Eating half of your (presumably much too big) meal at a restaurant and bringing the other half home is a win/win/win situation: you get to enjoy the meal twice, you pay only once for two meals, AND you get to continue working on healthy eating and healthy habits!
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: Since I didn't lose weight this week, I must be doing something wrong. This isn't working.
Response: Even if I was perfect on my diet, it’s not a guarantee that the scale will go down on any given week. It’s 100% normal for the scale to stay the same or even go up some weeks. I need to keep doing what I’m doing, and the scale WILL go down again.
Even without getting to weight you were at in college or the weight of your thinnest friend, you can still be happy with you are and experience major benefits of weight loss (improved self-confidence, better health, fewer aches and pains, a stable wardrobe, etc.). Remember – it’s so much more than just the number on the scale.
It’s important to start working on enriching your life NOW, even if you’re not yet where you want to be in terms of weight loss. The more pleasurable things you have going on, the less and less you’ll turn to food to fulfill that role.
Staying in control of your eating during the weekend is just as important as during the work week. Getting off track every weekend is a recipe for frustration – it will cause you to lose and then gain the same few pounds over and over again. It’s worth it to stay in control if it means seeing real progress!
Eating every bite of food sitting down can be a relatively painless way of eliminating many calories from your diet because you probably don’t even notice much of what you eat standing up and it likely doesn’t factor into your overall level of satiety.
Sabotaging Thought: Healthy eating/losing weight should already be easy for me so I don’t deserve credit for it.
Response: No, this shouldn’t already be easy. If it were easy, nobody would be overweight. It were easy, no one who ever lose weight on a diet would gain it back. I need to give myself credit EVERY step of the way, and in doing so, I'll build my confidence and then dieting will become easier.
If you’re working on healthy eating and losing weight, it probably means you also have to work on putting your own needs first (at least some of the time) and feeling entitled to ask for what you need. Remember – you can’t be good to anyone else if you’re not first good to yourself.
It's important to remember that a major benefit of healthy eating and weight loss is SIGNIFICANTLY improved quality of life. Our dieters find that once they gain control over their eating, they feel so much better (mentally and physically) in ways they hadn’t even imagined.
If you go out to eat this weekend and think, “I need to get my money’s worth by eating everything on my plate,” remind yourself that cost of doing so (weight gain, not fitting into clothes, reinforcing bad habits, feeling overly full, getting off track, etc.) is MUCH greater than the cost of leaving food behind.
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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