Why is it so common to hear people say “The Diet Starts Tomorrow”? Because so many people still think in terms of dieting as a way to lose weight.

A diet is short term and unpleasant. But if you perceive it as the solution to your weight problems, then you will be torn between thinking you should start the diet and not wanting to put yourself through the pain.

Funnily enough, I see this with some of my new clients. They will decide they want to start seeing me for weight loss, but tell me that they will begin after their holiday. Although they logically accept that my approach is completely the opposite of dieting, they still approach it with a dieting-type mentality.

From a traditional diet point of view, of course you would want to start a diet after a holiday. It’s a variation of the “diet starts tomorrow”. You want to enjoy your holiday and then put up with the “pain” of the diet when you get back.

But with a behavioural approach, putting off starting the programme till after your holiday is the wrong way to go about it. Because a behavioural approach is not about short term pain. What actually happens, is that I work with clients so that they can go on holiday, have a great time and still lose weight. This might seem impossible, but when you know how, it can easily be done. One of my clients spent 2 weeks on a magnificent winery tour and came back 1kg lighter. Another spent 4 weeks in the Greek Islands and came back 2kg lighter.

What this means is that rather than fearing losing weight, and putting it off until tomorrow, when you use a behavioural approach, you should instead be wanting to start immediately. The sooner you start, the sooner you can get the benefits.

What this first requires is giving up the dieting mentality, in other words: The diet doesn’t start tomorrow (or ever)

Dr. Khandee Ahnaimugan is a medical doctor who provides a bespoke behavioural programme for weight loss. To book a comprehensive assessment at his Harley Street Clinic please email admin@doctorkweightloss.com or phone +44 (0) 20 3130 4770.

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