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Self-Control and Weight Loss

Posted Aug 27 2008 8:31am

Hello everyone:

To lose weight, all you have to do is to eat less and exercise more, right? Right. Well, that's easier said than done. One of the critical components of weight loss success is the principle of self-control: exercising willpower with our eating and exercise choices. This is essential, but most of us are pretty bad at it. So, what to do?

In an recent Psychology Today article named " Baby Steps to Grown-Up Control", ideas are given to boost your weight loss journey through strengthening your self control. The main idea is this: self control is like a muscle that becomes stronger with practice and exercise. If you can practice small, consistent demonstrations of self-control through simple tasks, your control will increase. Stronger self-control in general makes for better eating and exercise choices.

Try these exercises to build the mental muscle that can actually help you diet:

-- Think twice before buying something.
-- Focus on eliminating "um"s or other unnecessary words from your speech.
-- Spend a week or two avoiding alcohol.
-- Try brushing your teeth with your less dominant hand.
-- Remind yourself to sit up straight.

A second idea to boost your mental self-control for better weight loss: my comprehensive hypnosis program for weight loss, " The Weight Loss Mindset".

Wishing you strength, will power, and a smaller waistline.

Dr. Randy

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