YES. Psychology can destroy your diet

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Everything we attempt in life is linked to psychology. Our thoughts and ideas are linked to our behaviors and our actions. When it comes to dieting, psychology plays a very significant role. We can either succeed or we can psych ourselves out.

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Psychology can bring you to diet failure before you even begin dieting. When you consider going on a diet, you may at first decide to jump right into it. However, as you keep thinking about it, you end up putting it off until after Thanksgiving, then till after Christmas, and then the first day of the New Year, etc.

The thing is, we can diet during these times but we are psyching ourselves out before we can get anywhere! This is all because of fear. You are afraid that if you diet during known eating holidays you won’t have the willpower to make it. The more you put it off the more of a chance you will not begin. And, if it is worth doing in the first place, you won’t use any excuse not to start until X date.

Another reason that psychology kills a diet is that once it begins you talk down to yourself. You tell yourself you can’t make it. You may start the diet and wake up every day thinking about the food you cannot eat that day. This makes you want the food more and defeats your chances of eating the healthy food you know you need to make it. The bottom line is that changing your eating habits to go on a diet is difficult and takes some time. One of the worst things you can do is to jump into a diet and go whole hog right away. This is expecting too much of yourself and you are setting yourself up to fail.

On a final note, many people that go on a diet also try to start working out and quit smoking at the same time. When you take on too many habit changes at once, you are setting yourself up to fail. Take one thing at a time. The mind is a powerful thing and you must train it according to its own pace.

Tackle one small goal at a time and you will be far more successful and have a much lower chance of hitting a wall.

Best of Health,

 

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