When it comes to choosing a diet, dieting and exercise,
weight-loss strategies, setting weight-loss goals, and taking weight off, do
you know your own mind?
What makes you choose one diet over another? What keeps you
on the straight and narrow as far as exercise and dieting are concerned? With
what in mind do you pick your weight-loss strategies? How do you go about
setting your weight-loss goals?
If you answered all of these questions by saying you thought
hard and long, deliberated carefully, and made informed decisions, you might be
mistaken. In fact, you probably are mistaken. The truth is you may not be aware
of what prompted you to decide, select, act upon, and otherwise do what you
did. You might think you made a conscious decision or acted that way because
that’s what you decided would be best, when in fact your behavior was guided by
a previously held belief, a goal of which you were unaware, a set of pleasant
or unpleasant memories, or an old habit.
One of the most frustrating responsibilities you have when
you are trying to lose some weight is to see what is causing you not to be able
to consciously do what you set out to do, and then do something about it.