I was recently reading a study where they were trying to find a link between people’s attitudes and weight gain.
It was fascinating and fun to see some actual data. What they found might be a big key to helping you on the HCG diet or any diet for that matter. It will at least help you from gaining weight back after the diet.
So what did they find? Well, the study found that “high neurotic” and “impulsive” people are far more likely to have big gains in their weight. They looked at certain behaviors like binge eating and other such impulsive eating behaviors and sought out what caused them.
They found that those who were not prone to impulsive behavior, and were more thoughtful, tended to be skinnier and to avoid weight gain.
The reasons behind this are fairly obvious if you’ve watched yourself dieting and tried to keep the weight off. For example, if you keep a food journal and watch everything you eat with a watchful eye you will notice that you just tend to lose weight and to keep it off. It’s when we aren’t thinking about what we are doing, and just eating out of habit and getting out of control that we start to gain weight and spiral back to where we were before.
This little action of writing down what we eat seems so extremely simple but as you can see it is very powerful from a psychological perspective.
They also found that people who are cynical and aggressive tended to be about 22 pounds heavier than those who were calm and optimistic.
I see this a lot in my daily interactions with dieters. I find those who don’t do very well are those who are cynical and have very bad attitudes before starting. Those that are calm and optimistic for positive changes on the HCG diet tend to do FAR better. In fact it’s so powerful that I can easily spot those that will do well and those that will struggle with the diet plan.
So what should you do if you are a cynical, aggressive, or compulsive person? Well I think the firs step is to recognize it. Once you do you are past the first step and can now look for solutions. You then need to start writing down everything. Get out your frustrations on paper and also keep a log of what you are eating. This will help keep the compulsive behavior down while also helping relax you.
In the study they mentioned competitive behavior as a negative. I think if you use your competitive nature in the right way it can actually be really positive. For example, if you do the diet with several friends and make a bet on who will win can really help you keep motivated and on track. A little friendly competition is always a lot of fun.
So there you have it. Your thoughts and attitudes do effect your weight and can determine how successful you are on the HCG drops. So do your best to cultivate a optimistic and calm attitude towards your diet and you will do far better.