Top 5 reasons you might be a chronic dieter

Top 5 reasons you might be a chronic dieter

Chronic dieters remember temporary success on diets.

1. You don’t trust yourself

You don’t trust yourself to be in charge of your own eating plan.

2. You believe you’ll succeed next time

You convince yourself that by making a few small changes or by trying harder next time, you’ll be successful.

3. You have hope in a quick fix

You have false hope that there is an easy way to lose weight.

4. You remember temporary success

For a short period during your last diet, you felt in control and optimistic, and might have even lost weight.

“Probably nothing in the world arouses more false hopes than the first four hours of a diet.” ~Dan Bennett

5. You think it’ll be worth it

You think that losing weight will make dieting and depriving yourself worthwhile.

Polivy, J. & Herman, CP. (2002). If at first you don’t succeed: False hopes of self-change. American Psychologist. Vol 57(9), 677-689.

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