Where Doth Your Old Eating Pattern Go After You’ve Slain It?
Posted Oct 31 2012 5:00am
Where does the old behavior go when you change your pattern
of eating from overeating to normal eating?
If you went on a diet, reduced your weight sufficiently and
now you are maintaining your weight right around your goal weight, what’s
happened to the old mindset of eat, eat, eat? Is it lurking around the next
corner ready to jump back in with both feet? Did you destroy it? Is it in pieces?
Did you unlearn it? Could it be
gone for good, banished by all your hard work?
Have you tested yourself to see if the old you is still
there? Can you, for instance, go out to eat and maintain your weight? What if
you’re stirred up about something, or laid low by something your friend said?
Can you still not revert to old ways? What if you directly tried eating the way
you used to when you were overweight? What then? Maintain or relapse into your
old eating pattern? Dare you tempt fate?
You should know that any behavior and mindset that you used
for a long time has not been completely extinguished. It’s there somewhere. You
can make sure that it isn’t just lurking around the next corner ready to become
part of your life again. There are two ways you can do this. You can make sure
that your new replacement behavior—eating normally—is something you use in many
different contexts (restaurants, dinner parties, snacking, under different
emotional conditions) so that it becomes second nature in all these contexts.
Another way to prevent relapse is to practice lapsing and recovering (falling off and going back on) while
you’re maintaining or even while you’re still dieting (cheat and go right back
to your diet plan).