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During the Weight Loss Process There’s a Whole Lot of Teaching Going On

Posted Jul 04 2013 2:34pm

When you are trying to lose excess weight, you are teaching yourself a lot that is new. You’re teaching yourself new ways to eat, new ways to think and feel, and setting and implementing new goals for yourself. It may not seem like what you are teaching yourself is new because you probably have been doing these things in non-eating situations forever and ever. What you are trying to teach yourself to do, though, in connection with losing your unwanted weight is new in the context of trying to lose weight.

One thing you will be teaching yourself to do is to dissociate or disconnect your old weight-gaining behaviors from the context of food. You will be teaching yourself not to respond to all the old signs, signals, and cues that triggered weight-gaining behavior like overeating or eating too many calorie-rich foods. You probably will also be teaching yourself to associate something unpleasant with your old weight-gaining behavior, so that you are not likely to revert to this behavior.

By the same token, you will be teaching yourself to associate something pleasant with your new weight loss behavior, things like self-restraint, setting and implementing new weight reducing goals, new thinking, and new ways of coping emotionally with trying to do something that has been hard for you to do.

When it comes to losing your unwanted weight, there is definitely a whole lot of teaching going on.


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