A Major Dieting Mistake
What Is The Second Biggest Dieting Mistake?
Many dieters are all-or-nothing people. Very often they are high achievers, or at least lead extremely busy lives. They find it difficult to accept failure. They insist on trying to be perfect.
Unfortunately, when it comes to losing weight, this type of attitude is asking for trouble. Because in my experience, it is simply not possible to avoid "bad days" - even "bad weeks" - when dieting. Accidental binges are inevitable. And the only way to survive these setbacks is to go with the flow, then bounce back.
But perfectionists find it extremely difficult to "bounce back" after a binge. They become swamped with guilt and frustration at having "failed". So instead of rolling with the punch and returning to their diet after a day or so, they quit altogether and blame someone/something else.
Are you a bit of a perfectionist? If so, here's some advice.
Let me give you an example of what I'm driving at.
Things To Think About
All my top dieters - the ones who lost 150 pounds or more - made dozens and dozens of mistakes and had tons of disasters. The only reason they succeeded was because they continued to bounce back.
Perfection is a major obstacle to successful weight reduction. It makes us feel guilty and it stops us from bouncing back after a binge. So don't aim to be perfect, aim to reach your weight loss goal no matter how many times you fall off the wagon.
A major issue here is your view of time, and whether you think (eg) 14 months is too long a period to spend dieting. For some suggestions on this issue, see How Fast Do You Want To Lose Weight.
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