Do you fall for the planning fallacy? If so, it means that you underestimate the time it takes to complete a task?
Well, there are lots of tasks in the weight-loss process.
- finding the right diet for you
- preparing the good diet food
- starting your diet
- reducing the effects of your old weight gaining triggers
- getting yourself to stick to the diet
- dealing with feelings of loss and deprivation
- changing the behaviors, thoughts, attitudes, and feelings that led to overeating, repetitive snacking, living life for fattening foods, binging
These are only some of the tasks you will have to plan for during the weight-loss process. You can probably think of others.
So there you are, being optimistic (read: underestimating the time it will take to get yourself to start your diet). The pitfall: you lose faith in yourself and in the weight-loss process you’ve chosen when you don’t meet the deadlines you have in mind. This is no good. If anything, you need to feel encouraged when you’re doing something as hard as trying to lose some weight.
The antidote: Remember to keep the planning fallacy in mind and realize that you will probably underestimate the time it will take to complete a task (for example: all that’s involved in losing the first 5 pounds).