So there you are doing some
good dieting, or so you think. You’re definitely working hard at it. You’ve
even had some dieting success: sticking to it, eating the right diet food,
shedding pounds. You’re feeling proud of yourself for getting yourself to do
something that you really hadn’t been able to get yourself to do. So what could
You could be dieting with
too much restraint. In other words, your dieting may be too restrictive for
you, too severe for your own good. You may have selected a diet that is too
limiting in the number of calories or in the types of food. Or forget the food
part. You could be too strict or too unforgiving or too anxiously preoccupied
with dieting thoughts and diet strategies.
What’s the downside of so
much self-restraint and self-control? This kind of more rigid restraint is
associated with a tendency to compensate for the severity of restraining
yourself by overeating and being unable to sustain your dieting.
Remember, when you are
clipping along on your dieting plan and successfully shedding your unwanted
weight, check yourself to see if you are being too restrictive, too rigid, too
restrained. You don’t want weight cycling and weight regain to be the result of
your method of dieting.