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Dieting Success Comes from Knowing What You Don't Know

Posted Dec 13 2009 2:00am
by Maria's Last Diet

Here you are clipping away on Day Three of your diet. You’re past Days One and Two, and you’re still going strong. You like this diet. It’s a good one for you. You’ve been on it before, and you know you like the selection of foods. All that’s left is for the weight to start dropping off you.

Wrong. There is something you don’t know. But what is it that you don’t know, and is it important to know what you don’t know?

Yes, and it goes straight to the heart of successful dieting. In order to be a truly successful dieter, you need to be able to assess your ongoing competence as a dieter. On Day Three or Week Three, you might assume you have what it takes to diet successfully. But you may be wrong—unless you know what you don’t know about you and dieting.

What’s the catch? There's no catch: the better able you are to tell how well or how poorly you’re doing, the better you’ll do. In other words, your skill level has a lot to do with how well you monitor yourself and find out what you do and don’t know how to do in relation to dieting. This self-monitoring tells you when you need to make adjustments. And it’s making adjustments, tweaking this, redirecting yourself to that, augmenting what you did, doing what you forgot to do, that makes all the difference between success and failure. That’s how it goes.

The more you know how to pay attention to yourself as you go along with your dieting, the more skilled a dieter you’ll be. And the more skilled a dieter you become, the better you will be at self-monitoring.


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