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Choice vs Decisions

Have you noticed how many new diet books have come out in recent years? From The Dash Diet Weight Loss Solution (Marla Heller, MS, RD) to The Parisian (Dr. Jean-Michel Cohen) to The Shred Revolutionary Diet (Ian K. Smith, MD), every expert seems to be touting a new system to capitalize on New Year’s resolutions.

At Revolution Physical Therapy and Weight Loss we maintain our attitude and focus on healthy living, no matter the calendar date. That’s why our Motivation Managers guide clients through healthy behavior change using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques, to help people confront their old habits and form new ones.

A developed treatment protocol using ACT for weight and diabetes management (Gregg, Hayes & Callaghan, 2012) focuses on the concept of Choice v. Decisions; namely, we make decisions based on feelings or facts, but we can make choices for no reason at all. For example, “[Y]you may decide to go to a movie because you like the actors, want to get out of the heat, etc, but you could choose to go to the movies whether or not you like the actors and whether or not you want to escape the heat; really for “no reason” at all.” The distinction is paramount to healthy behavior change – we can all decide to eat right, exercise more, and take care of our bodies no matter the evidence or emotions or body sensations we experience from day to day. Making the decision for “no reason at all” takes a lot of pressure off individuals to convince themselves that healthy living is the “right” thing to do.

Motivation Managers at Revolution Physical Therapy and Weight Loss emphasize concepts such as this in order to make it easier to decide on healthy living, and to support clients when they struggle.