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How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle While You Lose the Weight

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:01pm

by Maria' s Last Diet

G. Alan Marlatt, a psychologist working in the field of addictive behaviors, talks about a factor that significantly contributes to ongoing addictive behavior: an imbalance between "shoulds" and "wants". Dr. Marlatt has shown that too many "shoulds" in your life and too few "wants" make you more likely to turn (or return) to an addictive behavior such as overeating.

If you are attempting to stop overeating, but your life is filled to the brim with obligations and demands, then your lifestyle is what Marlatt calls "unbalanced". What' s missing is the side of life that contains things you simply want to do, enjoy doing, as opposed to things you should do. Without "the wants" side of life, you are depriving yourself of personal rewards. It isn' t hard to see then why you might seek out the immediate gratification of overeating.

It' s very important that you let yourself engage in activities for pleasure and self-fulfillment. This is what balances out the external and internal demands, keeps you from feeling deprived, and makes it much less likely that you will feel the need for self-indulgence.

Try this
Ask someone close to you to make side-by-side lists of your OBLIGATIONS (shoulds) and PLEASURES (wants). See which list is longer. What did you find? Is your life seriously tilted toward being a "should" person or a "want" person, or are your "shoulds" and "wants" in balance?

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