12 YOU’RE HARD ON YOUR­SELF

Runner's World (UK) - - Weight Loss -

Give your­self a break: re­search pub­lished in the Jour­nal of So­cial and

Clin­i­cal Psy­chol­ogy found that af­ter in­dulging in a dough­nut, di­eters with ‘self-com­pas­sion’ could hold back on fur­ther eat­ing bet­ter than those who fo­cused on the neg­a­tive im­pli­ca­tions of their in­dul­gence. If, af­ter an off-the-diet bis­cuit, you’re filled with feel­ings of hope­less­ness, self-ha­tred and re­gret, chances are you’ll re­sign your­self to fail­ure and fin­ish the packet. But if you imag­ine you’re coun­selling a friend who has just eaten that bis­cuit, you’d be more likely to as­sure them one bis­cuit won’t ruin a diet. Look at your food di­ary: you’ll see that 99 per cent of the time you’re do­ing great, then you can start again. The same goes for run­ning. If you hit the wall be­fore fin­ish­ing a run and have to shuf­fle home, the de­mor­al­i­sa­tion can be paralysing, but if you look at your log and see how many miles you’ve cov­ered, or days you’ve run, you’ll see that one bad day is no big deal.

ADAPTED FROM RUN­NER’ S WORLD: RUN YOUR BELLY OFF! BY JEN­NIFER VAN ALLEN AND PAMELA NISEVICH BEDE (£ 9.99, RO­DALE)

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