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
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?
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