry detergents with phosphates. Phosphates were pretty good for cleaning but pretty bad for the environment, causing algae to explode in growth. This leads to oxygen reduction, which leads to animals dying, which isn’t good. It was a pretty good idea to […]
Goals are Useless Without a How and Why
Recently I was away for a family vacation in the Adirondacks. For about 24 hours my diet consisted of beer, fudge from the Candy Cottage in Old Forge, and pizza. Also, I had the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time when a bag of marshmallows fell out of some […]
Why you should stop relying on willpower to lose weight
In my life, I’ve had more than a handful of unrealized goals; I will never play professional basketball, I failed to become an incredible hip hop dancer (never tried I just like the idea), and it’s unlikely that I will ever share a life with Emma Watson (sigh). Based on these lofty goals, it’s easy […]
People who desire to lose weight often rely valiantly on willpower to achieve an ideal body. Self-control is great but I’d like to encourage people to stop relying solely on willpower to lose weight. Here is why Regardless of willpower, a person who finds a bowl of ice cream in front them seven days a week […]