The Mel Robbins Show 5 Second Diet: The First-Ever Diet Written That Has Nothing To Do With Food
Here are the 4 simple rules of THE 5 SECOND DIET
- Every time you about to choose what to eat or drink, count 5-4-3-2-1 and pick the healthier, more colorful, more nutritious option.
For example, if you’re out to eat with friends and are debating between a salad or the burger (and, let’s be honest, the fries too), count 5-4-3-2-1 and order the salad).
- Every time you reach for something unhealthy because of your emotions, count 5-4-3-2-1 to interrupt the bad food behaviors.
If you always tend to grab the ice cream when you’re feeling sad, use the 5 second to take stock of your feelings, regain control, interrupt the emotion and its connection to eating something that will only provide a temporary “high” and drop that sugar bomb, stat.
- When you don’t feel like exercising, count 5-4-3-2-1, and do it anyway! As the famed sneaker company says, just do it.
Your feelings get in the way of taking action, so use the 5 second rule to push yourself when you start hesitating. If it helps, leave your sneakers and gear by the door or packed for the next day so you can easily grab and go in five seconds or less.
- Each morning, look in the mirror while brushing your teeth with your non dominant hand and say to yourself: “I deserve to feel good.”
It’ll force you to focus on what you’re saying, and that thinking pattern gets encoded in your brain as a new positive pattern! Without changing how you think, you won’t be motivated to change how you feel.
Here’s the bottom line:
We all know what to eat, we all know how much to eat, we all know we need to exercise, but we just don’t do it! The war on weight is won when we take control of our mind. You can do that with the 5 second rule. THIS IS A TOOL THAT WORKS WITH ANY DIET YOU ARE CURRENTLY ON. THAT’S BECAUSE EVERY SINGLE DIET, EXERCISE PROGRAM, GYM CIRCUIT, WORKOUT CLASS, PHYSICAL THERAPY, MEDITATION OR YOGA POSE WILL IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH. BUT HERE’S THE CATCH, YOU HAVE TO DO IT! And why is getting healthy so hard? Your feelings. If you feel deprived of bread, you won’t stick to your gluten-free diet. The second you consider how you feel about eating salad for the foreseeable future, you convince yourself not to do it. Blowing off the gym, hitting the drive-thru and wasting time of Facebook is a heck of a lot easier than a spin class or cutting sugar out of your diet. But if you want to lose weight, there is only one thing you need to do, and that’s stop thinking about how you feel. Your feelings don’t matter, the only thing that matters is what you do. Once you realize that you are never going to feel like working out or feel like skipping dessert, you can use the 5 second window to push past your feelings and act. The gap between the person you are now and the person you want to become can seem so big that it feels impossible to bridge that gap. But life is about the choices we make. So, if you have goals to get healthy or lose weight, pick a plan, any plan will do and then 5-4-3-2-1 GO.
5-4-3-2-1 GO and get to the gym
5-4-3-2-1 Put down the donut and eat grilled chicken.
5-4-3-2-1 Walk away from the bakery even though the bread and desserts are calling you.