If you're trying to lose weight, be aware of "polarized thinking," i.e., the all-or-nothing, black-and-white thinking that is a particularly dangerous when it comes to sustaining your weight loss efforts. Essentially, polarized thinking is a shabby defense designed to protect you from the stress of dieting. When you use polarizing words like “always,” “never,” “can’t,” “too hard,” “no way,” and so forth, you’re actually giving yourself an out. Once you declare, “This diet is too hard. I can’t do it!” and your thinking becomes polarized, you’re actually giving yourself permission to quit trying. If you stop trying, you will end your ambivalent—should I, shouldn't I--struggle, but the sad fact remains: you may be eliminating your struggle, but your regrets will begin. Starting today, be on the lookout for how you use polarized thinking to excuse yourself from the demands of dieting.
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