Positive Attitude Key to Weight Loss Success (cont.)
Then make a list of your reasons why you might not want to lose weight or things that are getting in your way, which might include:
This helps people sometimes really sort out whether they're ready to change, and it often will help them to figure out whether their reasons for losing weight are more compelling than their reasons for staying right where they are. In other words, it helps you better identify the returns or benefits of losing weight.
They also talked about how, when they were finally successful, they accepted responsibility; in other words, I heard things like, "I finally realized there was no magic bullet; it was up to me and in my power to lose weight." The masters shared many other psychological strategies that they used in order to be able to get themselves to eat less and exercise more.
Another example that I heard over and over again had to do with getting more out of life. People told me that when they lost weight they had to find other ways to find fulfillment and happiness than turning to food. For a guy, that might be taking an afternoon and going fishing. Women told me things like, "Now I take time to get my nails done." One woman even occasionally sends herself flowers. They learned to gratify themselves and reward themselves with things other than food.
I talk about the concept of a comfortable body weight in the book. A comfortable body weight is a weight at which you can say, "I feel pretty good, given where I've been" (it may not be your dream weight). A comfortable body weight is one where you have no medical problems caused by your weight, and finally it's a weight where you don't have to starve yourself and exercise like a fanatic to maintain it. For most of us, that means not being model thin.
Some people did tell me they had "trigger" foods they had to stay away from, but most people allowed themselves their favorite foods some of the time, but they also use control strategies to make sure that eating these foods does not get out of hand. For example, for our chocolate lover here, rather than buy a pound of chocolate and bring it into your home, the masters might suggest buying an ounce of your favorite or a delectable truffle and enjoying that one truffle.
Some people told me they eat desserts only in restaurants where the portion is controlled or they share it with a friend. One man told me he loves nuts, but he'll only buy an ounce or two at a time. Most people did tell me they make an effort to avoid keeping their most tempting foods in their homes, and if they do have them they keep them out of sight.
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