Like many dieters, Kim can recall countless instances of falling into the all-or-nothing sugar trap: eating way too much sugar, cutting it out completely, then falling off the wagon and eating way too much again. Repeat.
Her weight has mostly stabilized, although she’s still losing about a pound a month right now. She’s not quite sure how much more she’ll lose.
Sharon has worked in an office setting for the last twenty years, so suddenly being home a lot more during the day has been a big change for her. Unsurprisingly, she has had some trouble with her eating.
When she thinks about eating more sugar, she’s focusing on the taste, not the consequences that follow. This is extremely common.
My client, Jane, told me she was eating too much bread (which was translating into too many calories per day).
“Calories don’t count on the weekends.” FALSE! Calories count just as much on a Saturday as they do on a Monday. This weekend, don’t fool yourself!
I was asked a question this week that I often hear from my dieters: Is it okay to have one “cheat day” per week?
Jen had been doing exceptionally well for months and months, but recently has gone through some hard times in her personal life, and was struggling more with eating.
Often dieters are hesitant to bring their own food or make special requests because they don’t want to draw attention to themselves and feel uncomfortable. We remind dieters that the reality is that never feeling discomfort and losing weight are likely mutually exclusive goals. It’s okay to feel a bit of discomfort when it’s in the service of goals that are hugely important and life changing! It’s not easy but it’s worth it.
Her basic mindset was, “This trip is hard and it’s a struggle.” I wanted her to switch her mindset to, “This is trip is hard and it’s a struggle, but I’m doing really well! I’m triumphing!”
The Beck Diet Program was developed by Dr. Judith S. Beck with Deborah Beck Busis, LCSW.
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