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Core Beliefs About Diet and Exercise

Friday, January 24, 2014

Day 19 of the fatloser.com video series was a review of the fact that belief precedes action and an inventory of core beliefs about diet and exercise.

Siebold asked:
What are your core beliefs about diet and exercise?
Are these beliefs helping or hurting you?
What would I have to believe in order to succeed at __________ at the level I desire?

He showed with his own old set of 10 erroneous beliefs how to reframe them into beliefs that would allow him to reach his goal. I liked the one which says "dieting is a light discipline with disproportionate rewards."

The catch, Siebold says, is persistence. It doesn't happen overnight. You will see a difference in 3-4 weeks, but you may not fully assimilate your new beliefs (and thus be automatically acting on them) until closer to a year of practice.

Here are my belief lists focused on maintenance.

About diet:
1. I maintain my goal weight with good food choices and portion sizes.
2. I track what I eat to know the calories consumed are appropriate to maintaining my weight.
3. Temporary hunger is not a crisis. It allows me to savor the next meal.
4. Food is plentiful. I don't need to eat it all NOW.
5. I do not have to eat, or even taste, everything put out for my consumption.

About exercise:
1. It improves my appearance, strength, balance and flexibility.
2. It improves my energy level and mental clarity.
3. It makes me want to move even more.
4. It gives me satisfaction for a job well done.
5. It makes weight maintenance easier.

I'm off to exercise. I want those benefits!!
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