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Successful Dieting Involves Planning How To Handle Inevitable Negative Feelings

May 12, 2015: 12:00 AM EST
Planning to diet and actually dieting are two very different phases of the weight loss process, and each is guided by unique factors, according to a U.S. study. Planning to diet is a thought process, whereas dieting itself involves feelings. That leads to a disconnect that often dooms the diet to failure. The reaction to deprivation is a feeling, and it’s usually negative. Ignoring food preferences leads to other negative feelings. A key to successful dieting, then, is to plan – not only how to cut calories – but also how to overcome the negative reactions inspired by the diet.
M. T. Kiviniemi et al., "Planning versus action: Different decision-making processes predict plans to change one's diet versus actual dietary behavior. ", Journal of Health Psychology, May 12, 2015, © SAGE Publications
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