Willpower And Diet

Are you losing the battle to stay on your diet because you lack willpower? Not so, say some experts in an article from WebMD (1). Some people may label you as “having no willpower” when in fact other factors are at work. When confronted with that tempting plate of donuts at the morning office meeting do you say “I have no willpower – I might as well not try” or do you say “I have a choice here. I am in control of that choice.” What you think is low willpower could just be that you’re starving. Plan ahead and take charge of your hunger. We have several high protein snacks you can use as a replacement to a donut and can be taken anywhere. If you know that party you’re going to this weekend will be filled with a bunch of fattening foods, make a plan today of how you’re going to handle it, even if you agree to indulge in your favorite dip. Just set limits beforehand and eat something filling before you go (an HMR shake would be great).

1. Weight Loss: Does Willpower Matter? Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD on November 17, 2006. WebMD. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/weight-loss-does-willpower-matter retrieved September 12, 2012.

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