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Why So Many People Think The First Time Around Is Hard

This is based on data from the National Institute of Digestive and Kidney Diseases. One third of Americans admit, before trying a new diet, that they think it will be harder to keep eating it. Many more say they’ll give up eating in order to stay on a new diet more long, while one third say they are likely to take a few months before they can eat normally again.

One of the most difficult things to do is to make a commitment to something that is not easy to stick to. Yet, when we make our commitment to a diet, we think all the difficulty is behind us. Yet, people are making a commitment to a diet of which 80% of them will give up by the third week. That’s the reason for this blog.

But the reason why we believe we are making a commitment that is “easy-to-follow,” is because we have convinced ourselves this commitment will be easy to stick to.

There are many factors that contribute to people making a diet commitment with difficulty. One of them is thinking, “It’s more difficult than I thought,” and some people even think, “I must not like this diet.” Most people who give it up after a few weeks, however, feel no real difficulty. And if they feel no difficulty, the difficulty is not there. They need to make a commitment, but they are sure that the commitment will be easy to follow.

If you are giving up a difficult task, you need to decide whether or not this commitment really will be easy to follow. If you think it won’t be easy, it’s the least difficult thing at all. If you think it is going to be a struggle, it’s quite possibly the hardest thing at all, because your thoughts of difficulty need to be replaced by your thoughts of enjoyment.

As I discussed in my book, I had a hard time sticking to the diet I had in mind. But I wasn’t giving up because of difficulty; I was giving up because I felt it wasn’t worth the effort. And since I was already making a commitment to it, even if it sounded difficult, I simply ignored the difficulties. I decided this difficult commitment wasn’t hard enough, so I went on to the next one.

I had this belief, a belief that is reinforced by research, that making a commitment can be difficult. But what research does not address is whether making a commitment to a diet is harder than any other habit. I am not surprised these studies don’t address this. There is a danger to looking to what studies don’t address, when they can be very telling about what the research actually shows.

People who have successfully made and sustained new commitments often say that it’s easy to stick to a new diet. They feel that when it’s hard to stick to, it’s because they’ve given it up already. People who give up after a handful of weeks find themselves feeling like failures.

Many people have this belief that making a diet commitment is hard because what they are saying is, “I’m so worried about it, that I can’t stand to follow it. It’s going to be so tough.” A commitment to a diet isn’t hard if it’s not hard to stick to.

I don’t think a commitment to a diet is hard if it’s a hard task, because that is hard. For instance, being a mother for a year is hard. A commitment to that can be very hard, because a mother is in charge of a lot of things. If you are a mother, you may have responsibilities that don’t make sense to the person you are giving up for another. You may be putting yourself at risk if you have to take care of children who are not your own. Or you may just not be interested in it. These aren’t real reasons why it’s hard to stick with something you think is hard, but they can be real enough reasons.