What’s the best attitude for succeeding in weight control?

People differ a lot in the way they start our program. Some begin full of enthusiasm, like they’re jumping into a great adventure. Some are like students on the first day of school, waiting for their assignment and eager to learn. Others start off a little bit wary, not quite sure what they’re getting themselves into, and not entirely certain they can trust us. Yet others are struggling with a deep feeling of pessimism, hoping that somehow the program will help them, but quite doubtful that it actually will. All of these “types” are the result of different personalities, different family backgrounds, and different weight and dieting histories.

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Stop and smell the flowers

You need to stop sometimes. Coming back to the present moment is a gift to yourself.

You may be the most productive and creative person, with a head filled with new ideas, important tasks to complete, people to talk to, etc. Or you may be someone with a lot on your mind that you wish wasn’t there, worries, regrets, resentments, that you can’t seem let go of. You may spend a lot of time thinking about your next meal, what you should or shouldn’t eat, what you would like to eat, your mouth watering in anticipation. You may be excitedly thinking about your exercise routine and the great progress you’re hoping to make and next challenge you want to accomplish and can hardly wait to do more. Or you may be thinking about the dinner party you’re arranging or invited to attend, and what to wear, what to bring, and how much you want to go, or not go…

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Alcohol and weight control

You came for help with your weight and perhaps you were a bit surprised how much time was spent inquiring about your drinking habits. In fact, you shouldn’t be surprised, since alcohol can influence weight control in a number of ways.

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What is your history of weight gain?

If you’re struggling with your weight, think back to how you put on the extra pounds. Actually, think about “when” you gained them. Was it a slow a steady gain, or a periodic jump? Did it correspond with a certain time of the year? Was it mostly a side effect of the holidays? Your birthday? Vacations? Tax season (for accountants), or exam time (for students)?

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Social influence and eating for the wrong reasons

Many people who are obese or overweight are like that because they don’t have the right relationship with food. They may use food as a way to comfort themselves when they’re sad, or to keep themselves occupied when they’re not busy. Still others eat for the enjoyment of it. Just look at the way we entertain our friends. Everything revolves around food. We usually meet our friends for dinner at a restaurant or we invite them for a feast at home. Everything is about food and lots of it. This is a problem because when you think of food in this way, it’s hard to change what you’re eating.

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