A Big Weight-Loss Problem is Not Seeing What You Did or Didn’t Do For What It Is
Posted Jan 17 2013 5:00am
What you see is what you get. Not true. What you see is
heavily influenced by your values, needs, and expectancies. This means you go
beyond or fall short of the information that’s given. This can be easily
understood if you think of remembering. You most always add to or take away
from your memory of what happened, of what you saw, of what you did.
This is especially true when you have feelings riding on
what you saw, what happened, and what you did. The stake you have in your
self-image when it comes to overeating and weight gain heavily influences your
perception of how much you actually ate, for instance. The same goes for eating
fattening food. Feeling guilty and ashamed, not wanting to feel like a failure,
and many other feelings influence the way you see things, the way you see
yourself and the way you see (and remember) what you ate.
So what’s the corrective? How can you have veridical
(truthful and accurate) perception, especially if you’re trying to lose your
unwanted weight? One common way in regard to how much and what you ate is to
write it down right away. Keep a log of your eating. Note what you ate, how
much you ate, and when you ate it. There’s no fooling yourself (or anyone else)
when you write down what and how much you ate.