The old saying “Honesty is the best policy” applies to successful weight management. Being less than honest with ourselves is a common problem among dieters. Making the decision to own one’s weight problem and agreeing to do what it takes to manage it are keys to success. Accept the fact that food itself is not the problem. The real issue is control.
The reality is that everyone, even those who are thin, is subject to temptation. It takes control and discipline to avoid or limit fast food and the abundance of snack foods so readily available. Be careful not to justify eating poorly because of busy schedules and lack of time, etc. The reality is that those who are successful with managing weight are busy people with hectic schedules as well.
Everyone can practice control by having strategies. Planning ahead, packing a lunch for work, stocking up on healthy snacks, and reminding yourself that “I can do this,” are all examples of strategies that can help. Convince yourself that you must develop a new relationship with food to increase your self-control.
CONCI dietitians are a wonderful resource available to patients. Take advantage of classes as well as consultations with them to learn about nutrition, behavior modification, and strategies to improve your likelihood of long-term success.