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Diet Mentality versus Lifestyle Mentality

Wednesday, February 20, 2013



I'm highlighting parts of an exceptionally helpful motivational SP article:
Stop Dieting and Start Living!
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/motivation_articles.a
sp?id=620


A diet is all about numbers. A lifestyle change is all about you.

The diet mentality assumes that reaching a certain weight is the key to finding happiness and solving other problems. The lifestyle approach assumes that being overweight is usually the result of other problems, not the cause.

Going on a diet involves an external and temporary change in eating technique. The results of a diet are external; if you’re lucky, you may change on the outside—but not on the inside.

Making a lifestyle change involves an internal and permanent change in your relationship with food, eating, and physical activity. You recognize that the primary problem isn’t what you eat, or even how much you eat, but how and why you eat.

The key to both permanent weight loss and feeling satisfied and happy with yourself and your life is to take personal responsibility for what you can control, and let go of everything else.

And when you rely too much on external (diet) tools, techniques, and rules to determine your behavior, you are turning over your personal responsibility to the tools and techniques. If you find yourself frequently losing motivation or feeling powerless to control your own behavior, it’s probably because you’re counting on the tools to do your part of the work for you. You’re the only one who can decide what’s right for you; only you can change your attitude and perspective to match your personal reality.

I hope you go read the whole article at the source:
Stop Dieting and Start Living!
www.sparkpeople.com/reso
urce/motivation_articles.a
sp?id=620

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 2/20/2013 12:13PM

    emoticon ,I need this,,,thanks!...off to read..... emoticon

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FELINEBETTER 2/20/2013 11:13AM

    Very inspiring! I'm off to read the original article now! Thanks for posting this!

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SPARKARINO 2/20/2013 10:12AM

    I like your purple button -- "You have to say -- I'm just not going to do that any more" -- Yup, that is so true and that's what we Sparkers are learning and helping each other with. Now I will go and read the whole article.
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MELMOMOF4 2/20/2013 9:26AM

    very well said emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 2/20/2013 8:54AM

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TIGGERJEAN 2/20/2013 8:38AM

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NUTRON3 2/20/2013 8:14AM

    Very good, love it

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SIMONEKP 2/20/2013 8:13AM

    Ditto Kitt52

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KITT52 2/20/2013 8:10AM

    good article...thanks for the reminder...SP has very good info and wonderful people to help us reach our goals

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CHRISTINASP 2/20/2013 7:54AM

    Good points and good article.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/20/2013 7:51AM

    I agree. I refuse to call what I did and am continuing to do, a "diet." It's how I live now.
Being overweight is often the result of other problems, but it my case it was also being unaware of just how much I was eating. Tracking put that info right in front of my face.

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