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What’s Dichotomous Thinking Got to Do With the Weight Loss Experience

Posted Jul 25 2013 6:35am

“It was a good day today. I didn’t eat off my diet, not once. This is so unlike yesterday, a bad day for sure. I was so bad yesterday I don’t even want to talk about it.”

Everyone has relatively good and bad days when they’re trying to lose their unwanted weight. The operative term here is “relatively.” One of the biggest downsides of indulging in dichotomous thinking such as, if it’s not good, it must be bad, is that you perceive your weight loss regimen as always on the verge of being threatened. If the day was good, you avoided the threat. If the day was bad, the very nature of your weight loss effort is threatened.

This is no way to live. This is no way to lose weight. So let relativity into your weight loss thinking and you will get rid of the threat that comes from all-or-none thinking.


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