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The Brainy Approach

Her Menu

Psychologist Judith S. Beck, PhD, usually plans to have a small bite of some favorite cheat food (like a miniature candy bar) once a day. That way, cravings are easier to withstand.

Her (Mental) Moves

"I accept the fact that I may feel hungry an hour and a half before dinner," Beck explains. "But I don't have to satisfy my appetite by eating at that moment. I make the decision to wait." If the yen won't quit, she can break out that bite-size candy bar. Her other tactics:

  • Negotiate with temptations. Cravings can be harder to resist than hunger, because they attack at will and tug at your tongue. "I remind myself that the feeling is temporary and it's not nearly as uncomfortable as when I broke my arm or pulled a muscle," says Beck. "If I can tolerate that pain, I can resist the snacking impulse." Besides, at least one chocolate indulgence has already been planned for.
  • Positive reinforcement. Write down the reasons why losing weight is important, and read the list at least once a day. Or better yet, meditate on each goal. Create encouraging e-mail alerts or flash cards, and stick them in hot zones -- the pantry, the snack drawer, the jelly-bean jar (on the top, not the bottom).

Her Motivation Tip

"Instead of trying to find a way to fit exercise into my life, I arrange my schedule around exercise, which means I may not be able to get everything done in one day," Beck says. "But working out is my priority."

-- Judith S. Beck, PhD, director of the Beck Institute for Cognitive Therapy and Research, author of The Beck Diet Solution Weight Loss Workbook

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okchic18 wrote:

i agree, festivelady. the more variety i have in my diet the more i overeat because i can never decide on one thing i want most to eat. if i find something that is healthy and i really love, i tend to eat that almost daily instead of throwing in other options. doing this has made me successful at losing or maintaining my weight.

5/4/2010 02:57:15 PM Report Abuse
festivelady826 wrote:

Personally, I have also found that the more variety I have in my diet, the more I tend to overeat. I do better when my food choices are limited. The best way for me to lose weight is to purchase Lean Cuisines, supplemented with non-fat yogurt and fruit. It's ever so much easier to track calories this way as I think most people have problems with portion control.

4/26/2010 08:38:37 PM Report Abuse
cupcakefairy89 wrote:

As a chef this diet would make me absolutely miserable, eating only a small variety of flavors, I would get so bored.

1/5/2010 09:26:26 PM Report Abuse

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