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Those randomly inspiring songs just kept coming.

Next up was ‘Steal My Sunshine’ by Len.

Which opens with the following dialogue:

Tim: Hey Matt.
Matt: Yeah Tim?
Tim: Hey, you talked to Marc lately?
Matt: Uh..haven’t really talked to him but..he looks pretty uh..down.
Tim: He looks pretty uh..down?
Matt: Yeah, well maybe we should cheer him up, then.
Tim: What do you uh..suppose we should do?
Matt: Well does he like butter tarts?

Now, I am aware there is a second interpretation of “butter tarts”.

Particularly for Canadians (as the band Len were / are).

But let’s stick with the most obvious one.

It’s a fairly normal approach isn’t it?

To try and cheer others (and ourselves) up with food.

Particularly sweeter stuff.

I get it.

Food is a great source of pleasure.

FitPros who tell you you should consider food as only a source of “fuel” are optmistic at best.

Sure, we might benefit from considering it as that as well.

But we’re unlikely to stop ever using food as a source of pleasure.

And thinking we need to can hold us back.

If we think we need to stop eating and drinking all the things we enjoy in order to get in shape……….

Then we’re probably not going to get in shape.

Some combination of the following though and we can and, hopefully, will:

1. An amount of tactical portion size reduction (there’s research that suggests that we get 80% of the pleasure from the first three mouthfuls)

2. An amount of tactical swaps – more of some lower energy density stuff we enjoy and less of higher energy density stuff we enjoy means we can, potentially, get just as much food and enjoyment but for less calories

3. An amount of other stuff that makes us feel better, whether immediately or more long term – out favourite programme, a workout, getting more sleep, etc

As always, it’s not a “one size fits all” approach.

It’s about understanding what needs to occur……..

And finding a path you’re happy taking that leads (on average) there.

Much love,

Jon’ny Jonard’ Hall


Jon Hall
Jon Hall

When not helping people to transform their lives and bodies, Jon can usually be found either playing with his kids or taxi-ing them around. If you'd like to find out more about what we do at RISE then enter your details in the box to the right or bottom of this page or at myrise.co.uk - this is the same way every single one of the hundreds who've described this as "one of the best decisions I've ever made" took their first step.