If you want to lose weight and keep it off, weekends can’t be an excuse to overeat. However, it’s important to remember that it’s not all-or-nothing: it’s not as if you can eat everything you want or nothing you want. You can still enjoy reasonable portions AND get all of the advantages of weight loss.
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.
It is difficult for many dieters to tell whether or not they are actually hungry because they tend to confuse hunger with countless other sensations, like having a craving or feeling tired, bored, stressed, thirsty, sad, happy, etc. Eating according to a schedule can be helpful for dieters because it means they don’t have to rely on their sometimes faulty sense of hunger to know whether or not to eat.
Sabotaging Thought: I don’t want to exercise.
Response: I shouldn’t go by whether or not I want to exercise. If I want to lose weight and keep it off, and have good health, I need to exercise. Besides, I might be making this into a much bigger deal that it really is. I can do this.
Tuesday Reality Check: If you make a dieting mistake during the day, remind yourself, “I haven’t blown it. It’s not the end of the world. Start following my plan again RIGHT NOW and stop it at one mistake, don’t turn it into more. It’s a million times better to stop now than to allow myself to eat more.”
So often we hear from dieters: I want to lose weight so I can finally stop thinking about it. However, the truth is that for dieters who are losing and maintaining their weight loss, their weight will probably still be on their minds – BUT it will be in a really positive and contented way, instead of a negative and frustrated way.
To help stay in control, consider making a weekend-specific Response Card, such as, “My body doesn’t know or care it’s a weekend, it processes calories the same and if I eat too much I’ll gain weight. If I stay in control of my eating, I will have a BETTER weekend because I will feel good about myself, not bad. It’s worth it!”
When dieting, look out for sabotaging thoughts that start with the phrase, “I’m entitled to eat this because…” (I'm sad, stressed, bored, upset, etc.). If you have to justify to yourself why it’s okay to eat something, it often means you probably shouldn’t.
Sabotaging Thought: It’s sad that I can’t eat everything I want, whenever I want.
Response: Actually, it’s so GREAT that I can stick with my plan and lose weight. It would be so much sadder if I was stuck at an unhealthy weight where I didn’t feel good about myself.
It’s important to READ a list of all the reasons you want to lose weight every day. If you think, “This won’t help,” remind yourself, “I don’t have a crystal ball so I don’t know yet whether or not it will help, but I do know that NOT doing this has never helped me reach my weight loss goals. It’s worth a try.”
Remember, you can’t change what has happened in the past, you can only control what happens in the future. Whether or not you got off track this weekend, you can start being on track RIGHT NOW and feel good about your eating all week long.
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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