I use the skills in the Beck Diet Program for myself as well. After I graduated college I lost weight and more or less kept it off in the ensuing 12 years. On January 30th of this year, I had my daughter, Diana, and things changed. You might think that since this is what I do for a living I’d have an easy time returning to my healthy eating habits – and that’s what I thought, too. But, boy was I wrong!
Some dieters tend to consistently eat until they’re overly full – often saying something like, “I just like to eat.” We remind them that if they work on portion control, they’re not giving up eating, they’re only giving up OVEReating and the uncomfortable sensation of having eaten too much.
For many people, today is a day off from work, NOT a day off from practicing good eating behaviors. Labor Day, along with 20 other holidays, happens every year so it’s not a reasonable excuse to overeat. Stay in control and guaranteed Tuesday morning you’ll be so happy you did.
This weekend, spend time focusing on eating slowly and mindfully. Really taste the food you’re eating and enjoy every bite. Doing this will help you be satisfied with less because it enables you to reach physical AND psychological satisfaction at the same time, which is impossible to do when eating too quickly or mindlessly.
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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