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Protecting Yourself Against Sabotage with Weight Loss Efforts

Jul 13, 2008
Many people say that they would like to lose weight. However, it seems that often many of these people have trouble actually sticking to their diets. One of the biggest challenges dieters face when it comes to their weight loss goals is dealing with sabotage.

Weight loss sabotage can come in many forms. Some weight loss sabotage comes from yourself: you purposefully pass by the vending machine on the way to lunch and pick up a six hundred calorie candy bar. That is a way to sabotage your diet. To stick to your diet you need to understand all of the ways that you might be self-sabotaging your diet. It is also critical to understand exactly why you are self-sabotaging your diet.

Some of us have grown up in very critical homes where we have actually been told that we would never succeed at our goals. With a mind-set like that, it is easy to become someone that develops lots of self-sabotaging behaviors. Understanding exactly why you are self-sabotaging yourself will help keep you from doing this to yourself over and over.

Another form of weight loss sabotage is food pushers. These people can range from being mild and friendly to outright hostile. Sometimes it is the kindly, sweet-faced grandmother who says, "Oh dear, I made this peach pie just for you because I know it is your favorite. Won't you have just a teeny slice?" There goes a couple hundred calories, and you know it isn't a teeny slice when Grandma is cutting it for you! Other food pushers can be more manipulative.

They can actually use compliments in a backhanded way, saying, "You've lost so much weight! Eat something before you starve to death!" While some people do take dieting to the extreme, most people are well within the healthy range for dieting. If you are within a healthy range and dealing with a food pusher, the best approach is to be polite and to keep saying no. Keep a smile on your face and keep saying "no." Eventually they will have to give up. Don't let a food pusher ruin your weight loss success.

Fast food is another great challenge to sticking to your diet. So many of us are on the run, with fast-paced schedules. With no time to cook, you wind up grabbing a meal where you can. If you are saving money this often means fast food. Fast food can be a challenging way to keep the calories and fat at bay. Though in recent years this has improved. Watching their menus and visiting their websites to learn about nutritional information beforehand can be quite helpful.

You may discover that your favorite fast food restaurant has a couple of meals that while may not be really low-calorie, are healthier choices than the others. This is the best way to make your fast food choice. Remember that a salad can be a great option if you skip the dressing, or only add a very small amount. Grilled items always are going to have less calories than fried. Many dieters also save calories and eat well by dining off the children's menu. At some restaurants, these portions are actually more reasonable and healthy sizes for someone to eat than some of these huge servings the fast food restaurants give you.

Snacking can also be a true challenge when it comes to sabotage. It depends exactly on what you are snacking. There are healthy snacks out there. Finding new favorite healthy snacks may take a little research and some investigating. A great way to find healthy snacks is to ask other friends and family what their favorites are. Yogurt, string cheese and fruit are great choices. Dried fruit and nuts in small portions can also be excellent snacks.

Any dieter can learn to overcome both sabotage and self-sabotage in any form. With some practice, they can become a successful dieter.
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