It doesn’t work to tell yourself, “I’ll get through this hard time and then I’ll start dieting” because hard/stressful times never stop happening. Instead, you can learn to maintain control over your eating during hard times, which will undoubtedly help you feel more in control in general.
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: I don’t want to weigh myself because I’ll feel terrible if the number goes up.
Response: I’ll only feel terrible if I let my sabotaging thoughts convince me that I’m bad or weak for gaining weight. At worse, gaining weight means I may have made mistakes that I can correct during this coming week.
If you’re following the Beck Diet Solution program, it simply doesn’t work to only do the skills you feel like doing. If you had an infection and your doctor prescribed you 10 days of medication, you won’t take 5 and expect it to work. Dieting is the same!
Focus on what you can do today. If you think, “I can’t keep this up for a month, a year, or longer” remind yourself, “Forget the long term. I know I can continue to do what I need to do today. If it’s hard tomorrow I’ll deal with it then.” Besides – a year from now you’ll have a year’s worth of more practice under your belt.
If you eat at restaurants this weekend, likely the portions of food will be too big so you’ll have to bring some home or leave some on your plate. Remember – extra food will be wasted in the trash can or in your body. Either way, it’s wasted.
Eating everything sitting down is helpful because it allows dieters to cut out the calories from bites they would mindlessly pop in their mouths while standing up and it usually hardly registers that they’re eating less.
Sabotaging Thought: I was so good at dinner that I deserve to treat myself when I get home tonight.
Response: My body doesn’t know or care about all of the food I resisted eating, it only knows what food I did eat. If I eat more food than my body needs, I will gain weight.
If every time you buy a bag of potato chips you tell yourself, “I’ll be able to stop at one serving,” and then never do, when you’re next tempted to buy a bag, ask yourself, “What’s the evidence I’ll be able to stop when I know I should? This is always difficult for me so why put myself through that?” and buy a single-sized bag instead.
Losing weight will likely affect so many different areas of your life for the better and, as you start losing, you’re undoubtedly discover additional benefits along the way. While dieting can feel hard at times, there’s no end to what you’ll get in return for doing so
If you think, “I just want to enjoy this weekend and not think about food and dieting,” remind yourself, “Either way I’ll think about it. If I overeat I’ll likely have to think about how bad and guilty I feel, but if I stay in control, I’ll think about how good and proud I feel. Either way it will be on my mind, but at least if I maintain control my thoughts will be positive, not negative.”
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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