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Weight Loss Help with Losing Self Control

Posted Sep 15 2009 10:36pm

by Maria' s Last Diet

When people are upset, they are more likely to give in to their immediate impulses to make themselves feel better. Emotional distress can make someone suspend her long-term goals in favor of short-term goals. The focus becomes on-the-spot relief and this interferes with a long-term weight loss goal.

Eating, of course, is one important activity where your moods can have a direct effect on whether you stay the course of your weight loss goal or give in to more immediate needs.

Psychologists Dianne Tice, Ellen Bratslavsky, and Roy Baumeister studied the conflict people have between emotional regulation and self control (Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2001). One surprising result of this study was that participants didn' t just lose self control, give up self regulation, and give in to temptation. The people studied actively shifted their efforts from self regulation for the purpose of reaching their long-term goal to making sure that they took care of their current bad mood (short-term goal). They shifted their priority to what they thought they needed to regulate the most.

In other words, you don' t just give in, lose self control, or act impulsively. You turn away from your long-term weight loss goal in order to tend to and assuage your current emotional distress, your bad mood.

So here' s our question for you.

CAN YOU FIND OTHER WAYS TO DEAL WITH YOUR MOODS SO YOU DON' T HAVE TO INTERFERE WITH YOUR LONG-TERM WEIGHT LOSS GOAL?

Other women would love to hear what you have to say. Please comment.

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