Friday, January 07, 2011
In the Beck Diet Solution (accurate subtitle is: train your brain to think like a thin person) you prepare to "diet". I'd prefer to call it developing a healthy lifestyle, but I think the idea of preparing for it makes a lot of sense.
The first activity is to create "advantages response cards". You list all the reasons you want to lose weight and change your lifestyle. Beck gives you a list of 25 reasons, including many advantages I'd never thought of, like "I'll be proud of myself when I make wise food choices" and "I won't be embarrassed to eat in front of others." She got them from her patients, as she is a therapist, who has lost and kept off 15 pounds, but helped many, many people with all kinds of eating issues. She encourages you to come up with your own, too. You copy your reasons onto index cards and put them on your mirror, in your purse, in your car, etc. She insists that no matter how much you think you will never forget why you want to lose weight, that this is a crucial step to get ready to counter sabotaging thoughts!
She specifically addresses people who come to her program at a normal weight with a history of not being able to keep the weight off. She says her program works just as well. If you do each activity daily it takes 6 weeks to go through the program. She says, though, as long as you do each on in order, it really doesn't matter if you want to speed it up a bit or spend a week on each step. You'll get there.
I'm going to do the activities and give it a try. Hope to train my brain!!