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.
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.
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 difference between knowing what you’re supposed to do and getting yourself to do it is figuring out what (sabotaging) thoughts are getting in the way. Once you figure out the thoughts, you can formulate responses, write them down on cards, and practice reading these cards every day. This will enable you to effectively respond to sabotaging thoughts in the moment and not give in.
Sabotaging Thought: Because I’m stressed out I need to eat.
Response: No, I may WANT to eat, but I don’t NEED to eat. If I was feeling this way and there was no food available, I would get through it without eating. Just because I want to eat right now doesn’t mean I should.
If you eat when you’re feeling stressed, likely once you finish eating you will end up feeling MORE stressed and out of control. Instead, if you focus your energy on calming down (without food) and solving the problem, you will feel better and more in control.
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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