Starting Tomorrow!(Am I The Only One?)

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Joined: May 09
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Posted: 04 May 2009, 05:28
Guys I am very honest so here it is. I dont know why I do this but I will look in the mirror, or try on a out fit and say oh I am going to start working out, or I am going on a diet.

I become so motivated and I can see myself thin in my head but then I kill it all by saying I am going to start first thing in the morning.

Since I know I am going to start in the morning I have what I call a last meal. A meal that includes all the foods that I like!

Have you guys done this? If so let me know cause I dont know why I do it. Last meal lol right! When I taste all of that good food it makes me want more as soon as I wake up!

Joined: Mar 09
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Posted: 04 May 2009, 07:39
By over-indulging before starting a diet, I think it sets you up for failure. To successfully loose weight, I don't think you should have to give up all the good things that you love, just adjust how much you eat them, how often you eat them, and counter balance that with exercise. By having the big meal, you have designated those foods in your mind as "bad", then when you have one (or all!) of them after you have started dieting you feel like you have failed, and that can lead to giving up completely.
Good luck to you. I have been following FatSmash for over a month and now I have new favorite foods! Looking forward to your success...

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Posted: 04 May 2009, 07:47
It is very common to do this.

It is called "last supper eating" and is part of the diet/deprivation mentality that so many folks fall into. It happens because you tell yourself you will "never" have such and such again OR that you will abstain for a set amount of time. Fearing that you will miss these items, their taste, their smell and will feel very deprived you go on one last "bender."

This happens when you "fall off the wagon" as well. For instance thinking "Scre* it! I blew it today anyway! I may as well eat what ever I like! I will hop back on the wagon tomorrow!" This thinking also falls under the same umbrella as eating something you see as "forbidden" then exercising to counter act those calories while dieting. "I ate XYZ so now I have to do an extra 30 minutes at the gym!"

More information on this can be found in the book Intuitive Eating. There is an entire section on this very subject, the when, where and why we do it.

Simply put what it boils down to is you are preparing to feel deprived and are having your last supper before hand.

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