Most people are really good at diagnosing their own dietary issues, but don't always realize it. "People always ask me the same question: 'What's the one thing I can do to start losing weight?' I usually ask, 'What's the one thing you know you shouldn't be doing?'" It's a simple question, but most dieters already know the answer. Whether it's too much cheese, too many dial-in dinners, or too few dessert-less nights, clients are usually quick to answer Batayneh's question.
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Once you identify your nutritional nemesis, an all-or-nothing approach may seem like a smart move, but it usually backfires (think more "all," less "nothing"). Instead, Batayneh suggests you negotiate: "When clients tell me what they shouldn't be doing, I tell them a way to cut it down to one: one sweet per day, one serving of fries per week. Whatever they believe is their dietary Achilles heel, that's where I focus my 'one' therapy." It's a simple, yet effective way to address your biggest food issue without eliminating it entirely.