If you think, “I don’t know how many calories this has so it doesn’t count,” or “This one time doesn’t matter,” or “I can get away with eating extra right now,” remember that the only thing you’re doing is fooling yourself. Once dieters stop fooling themselves and start accepting reality, dieting gets EASIER.
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.
Sabotaging Thought: Dieting is too overwhelming so I might as well give up.
Response: Dieting does NOT have to be overwhelming. All I have to do is work on one small change at a time, master it, and then move on to the next one. Soon enough, all the small changes will add up to really big ones.
Dieting and healthy eating can be hard, but being overweight can be even harder. Either way it may be hard, but if you put the work in towards healthy eating and dieting, you’ll get so many [more] positive results.
Often dieters think, “I wish I could eat whatever I want and as much as I want.” However, usually when dieters eat in an unrestricted way, they ultimately feel bad and out of control, but when they control and limit their eating, they feel GREAT. Remember – what you may think you want in terms of eating may not be what actually feels good.
Remember, your body doesn’t know or care whether or not it’s Memorial Day weekend. It also doesn’t know or care if the food you’re eating is free, if everyone else is eating it, or if you’re celebrating. It treats all calories the same regardless of any of these circumstances!
If you feel overwhelmed by all of your dieting tasks, it can be helpful to take a step back and focus on just doing the basics, like reading your Advantages List and Response Cards, eating everything sitting down, slowly, and mindfully, and giving yourself credit. As you build back your confidence to do those skills, you’ll then feel ready and more able to tackle the harder things.
Sabotaging Thought: It’s okay to eat this unplanned food because it’s just this one time.
Response: I’m fooling myself if I think this time doesn’t matter because EVERY time matters. Every time I eat off track I make it more likely I will the next time, which makes dieting harder. Every time I stick to my plan I make it more likely I will the next time, which makes dieting EASIER!
If you think, “It’s okay to eat this because I just don’t care right now,” remind yourself that you definitely WILL care later, once the situation has passed and you feel bad and guilty and have potentially jeopardized your weight loss. Because of this, not caring at any one moment is NOT a valid excuse to eat off track.
Every time you have a good eating day, you build momentum to continue having good eating days. Start the week off right by making a commitment to have a good eating day TODAY and you’ll set a positive tone for the whole week to come!
When thinking about your weekend eating, it’s helpful to consider it as a whole. For example, if you know you are eating out three times, you can ask yourself, “Of those three times, when will I have bread/alcohol/dessert?” This way you’re less likely to feel deprived at any one meal because you’ll know you’re having it at the next one.
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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