I read this hint in "Women's World" (May 28, 2012) issue and IT REALLY WORKS!!
When cutting back on sweets or other temptstions, it is much more powerful to say "I don't want it" rather than "I can't have it." Studies show that saying "I can't..." makes me feel deprived and weakens my resolve. By saying "I don't want...", I feel in control and more empowered to stay on track. Try it!!
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I find that if I try to restrict my calories going into a non diet friendly meal (such as a celebration dinner or buffet) I tend to go way overboard because I get into reward mode. I do much better when I eat like normal throughout the day and treat the special meal just like any other meal. The same holds true if I've waited too long between meals, I overdo it.
We need steady energy levels to have willpower.
Substitute "committed" for "willpower." Willpower is a noun that suggests all or nothing, you either have it or don't - like being born with blue eyes. "Committed" is a verb that suggests decisive action and being in control. 'Having your committment level flag a little from time to time' doesn't carry the same negative feelings as 'losing your willpower'. Forget the willpower. Be committed instead.
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