When you are on a weight-loss diet, you are bound to have some problems with staying true to the diet. That’s why problem solving is a good idea.
Here’s a general guideline for problem solving.
1. Check out a problem before it actually occurs. In other words, anticipate.
2. Delineate the problem for yourself. Be very specific, describe why this might indeed be a problem. Think about it as clearly as possible.
3. Think about your options for handling this particular problem. In other words, what can you do to solve it? Are there many things you can do? What are they?
4. Consider all the ways you thought of to fix this problem. Imagine what would happen after each solution if you used it.
5. After you have carefully considered using the solutions you’ve thought of, ask yourself which one or ones would work the best.
6. Now, after you’ve thought things through so well, you can act by using one of the solutions you came up with (or two, or even several).
7. See if the solution(s) you used works well or not. Be flexible enough to alter the solution, or even try something else you now think may work better.
Having a problem sticking to your weight-loss diet is like any other problem. You can think, anticipate, break it down, pay close attention, get clear, try things out. And because dieting is usually a complicated process with many challenges, if you don’t get it right the first time, you’ll have many more chances to problem-solve as you go.