Many of the skills you use to stick to a healthy eating plan are the same ones you would use to stick to an exercise regimen. Sometimes just simply having an actual (written) exercise PLAN can make a big difference – so make one today and get moving!
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: It’s okay to eat this [unplanned food] just this one time.
Response: Every time I make an exception, I increase my dieting struggles because I will be tempted to keep making more and more exceptions. However, if I prove to myself, “No exceptions!” dieting gets so much easier because I don’t have to struggle each time.
If you were driving on the highway and missed your exit, you wouldn’t think, “Well, I’ve blown it now,” and continue driving four more hours in the wrong direction. No! You’d get off at the very next exit and turn around. The same is true for dieting – the moment you make a mistake, turn yourself around and get right back on track.
If you feel your diet motivation lagging, take a moment to really think about all the reasons why it’s worth it to you to lose weight and be healthier. Ask yourself: since these are such important goals, do they merit hard work and extra effort? Are they important enough to not give up on? Then, recommit yourself and get going!
Staying in control of your eating on weekends can hard but it’s by no means impossible. It may take more practice, but that doesn’t mean you can’t overcome any weekend hurdles. As long as you don’t give up and keep working on it, you WILL get better.
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.
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!
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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