I just came to the skipping lunch experiment in Beck and did it today. She doesn't at all advocate skipping meals but for one day she suggests we skip lunch and monitor our discomfort. First step is making a scale from zero (no discomfort) to 10 (worst discomfort you've experienced).
I found this experiment incredibly enlightening! I never reached a level of discomfort greater than about cleaning the cat litter boxes. Reality was nowhere near what my thoughts tell me. For me, it was the measuring throughout the day against that personal scale.
Highly recommend not skipping this step! Very valuable.
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From what I read in my Beck book, Beck doesn't advocate skipping meals. The one time is as an exercise to practice hunger tolerance and recognize hunger. You are suppose to rate your hunger throughout the exercise. Other than a one day/one meal experience, she says to not skip meals. Cindi
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everything i have read on dieting and losing weight says to eat 3 meals. breakfast is the most important. if you skip a meal your body starts sending you signals that you are hungry and you wind up eating more food than planned and you usually wind up eating thihngs you don't want to eat any way
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I can can skip breakfast any day, too. But should I?
I think Beck is trying to make the point that you won't die if you don't eat. You have reserves that will carry you thru. Just because it's 12 you shouldn't eat. Just because there is a chocolate cake in front of you, you shouldn't eat it.
I agree with Steve that aside from breakfast I find skipping a meal really weird. I think I need the break for lunch and the socialization for dinner as much as anything.
Anyway, I redo this periodically as I think I gain a sense of control and understanding of why I eat
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Ah yes,day twelve, i think it is, of th Beck book.... I love this one because it was so transforming. Beck is not advocating regularly skipping meals, but she IS helping us realize that its not the end of the world to be hungry for a few hours. (Unless there are medical issues of course... Ppl with blood sugar issues, for example)
I used to fear that I would lose all control if I went hungry for too long. Now I know I won't. if i have to wait an hour or two because of my schedule or an emergency, its fine. the hunger will go away when Im distracted, and I can eat my normal meal or snack when I get to it.
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Passing up a meal or delaying a meal until I feel physical hunger does not come naturally to me. Every time I do it feels scary/alien, but I think it is cool. Today, I just did not feel like eating lunch. I wasn't at all hungry and put off eating until dinner.
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