Even if dieting didn’t have enormous benefits in terms of weight loss and better health, it would STILL be worth it because being in control of your eating feels so much better than being out of control.
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.
Are you tired of struggling to get back on track every Monday? Are you tired of undoing all your good work from the week and undermining your progress? Keep these things in mind this weekend when making eating decisions and guaranteed Monday morning you will feel SO HAPPY you stayed in control.
We find that for many of our dieters, intuitive eating is difficult because it is far too easy to confuse hunger with other sensations – craving, thirst, boredom, stress, or simply the desire to eat. Because of this, we work with our dieters on the skill of “eating according to a schedule” so that they don’t have to rely on potentially faulty cues to know whether or not to eat.
Sabotaging Thought: It’s okay to eat this unplanned food because I’ll eat less and make up for it later.
Response: Looking back, when has ‘making up for it later’ EVER helped me to lose weight and keep it off? I’ve already proven to myself that this idea just doesn’t work and that spontaneous food decisions have negative consequences. Just stick to my plan and as soon as this food is out of my sight, I’ll be SO GLAD I didn’t have any.
In order to lose weight permanently, dieters can’t keep turning to food when they’re upset. Although initially difficult, dieters can learn to sooth themselves in many other ways and get to the point where, when they feel upset, they know they’re not going to eat because that would ultimately make them feel much worse. What do you do to soothe yourself when you’re upset?
You wouldn’t expect to be able to run a marathon if you’ve never run a mile. Dieting is the same – don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to take too many big steps all at once. Start with a few small changes, work until you master them, and then institute more. After all, small steps eventually add up to really big ones.
Sabotaging Thought: It will be a waste of money if I go to a restaurant and don’t finish my meal.
Response: The money is spent whether I eat the food or not. I should focus on the experience of enjoying a night out and enjoying the company, not eating every bite on my plate. Besides, if I bring some home I’ll save money because I’ll have food for another meal.
When dieting feels hard, it’s important to remind yourself that it hasn’t always been this hard (it’s helpful to think about specific examples of when it felt easier and you were feeling great) and it won’t always be this hard. As long as you keep pushing through, dieting WILL get easier again.
We asked a maintainer what keeps her motivated, and she responded, “I feel good in my body every single day. Physically and mentally I’ve never felt better, and that is something I’m never willing to give up. So I do what I have to do, and it feel great.”
If you eat at restaurants and feel bad about asking for special requests, remind yourself, “People make special requests all the time and I’m entitled to do so, too. If I were on a very strict medical diet I wouldn’t even think twice about making requests. Eating differently to lose weight and be healthier is just as legitimate.”
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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