Let’s talk dieting. When dieting you will have to adjust to the constraints of the diet in all types of situations and conditions. You will have to do this even though you will be experiencing a variety of emotional states. These emotional states will undoubtedly have an impact on your dieting skill.
Now if you think about it, dieting is a form of behavior change. You are changing from one brand of eating to another, the goal of which is to lose weight. With change in eating comes disturbance of routine, of habit, of goal, and of emotional equilibrium. When you are moving from the “known” to the “unknown” like this, it will be up to you to create and try out new ways that will work for you.
The constraints of dieting, the variety of situations and conditions in which you will be dieting, and the emotional states you will be facing, all to change your eating behavior, call for an approach to dieting that involves learning and practice. Learning and practice, though, are not the usual procedures when it comes to dieting. Of course, you do learn and you do practice inadvertently, and even consciously at times, when you’re dieting. Otherwise, you wouldn’t keep on dieting or recover from failures to adhere faithfully to your dieting regimen. Nevertheless, dieting with the specific mindset that practice and learning should be part of your dieting routine is a different matter, and one that seems to be necessary for successful dieting that leads to successful weight loss.