Do you have trouble with your weight and with losing your
unwanted weight because you act impulsively?
In a large national sample of people in the United States, 17% were found
to be impulsive, with impulsivity defined as “rapid unplanned reactions to
internal or external stimuli with diminished regard to the negative
consequences of these reactions”.
Do you think you are impulsive? Does this definition fit
you? If so, are you impulsive only with regard to eating and weight, or are you
impulsive in other areas of your life as well?
What causes you to act impulsively, and can you do anything
about it? Whether you are impulsive infrequently or it’s a pattern, the
immediate cause is usually some situation or event that triggers a heightened
Can you do something about being impulsive so that your
impulsiveness does not affect your ability to stay on your diet and lose all of
that unwanted weight? Yes you can. If risk-taking, for example, is your form of
being impulsive, this is something you can try to manage better when you’re
trying to lose some weight. If you make up your mind too quickly and this leads
to mistakes and poor judgment, you can try taking more time to think things out
or try using more in-depth problem-solving techniques.
If managing your impulsive behavior doesn’t work because you
have a more set pattern of impulsiveness, then you probably have to get at the
heart of what is making you act impulsively. This could involve identifying
your motivation for acting impulsively. Do you want to get away from unpleasant
feelings and thoughts, for example, and doing something impulsively is what
gives you the perfect escape route? In this case, you might work directly on
being able to better tolerate your unpleasant feelings and thoughts, or you could
see how to go about resolving what caused the thoughts and feelings, so you
don’t have to experience them in the first place.
For goodness sake, though, don’t let an impulse get the
best of you when you are trying to reduce your weight. There is always
something you can do about it.
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