When you are trying to achieve something, there are always moments of strength, as well as moments of weakness—and so it is when you are attempting to lose the weight. The moments of strength are, of course, welcome and wonderful. The moments of weakness are not so welcome, and are certainly not wonderful.
But weak moments always come whether you like it or not. If you begin a weight-loss effort thinking you will be strong all the way through, every moment, you are likely to quickly become disappointed and disillusioned.
Moments of weakness when you are dieting are practically synonymous with “moments of being tempted”. So, how do you counteract these moments? The best way is by becoming a good self-regulator. One way you can do this is to learn how to take a “time-out” and underline the importance of your long-term goal right when you are faced with an immediate gratification moment. This is essential, because what often happens when a person is faced with being tempted, is that the short-term goal of “having what you want when you want it” takes over, and you become momentarily blind to your long-term goal of losing the weight. A gentle reminder to yourself at such a time can work wonders.
Another important thing to keep in mind is that the moment of weakness will pass. This is in the nature of a weak moment, a moment of being tempted. It is up to you to find ways to let it pass, without allowing it to take over.
So, here you have two self-regulatory tools: First is to remind yourself of the importance to you of losing the weight; second is to remember that the being tempted moment will pass, if you let it.