Eliminating certain foods from your diet is a recipe for gaining weight back. If, for example, you decide to cut out pasta, but you really like pasta, in back of your mind you probably know that you’re going to eat it again – and when you do, you may go way overboard. It’s critical to not cut out ANY foods from your diet entirely but instead learn how to eat them in reasonable portions. This is the only way to ensure that you’ll be able to maintain the changes you make and keep off the weight you lost.
Especially on days when controlling your eating might be more difficult (like holidays), it’s extra important to have a plan. Think about it: have you ever made a plan and regretting doing so? Having a plan takes away the burden (and struggle) of having to continually make spontaneous eating decisions, enables you to feel good about what you’re eating, and allows you to have a great day that isn’t tarnished by feeling bad about your eating.
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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