Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A Key to Weight Loss and Maintenance Success


A friend sent this article to me this morning and I had to share it with everyone.  

This article is from Dr. Judith Beck, founder of the Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and is a great “read” as we move beyond the holidays. 

Recovering from Mistakes: A Key to Weight Loss and Maintenance Success
Dieters often make resolutions this time of year to lose weight and keep it off. Many dieters have made this same resolution in previous years and have ultimately not been successful. One of the biggest stumbling blocks that dieters face is getting back on track after a dieting mistake, often because they say to themselves things like:

I've made a mistake. I've really blown it for the day. I might as well keep eating whatever I want and start again tomorrow.

But it takes most dieters much longer to get firmly and consistently back on track -- perhaps a week, a month, or even a year. As a result, they likely gain back any weight they had lost.

We teach dieters many techniques to get back on track after making a single eating mistake. One such technique is the use of analogies to demonstrate that making one mistake is never a valid reason to continue making more mistakes. For example, we might say:

If you were walking down a flight of stairs and stumbled down a few, would you think, "Well, I've really blown it now!" and throw yourself down the rest?
If you were washing your fine china and dropped a plate, would you throw the rest of your plates on the floor?

If you were driving on the highway and missed your exit, would you continue to drive 5 more hours in the wrong direction?
We help dieters see that it makes no sense to compound one eating mistake with a second (or more).

Once they accept that all mistakes, even dieting mistakes, are a part of life and learn how to recover from them right away, they're able to lose weight and keep it off without disrupting and undoing their hard work and weight loss achievements.

         From Dr. Judith Beck, founder of the Beck Institute of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. 

I smiled as I read the three analogies....how about you?  Lennie Campbell Your Diet Diva


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