When dieters say, “I just can’t stick to a diet, I have no discipline,” we remind them that they actually DO have a lot of discipline because they are able to get up with their kids, get to work on time, pay bills, etc. While they may lack consistent dieting discipline, they are clearly capable of great feats of discipline in other areas, so this is not a valid reason to not try.
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.
Over and over again we hear from dieters how gaining control of their eating has positively impacted their lives in so many ways beyond weight loss and how, as they go, they discover so many new advantages that they hadn’t foreseen at the beginning
Don’t wait until New Year’s to start working on healthy eating resolutions. Start THIS MINUTE and come January 1st you will be in a much happier and healthier state to begin the new year. “Like” our status today if you’re making a commitment to start New Year’s resolutions a month early!
Remember, dieting is not all-or-nothing. You are not either 100% perfect on your diet or totally off of it. You are entitled to make mistakes but you are NOT entitled to use those mistakes as an excuse to throw in the towel.
Sabotaging Thought: I feel discouraged because my rate of weight loss is slow.
Response: When has losing weight quickly EVER led to me keeping it off? If I keep wishing I would lose faster, it will just make me feel disappointed, instead of proud of the weight I have lost. Besides, it doesn’t matter if it takes 2 months or 2 years to lose the weight because it’s not coming back.
A very common sabotaging thought is, “Just this one time won’t matter,” but regardless of the situation, every time DOES matter. Every SINGLE time you withstand a craving, resist emotional eating, and say no to unplanned food, you increase the chances you will the next time. Each time you give in, you increase the chances you will give in the next time, too.
Sometimes when dieters have been eating off track, they actually forget how GREAT it feels to be in control of their eating. We remind them of the multitude of positive experiences and feelings they have had as a result of maintaining control and this helps them to immediately get back on track.
How did everyone fare yesterday? If you stayed in control – GREAT! Give yourself lots and lots of credit and keep doing what you’re doing. If you got off track – move on! Make the commitment to getting back on track THIS MINUTE and give yourself lots of credit for doing so.
Happy Thanksgiving! Remember, today is ultimately a day for giving thanks for the blessings in your life. What food you do or don't eat will not take away from that.
Sabotaging Thought: Since it’s Thanksgiving, it’s okay to eat whatever I want. Everybody else will be doing that, too.
Response: My body doesn’t know or care what day of the year it is, it processes calories the same NO MATTER WHAT. My body also doesn’t know or care what anybody else around me is eating, it only cares about what food I eat MYSELF.
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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