No matter what you did or didn’t eat over the weekend, today is the start of a new week and a fresh chance to have a great eating week!
Our diet tips provide daily motivation and problem solving to help you stick to your diet plan. It’s an extra bit of motivation to help you start your day right.
Are you tired of trying to get back on track every Monday morning after overdoing it on the weekend? This weekend, make a plan and use your skills and come Monday morning you will be so happy you did. Guaranteed you won’t regret even ONE MOMENT that you stayed on track.
It’s important to remember that dieters can gain weight if they eat too much food – even if it’s healthy food. Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean you don’t have to watch portion sizes.
Sabotaging Thought: It’s okay to eat this because if I don’t, I’ll disappoint [my friend].
Response: If I eat off plan, I’ll disappoint MYSELF. Besides, my friend's disappointment will likely be momentary but the disappointment I’ll feel when I go off plan, shake my confidence, and possibly gain weight will last for so much longer.
If dieters want to lose weight and keep it off, they can’t continue eating for emotional reasons. This does NOT mean that they aren’t entitled to feel better, it just means that they aren’t entitled to EAT to feel better.
A dieter recently said to us, “For the first time I was able to go shopping and fit into everything I tried on and I actually LIKED what a saw in the mirror. It was the best feeling ever.” It’s important to remember just WHY you’re working on healthy eating and all of the amazing advantages that you get in doing so.
If you think, “ It’s not fair I can’t be spontaneous with my eating on weekends,” remind yourself, “ I can still be spontaneous in many other non-food ways. Besides, all the benefits of weight loss feel so much BETTER, and for so much LONGER, than any one spontaneous decision to eat.” “Like” our status today if you’re making the commitment to stay on track this weekend!
It’s important to make sure the diet you choose to follow isn’t overly restrictive and doesn’t cut out your favorite foods because guaranteed that is not a diet you will stick to for the long term. Besides, when has following that type of diet in the past EVER helped you to lose weight and keep it off?
Sabotaging Thought: Since I’m eating pizza, I need to eat as much as possible because I don’t know when I can have it again.
Response: Actually, I can plan to eat pizza EVERY SINGLE day if I want. This is not like other “diets” because I am not depriving myself of foods I like; instead I’m just planning in advance when to have them. I don’t need to be in a “last meal” mindset because there is NOTHING I can’t ever eat again.
While resisting a craving might be uncomfortable in the MOMENT, giving in to that craving and then feeling bad about yourself and your eating will be uncomfortable for so much longer.
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
Beck Institute for Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a leading international source for training, therapy, and resources in CBT.
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