Losing the Weight, Keeping It Off: What Will It Take?
Posted Mar 01 2010 2:00am
types of mental processes you use to govern yourself are conscious regulation,
of which you are aware, and non-conscious regulation, of which you are not aware.
regulation of every decision, emotional state, and behavior takes lots of effort.
This kind of self-regulation is difficult to sustain.
comparison, your non-conscious mental processes are automatic and they do not
require a great expenditure of effort. They are fast acting, long-lived, and
can occur repeatedly without you feeling depleted.
binging, and being overweight over a lengthy period of time have come to be
governed by such non-conscious, automatic mental processes. These mental
processes are very hard for you to change because they happen and happen and
happen before you know it. They have become part of you. They are your habits.
you get yourself in gear to cross that arduous, bumpy, consciously regulated
of losing the weight. Here’s when conscious self-regulation needs to partner
with non-conscious regulation so the process doesn't require so much effort. There are lots
of ways to form such a partnership. You may do it through using better methods
of goal setting, developing specific plans, making sure you are realistically
optimistic, and other techniques. (See Find Your Issue and Categories to the
right of this post.)
you do what it takes to go from being overweight to maintaining your weight
loss, you will be governed once again by automatic, non-conscious mental
processes, which will be hard to change. Only this time, these processes will
be in the service of weight management rather than weight gain.