Monday, January 31, 2011

The Perfectionism Trap!

Some of characteristics of a perfectionistic dieter are:
  • They typically begin a new diet on a Monday.
  • They try to speed up the process by under-eating and over-exercising.
  • They enjoy the thrill of eliminating certain foods.
  • They battle strong urges to eat unhealthy foods and skip exercise.
  • They use the words "good" or "bad" to describe certain foods and their eating behavior.
  • They fall off the wagon after just one bad night and sometimes even after just making one bad food choice.
  • They are convinced that past failed attempts were a lack of effort, or failing to stay focused.
The perfectionistic dieter typically sees great results and feels completely in control for a few weeks or months. If this is you, then you know how the bottom can fall out and how your motivation can disappear overnight.

How does the perfectionistic dieter break free of a pattern that simply doesn't work? The answer is to shift to the 80/20 approach, which means learning to make healthy choices 80% of the time. This approach leaves room in your weight loss program for both planned and surprise indulgences.


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