Summer Diets - Fact or Fiction?

August 2016

I talked about the psychology of successful dieting and what features of everyday cognition and behaviour distinguish those who can stick to a diet and those who give up more readily.

One important feature seems to be the pattern of attribution for lapses.  Some people catastrophic failure and see themselves as weak, and suffer from a negative mood state as a result.  They tend to give up.  Others put lapses down to more transient causes, they don't internalise any 'failure' and simply make small adjustments to food intake and exercise the following day.  They tend to be more successful at following a diet.  Catherine was a very good choice as presenter because she herself lost significant weight through more sensible eating and exercise.