The Curse Of PerfectionismFrom
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All right lets take roll call. All of you
who are perfectionists please take one step forward. Just as I thought -- there
are quite a few of you out there.
Well, rest assured, you are definitely not
alone. In my work with The Inner Diet program over the years, I have gathered
research on over 42,000 overweight people. This research revolves around
perfectionism and several other emotional issues relating to overeating and
By the way, thats a substantial sample size.
The theory in statistics: The larger your sample size, the more confident you
can be of your findings. Perfectionism is one of the issues Ive tracked and
tested for over the years.
My findings reveal that 51 percent of all
overweight individuals have a serious problem with perfectionism regarding
weight control. So, as you can see, this is a major issue for a great many of
A perfectionist is someone who brings an
unrealistic attitude to weight management. They have an all or
nothing mindset when it comes to managing their eating and health.
Perfectionists expect the impossible of
themselves... to be perfect. The typical weight loss pattern for a
perfectionist is (and you will all identify with this Im sure) once you vary
from your program -- even slightly -- you abandon the whole program.
For example, lets say you have
followed your program perfectly for a couple of weeks when, in a moment of
weakness, you eat a piece of cake. Now because you are a perfectionist you
dont just chalk this up as a minor slip and get back on the program.
Noooooo! Being a perfectionist you equate a minor slip with total failure --
and now you consider yourself a failure!
And since you have failed, you figure why
not eat the rest of the cake? And, of course, whats cake without ice
cream? See how this pattern develops?
This is how perfectionistic thinking
sabotages your best effort at weight control. Since no one is perfect, this
all or nothing mentality dooms you to failure before you even
When you equate a minor slip
with total failure you have no chance of succeeding. Perfectionism in weight
control is a built-in guarantee of failure.
The antidote for perfectionism begins
Step one: Becoming aware that this is an
issue for you. You now need to learn how to incorporate some reality and
flexibility into your program.
The 95 Percent Rule, I will give you an example on
how to do this. It makes perfect sense... now doesnt it? Dr. John Sklare,
director of the eDiets Emotional Support Center, shares his expertise on
"emotional eating" with the eDiets community. Dr. Sklare is also the author of
the eDiets Audio Companion Program -- the powerful and innovative new offline
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