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Using Self-Control is Not A Good Idea When It Comes to Losing A Lot of Weight

Posted Nov 18 2012 9:11am

It is usually self-defeating to try to override your predominant patterns of behavior through willpower and self-control. Ask any woman who has tried to lose a lot of weight and then keep the weight off permanently. Successful weight loss doesn’t come when you try to stop yourself and change yourself through dieting. It’s as if the weight maintaining and weight gaining behaviors are locked in so tight that any action you take against them will not be strong enough to dislodge them. Certainly dieting and exercise alone have proven to be no match for the toughness of weight-gaining patterns of eating.

When behaviors like eating too much food or eating too many calorie-rich foods have become such a regular pattern for you, you can bet that such behaviors are serving an important purpose. Here’s where using psychology to lose weight comes in. You have to do some psychoanalyzing, see what’s making you eat the way you have been. Don’t settle for the easy answers. Go for the psychological reasons behind your eating pattern.

If you need help doing this, please go to The Reading Room and the White Paper, both of which are in the left-hand column of this blog at Or, if you want to have an actual book or an e-book to read through and refer to, check out the weight-loss books for women section on the right-hand side of this blog.

If you need more specific help, email us at and we’ll point you in the right direction.


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