Dieting is generally easy in the beginning because motivation is high but some point (whether it's in three weeks or three months) it gets harder. This is completely NORMAL and it happens to everyone, and as long as dieters keep at it, dieting will get easier again.
Our weight management tips provide daily motivation and problem solving to help you stick to your eating plan. It’s an extra bit of motivation to help you start your day right.
Sabotaging Thought: The internet has been down in our office all day so it's okay to eat this because I'm stressed.
Response: It's NOT okay to eat this just because I'm stressed. It wouldn't help solve the problem and would only wind up making me feel worse for going off my plan. Instead I need to get problem-solving oriented and call our cable company again right away.
Dieters can't have the expectation that will eat like everyone else around them because then they will feel deprived. Dieters need to redefine their definition of "normal" eating because they ARE eating in a completely normal way – for someone who is trying to lose weight and keep it off.
Dieting, like any other skill, gets easier the more you practice it. If you think, "this is so hard, there is no way I can keep it up forever," remind yourself that it WON'T be this hard forever so that's not an accurate concern. Even though it's hard now, in 2 months it will be easier and in 2 years it will be MUCH easier.
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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