You step on the scale and groan at the number peeking between your toes. "I'll go on a diet today!" you think. Not so fast. Unless you are mentally ready to lose weight, any diet you try is likely doomed to failure.
In a widely accepted model of behavioral change, there are five stages of motivational readiness. If you're stuck in an early stage, your diet won't work, says registered dietician Karen Collins. Studies suggest that people may feel ready to lose weight, but if they are unprepared to alter their behavior, they'll fail, reports the American Institute for Cancer Research in Washington, D.C. in a column titled "Nutrition Notes."
The five stages of motivational readiness that can be applied to dieting, exercise, or just about anything in your life:
Stage One: Precontemplation
A person has no intention of changing.
Stage Two: Contemplation
A person intends to change--later.
Read the rest of the stages here.
Vivrant Thang blogs about live, love and music over at Songs In The Key Of Life.