Are You Going on a Diet to Do Something About Losing Weight ? Whether You Do or Don’t, Either Way You Face a Dilemma.
Posted Feb 10 2011 5:00am
Is it better to do nothing about losing weight than doing something and fail to live up to your expectations?
It could be so.
Psychological research on people feeling regretful about their actions and regretful about not taking action shows that people feel embarrassed, guilty, and other painfully self-conscious emotions when they act wrongly, and don’t feel this strongly when they don’t act at all.
What this means for dieters is that in both cases, going on a diet and not going on a diet, may cause regret; but taking action brings with it the risk of greater self-condemnation.
If you cheat on your diet, for example, you’ve transgressed and violated what you know was the right thing to do. By not even trying to diet you avoid this risk.
What do you find? Are you more likely to condemn yourself for not even trying or for trying and failing to live up to your expectations?