If you think, “I don’t have time to exercise now, I’ll do it later,” ask yourself, “When has ‘doing it later’ ever gotten me the results I want?” It’s so helpful to PLAN IN ADVANCE when you’re going to exercise and then just do it – no excuses!
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.
When dieters say to us, “Dieting is so hard! Why am I doing this?” we answer, “That’s a great question. Why ARE you doing it?” and then we have them review their list of all the reasons they have for wanting to lose weight. When dieting gets tough, it’s crucially important to remind yourself of exactly why you’re doing it and exactly what you hope to get out of it.
Overeating during the weekend will likely cause you to feel guilty and badly about yourself – no matter how much your sabotaging thoughts try to convince you otherwise. On the other hand, maintaining control of your eating during the weekends will help you continue losing/maintaining weight AND feel good about yourself and your eating. It’s a win/win!
If you make a dieting mistake, it’s important to continue eating normally for the rest of the day. If you tell yourself, “I just ate too much so I’m not going to eat anything else today,” you may feel anxious or panicky when you get hungry later in the day and wind up eating way more than you would have if you had just decided to eat normally.
Sabotaging Thought: It’s okay to eat this because it’s just a little bit.
Response: It’s not about the calories, it’s about the habit. Every time I give in and eat unplanned food, I make it more likely I will the next time because I’ll be able to say to myself, “I gave in last time, so it’s okay to do it again this time.” Whether the food has 20 calories or 200 calories, it still reinforces the habit of giving in.
Food simply isn’t as enjoyable when you know you’re going to feel guilty about it later. When you’re making food decisions, remind yourself that the eating experience isn’t limited to just when the food is in your mouth – it also includes how you feel about it after.
In dieting, like everything else in life, you WILL make mistakes. If you were learning to play the piano and hit a wrong key, you wouldn’t think, “This is so terrible! I should just give up right now.” Of course not! You’d know that with practice you’ll get better. Dieting is no different – mistakes are just mistakes and not an indication that you should give up.
No matter what the event is, our dieters find that they have a much easier time staying in control of their eating when they have some type of plan. Spend a few minutes today thinking about all of the potentially difficult situations you may encounter this weekend and begin to formulate plans. Guaranteed the time investment now will pay off later!
If you’re worried about turning down food that someone is offering you, ask yourself: Compared to other disappointments in that person’s life, how disappointed will s/he really be if I don’t eat this food right now? On the other hand, if I reinforce the tendency to give in, go off my diet, and jeopardize my weight loss, how disappointed will I be?
Sabotaging Thought: Sooner or later I'm going to eat the whole box of chocolates so I might as well eat them all now.
Response: This doesn’t have to become a self-fulfilling prophesy! There are things I can do to make sure this doesn't happen, like IMMEDIATELY either throw away the leftovers or get some distance from them. If I can't get to them, I can't eat them.
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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