If you have tried to lose weight, you would have probably faced many temptations. It could be a temptation to skip exercise or indulge in that sinful chocolate cake. When dieting, there are 3 possible ways in which you would most likely react to temptations. Which group do you fall into?
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Dieters Who Are in Full Control
A small group of dieters have the will power to completely resist temptations. These are the people who have probably been exercising and eating healthy for a long time. They are probably in great shape and have had a fair amount of weight loss success. These people have usually built up a fair level of discipline. They also have the ability to make decisions that help their weight loss efforts.
One of the reasons that these dieters have so much control is that they have crossed the exercise threshold. This is the point where the mental pain of not exercising far exceeds the physical pain of exercising.
Dieters Who Have No Control
The next group of people are those who succumb to temptations with the excuse that they are helpless. These people have probably been trying to lose weight unsuccessfully for a long time. They have a defeatist attitude. They blame their weight on everything but themselves. People in this group have probably been trying to lose weight all their lives.
One of the main reasons for this is that these dieters have lost credibility with themselves. They probably have a massively overdrawn personal integrity account. If you fall in this group, the only way to salvage the situation is to rebuild credibility with yourself. This is not a problem of will power.
Dieters Who Give In With the Promise to Make Up For It Later
The third group lies in between the ones with complete control and the ones without any control. If you fall in this group, you will probably negotiate with yourself every time there is a temptation. When faced with an irresistible piece of cheesecake, you would probably promise yourself to exercise longer or skip dinner.
In a recent behavioral study, researchers found that people who fall in this category are very unlikely to keep their promises. These people probably do not have the willpower or the discipline to follow through on their promises. In other times the promises that they make are unrealistic. Imagine someone who is already spending an hour on the treadmill making a promise to exercise more. If you fall in this category, you need to stop negotiating and trying to compensate. It will not work.
Which group do you fall into?