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 Health Hint #154
Lose Weight by Cleaning Up Your Psychological Pollution
 
 
Excerpted from "A Year of Health Hints"
365 Practical Ways to Feel Better and Live Longer



Smile when you push away those french fries, because maintaining a positive attitude is important for anyone watching their weight. And it requires some extra effort because--let's face it--trying to lose weight is probably not your idea of fun.

Basically there are two kinds of attitudes you can adopt: negative or positive.

People with a negative attitude undermine their own efforts. They see weight loss as a form of
self-denial only, an ordeal to be suffered through. People with a negative attitude perceive that
something of great value has been denied. They pollute their minds with this negative thinking in
much the same way that we pollute our air and water. As a result, they soon begin to feel sorry
for themselves and end up eating to relieve those feelings of loss and denial.
People with a positive attitude approach weight control as an opportunity for improvement, self-
enhancement, and self-control. A positive attitude enables a dieter to focus on what can be
gained in terms of satisfaction, self-esteem, and better health rather than what is lost.

To clean up your "psychological pollution," stick to your goals, memorize or write down this credo, called the Dieter's Dictum, and repeat it to yourself often.

I do not think of weight control as "giving up my problem foods." To give something up denotes that it has some value. Overeating has no value to me. I view eating management as “getting rid of my problem foods" much like I get rid of the week's garbage.

SOURCE: Many of the hints in this chapter were adapted from the Weight No More® program, developed by the American Institute for Preventive Medicine, Southfield, Michigan, 1983, 1989.

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